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Sharia Law: Coming Soon to a Courtroom Near You
If you thought only U.S. laws ruled the land, you thought wrong — at least according to a crazy decision recently handed down by a federal judge in Oklahoma.
On November 2, Sooner State voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum that directs courts to "rely on federal and state law when deciding cases" and forbids "courts from considering or using international law" or "Sharia law." Muneer Awad responded by filing suit, and Judge Micki Miles-LaGrange, a Clinton appointee, promptly issued a temporary restraining order, putting the people's voice on hold.
The plaintiff asserted that his First Amendment rights would be violated if Oklahoma's constitution was amended to implement this ban against consideration of Sharia law. The amendment, he claimed, would constitute official "disapproval" of his religion. Moreover, it would invalidate his last will and testament, which incorporates various teachings of Mohammed.
Judge Miles-LaGrange bought the argument that banning foreign law would inhibit the practice of religion — in this case, Islam — and lead to excessive government entanglement with religion. She confused the practice of religion — which is not banned under the referendum — with the imposition of a foreign body of law derived from Islam.
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