In doing so, the court overturned the wishes of an overwhelming majority of Oklahomans for voted to ban sharia law from use in state courts last year.
NEWS 9 In the November 2010 election, Oklahomans voted overwhelmingly for referendum SQ 755 — described by its author, Rep. Rex Duncan, as “a preemptive strike against Sharia Law coming to Oklahoma.” The amendment stated that: “The courts shall not look to the legal precepts of other nations or cultures. Specifically, the courts shall not consider international law or Sharia law.
The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, federal appeals court in Denver, Colorado has upheld a ruling blocking the implementation of an Oklahoma law banning the use of Sharia and international law in its court system. It concluded that the man who challenged the voter-approved law, Muneer Awad, made a strong showing that he could potentially prevail in his lawsuit against state Question 755.
Awad is the executive director of the (Terrorist Front Group CAIR) Council on American-Islamic Relations in Oklahoma. He argues that the law amounts to a condemnation of Muslims living in the state.
“This is an important reminder that the Constitution is the last line of defense against a rising tide of anti-Muslim bigotry in our society, and we are pleased that the appeals court recognized that fact,” said Muneer Awad. “We are also hopeful that this decision serves as a reminder to politicians wishing to score political points through fear-mongering and bigotry.”
Oklahoma’s solicitor general says that states have the right to establish their own court systems and have a say in which sets of laws are followed.