Oklahoma’s Ban on Sharia Law Declared Unconstitutional

Muslim ChildrenOKLAHOMA CITY — A federal judge in Oklahoma City has thrown out the state’s ban on the use of Sharia law in government, opining that the restriction violates the United States Constitution.

The ban had been approved at the polls in 2010, and passed with the support of more than 70% of voters. However, just two days after the ban was approved as a state constitutional amendment, Muneer Awad, the then-director of the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) filed suit in federal court through the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), claiming that the law violated the Establishment and Free Exercise clauses of the First Amendment.

He was granted a temporary injunction days later, which was later upheld by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

On Thursday, Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange, appointed by Bill Clinton in 1994, placed a permanent injunction against the ban, declaring it to be unconstitutional.

“While the public has an interest in the will of the voters being carried out, the court finds that the public has a more profound and long-term interest in upholding an individual’s constitutional rights,” she wrote. “[F]or the same reasons set forth by the Tenth Circuit, the court finds that defendants have failed to assert a compelling state interest and have, therefore, failed to satisfy strict scrutiny.”

Miles-LaGrange said that because Sharia law is not being imposed on the state at the time, it is not currently a threat to Oklahoma residents.

“[A]ny harm that would result from permanently enjoining the certification of the election results is further minimized in light of the undisputed fact that the amendment at issue was to be a preventative measure and that the concern that it seeks to address has yet to occur,” she stated.

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Miles-LaGrange also agreed with Awad that the constitutional amendment was discriminatory against the Muslim religion. The state had argued during the court proceedings that there was no discrimination inherent in the ordinance.

“The plain and ordinary language of the above-quoted measure demonstrates the principle purpose of the measure is to ban Oklahoma courts from looking to the precepts of other nations or cultures. The reference to ‘international law or Sharia law’ is merely a subset of the reference to ‘precepts of other nations or cultures,'” it wrote in a legal brief submitted to the court. “The measure bans, equally, all laws from other nations or cultures, including, but not limited to international law and Sharia law.”

Current Oklahoma CAIR director Adam Soltani said that he was pleased with the decision.

“As Oklahomans, we are incredibly thrilled at the decision and applaud the judicial system for upholding our constitutional rights,” he stated  following the ruling. “This is a victory not only for Oklahoma Muslims, but for all Oklahomans and all Americans.”

However, some were disturbed with the outcome of the case.

“Well, now it’s just a matter of time before the first leftist (or maybe way rightist – I’m not sure where it falls) judge bases his rulings on the Koran instead of the Constitution,” stated Broken Arrow resident Jonathan Schwarz. “Mark my words; it’s a matter of time.”

Six other states have passed similar legislation. Arizona, Kansas, Louisiana, South Dakota, Tennessee and Oklahoma have all agreed to prohibit state government agencies from using Sharia and other foreign laws in their decision-making processes. As previously reported, legislators in Kansas overwhelmingly passed the bill last May, with a unanimous vote in the House and only three dissenters in the Senate.

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  • Mr. D

    Just another example of the reprobate mind at work in our officials. They call evil good and good evil. They can’t see truth for all the education.

  • elizabeth cohen

    Sharia law does not belong in this country! It does not belong because it promotes violence against women and children. If a woman so much as looks at another man, she can be stoned to death. What will happen then, we can’t arrest the husband because according to sharia law it is perfectly legal to do so. Also, it part of a religious theocracy and does not belong in the government at any level. If sharia law is allowed, how about putting the 10 commandments back, how about the sermon on the mount. We are now giving way to the muslim extremists to take over our government. Trust me when I tell you there are many Americans, including me that will fight tooth and nail to prohibit this country from adapting any extremist laws. The judge that ruled this way should be removed from the bench. I hope the people of the Great State of Oklahoma will continue to fight this.

  • Thom Dunbar III

    Another case of a judge not smart enough to warrant him holding his job. When are we going to start firing these morons who don’t know what the difference between good and evil is? Sharia law is evil.

  • Cliff

    The first step to resolving this is to get rid of Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange’s appointment and replace her with someone who upholds the majority’s wishes! That’s how a democracy is supposed to work, the majority rules! Oklahoma voters need to remind their elected political representatives, senators, and President of this at the polls!

  • I can’t believe this…what an interesting decision the court took.

  • Bizyliven

    “Tolerance” is the Politically Correct banner waved by politicians and judiciary leaders in their desperate effort to cover their ignorance while having the appearances of being magnanimous.

    “Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.” – quote by Alex Hamilton