Oklahoma Sharia Ban in Court

by Connie Hair

A federal court judge is slated to hear arguments today on an injunction blocking Oklahoma’s new constitutional amendment prohibiting the use of foreign systems of law in reaching legal decisions.

On November 2, Oklahoma voters passed a ballot initiative banning the use of Sharia and international law in Oklahoma courts by a whopping 70%. The new law explicitly reaffirms the supremacy of the federal and the Oklahoma state constitutions. 

Just days after the vote, Muneer Awad, a member of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), filed suit to block the law’s implementation, claiming that it violated his constitutional rights. 

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