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Hearing on Sharia law ban set for today

A hearing on the Sharia law ban is set for Monday in U.S. District Court.
BY CARLA HINTON Modified: November 8, 2010 at 5:33 am •  Published: November 8, 2010

U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange has scheduled a hearing for 10 a.m. today on a lawsuit about the state question banning the use of Sharia law in Oklahoma courts.

Muneer Awad, executive director of the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the constitutionality of the voter-approved measure.

About 70 percent of voters approved State Question 755 on Tuesday. The measure prohibits Oklahoma courts from considering international law or Sharia law when making decisions.

Awad is asking the judge for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction barring the Oklahoma State Election Board from certifying the amendment. He said the measure is unconstitutional and "demonizes" Islam and Muslims.

The state question was authored by Rep. Rex Duncan, R-Sand Springs, and Sen. Anthony Sykes, R-Moore. Sykes said Thursday he was saddened that Awad filed a lawsuit intended to thwart the will of Oklahoma voters.


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