Hate mail was sent to mosques across the state before and after voters passed a measure prohibiting Oklahoma courts from considering Sharia law when making decisions.
Muneer Awad, executive director of the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said Monday that one of the mailed items included a DVD with hate speech and pictures of guns. Awad said the DVD was given to the FBI for further review.
"We have seen a steady increase of hate in our places of worship," Awad said.
Sharia law is based on the teachings of the Quran and the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad and is used in some Muslim countries.
Awad said much of the mail is vulgar and espouses violence. He considers it a backlash against the Muslim community that began before the Nov. 2 election. Awad said he believes the campaign for the amendment contributed to the anti-Muslim sentiment.
"They implied that we're trying to change life in Oklahoma," he said.
Rep. Rex Duncan, R-Sand Springs, one of the authors of the amendment, said Monday he has not seen the hate mail mentioned by Awad. He said he does not condone or encourage hate mail.
Saad Mohammad, a spokesman for the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, said that in recent weeks he has noticed an increase in hate mail sent to the society's e-mail inbox.
He sent several samples of the e-mails to members of the news media on Monday. One was filled with curse words and ethnic slurs. Another expressed the writer's negative sentiments about Muslims.
Awad said he wanted to get together with Duncan and Sen. Anthony Sykes, R-Moore, another author of the amendment.
"I really hope that we all can agree to disagree and act in a civil manner," he said.