Oklahoma City resident plans to challenge measure on international, Sharia law, agency says

An Oklahoma City resident is planning to file a lawsuit against SQ 755, which prohibits courts from considering international law or Sharia law when making court decisions, an agency has said.
STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS Modified: November 4, 2010 at 4:12 pm •  Published: November 4, 2010
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An Oklahoma City resident is planning to file a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a measure voters approved that prohibits Oklahoma courts from considering international law or Sharia law when making decisions, a civil rights agency announced Wednesday.

Religious and civil rights leaders planned to announce the details of the potential lawsuit during a news conference at 2 p.m. today at the state Capitol.

The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, also known as CAIR-OK, is hosting the event.

About 70 percent of voters Tuesday were in favor of State Question 755, the measure that is being disputed.

In a statement released Wednesday, Sen. Anthony Sykes, R-Moore, an author of the measure, commended voters for their "awesome support" of that measure and State Question 751, which requires that all official state actions be conducted in English.

"Certainly each of these measures had critics, but the crushing margins by which these constitutional amendments passed shows without a doubt that those critics are deeply out of touch with the values and views of Oklahomans, just as Washington, D.C., is out of touch with America," Sykes' statement said.

Opponents of the measure have called it unnecessary and offensive.

CAIR-OK Executive Director Muneer Awad said politicians used fear-mongering and misinformation to scare Oklahomans into voting for the measure.

"There's no threat," Awad said. "It's a legal impossibility."



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