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Oklahoma governor urged to sign revised Sharia law measure

BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Published: April 13, 2013

“Anyone who considers the Council on Islamic Relations what it professes to be — just a civil rights organization speaking for the Muslims of the United States and not as a Muslim Brotherhood front engaged in influence operations and, frankly, subversion in our country — is grossly mistaken, and is, I'm afraid, unwittingly perhaps, but nonetheless aiding and abetting those engaged in what the Muslim Brotherhood itself calls civilization jihad against the United States,” Gaffney said.

Contacted later, Adam Soltani, executive director of the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said his organization has no ties with the Muslim Brotherhood.

“We have absolutely no connection whatsoever to the Muslim Brotherhood,” he said. “It's fear-mongering and Islamophobia at its best.”

About the measure

Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City, the author of HB 1060, said the measure would prohibit the application of foreign laws when it would violate either the Oklahoma Constitution or U.S. Constitution. Senate amendments were added, stating that Oklahoma residents may not subject themselves to foreign laws, but corporations, partnerships or limited liability companies, business associations and other legal entities are exempt and may choose to subject themselves to foreign law.

Kern said the bill was filed after a similar ballot measure — State Question 755 — was appealed in federal court following its approval by 71 percent of voters in November 2010. Kern said the courts ruled against SQ 755 because it singled out Sharia law.

She said HB 1060 is similar to language used in legislation in Tennessee, Kansas, Arizona and Louisiana.

HB 1060 passed by huge margins. It passed 40-3 in the Senate and 85-7 in the House of Representatives. Kern said she would seek a veto override if Fallin vetoed the measure.