Oklahoma Muslim sues to block ballot measure

An Oklahoma Muslim has filed a federal lawsuit against a ballot measure to prohibit state courts from considering international law or Islamic law when deciding cases.
Oklahoman Modified: November 4, 2010 at 5:15 pm •  Published: November 4, 2010

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma Muslim has filed a federal lawsuit against a ballot measure to prohibit state courts from considering international law or Islamic law when deciding cases.

Muneer Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Oklahoma, said he filed a lawsuit Thursday that alleges State Question 755 is unconstitutional. The ballot question was approved in Tuesday's general election with 70 percent of the vote.

Awad says the measure is a political attack on the Muslim community. He says it passed following a well-funded campaign based on misinformation and fear.

The lawsuit seeks a temporary retraining order to block the results of the election from being certified by the state Election Board on Nov. 9. The measure is scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 1.



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