Oklahoma Muslims to challenge ballot measure

An Oklahoma Islamic group says a legal challenge is planned against a ballot measure prohibiting state courts from considering international law or Islamic law when deciding cases.
Oklahoman Modified: November 4, 2010 at 10:57 am •  Published: November 4, 2010
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma Islamic group says a legal challenge is planned against a ballot measure prohibiting state courts from considering international law or Islamic law when deciding cases.

The ballot measure, State Question 755, was approved with 70 percent of the vote in Tuesday's general election. But Muneer Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Oklahoma, says Oklahoma Muslims believe it's unconstitutional.

Awad says the measure is deceptive and makes it appear that there is a threat of some kind of Islamic takeover of state courts that does not exist. He says it's merely a way to politically bash Muslims.

Awad says a lawsuit against the measure will be filed in federal court by a member of the state's Islamic community as early as Thursday.