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(Reuters) - A federal judge in Oklahoma on Monday issued a preliminary injunction to block a new state constitutional amendment that prohibits state courts from recognizing Islamic law.
U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange said the constitutional amendment, dubbed ""Save Our State Amendment," and approved by 70 percent of voters on Nov 2, could discriminate against Muslims. She said there was "no evidence" to show that the amendment "is justified by any compelling interest..."
Originally posted by thegoodearth
Well, the judge let the temporary restraining order stand.
Islamic Law is now allowed in OK courts.
I am in shock right now.
The amendment would forbid state judges from considering Islamic or international law in their decisions. Known as State Question 755, the measure passed with 70 percent of the vote during the Republican landslide on Nov. 2, and has generated bitter debate.
Muslims claim the state is discriminating against their religion, while supporters — many of them Christian conservatives — say the amendment is needed to thwart what they maintain is an effort by radical Muslims to impose Shariah law in the United States.
Muneer Awad, the executive director of the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, had sued to block the amendment, arguing that the state was condemning his religious beliefs. “We are definitely satisfied,” Mr. Awad said. “She is recognizing the majority vote cannot be used to take away my constitutional rights."