Ballot Measure Prompts Muslim Outcry

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Updated: 10/21/2010 6:47 pm Published: 10/21/2010 3:07 pm

Cries of bigotry as an Oklahoma ballot measure strikes a nerve.  In less than two weeks, Oklahomans will vote on State Question 755, which aims to keep Islamic law out of Oklahoma courtrooms.  Fox 23’s Douglas Clark has the story. 

The group pushing for this referendum cites a New Jersey ruling, where a judge condoned a case of sexual abuse because he said the suspect was acting according to his Muslim faith.  Now one Oklahoma lawmaker wants to make sure that doesn’t happen here.

It’s called Shariah law.  It’s recognized in most Islamic countries as the basis of religious law.  It’s been used to condone harsh punishments like beating and stonings in Iran and Somalia.  Republican State Representative Rex Duncan wants to make sure Oklahoma judges never use it to decide court cases.

“This is the picture of what is American,” says Duncan.

He says the referendum is designed to counter the stance of the Oklahoma Council on Islamic Relations”, or CAIR.

“CAIR's mission statement: They’re not here to be one of many religions they are here to be the dominant religion,” he says.

“It’s not about Shariah law at all.  It’s really about anti-Muslim bigotry,” says Razi Hashimi, spokesperson for CAIR.

Muslim Americans say the measure sends a message of hatred and intolerance and non-Muslims should not be concerned about Shariah law.

“As long as it doesn’t affect you in any way, why should you be concerned how I solve a problem between me and my brother, or neighbor who is Muslim.  I do not think it should be a matter of concern for a non-Muslim,” says Tulsan Mohamed Boudhhir.

CAIR argues the initiative is unnecessary, since the Constitution does not allow religious law to supercede American law.

State Question 755 is on the ballot November 2nd.  If it passes, Oklahoma’s constitution would not only prohibit Islamic law in court but all international law.

Opponents of the ballot measure also argue that it could discourage foreign companies from doing business in Oklahoma if they think international agreements won’t be honored in court.

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randall1960 - 10/25/2010 2:17 PM
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slimjim - 10/22/2010 8:30 PM
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Well said watchdog1, I couldn't agree more. What has happened in this country that we would even remotely consider anything of this nature? We bend over backward and cow down to every demand which is contrary to what this nation was founded upon. English as a 1st language should never be a issue, and any other should not even be an issue. We have allowed prayer to be taken out of our schools, and yet Muslims are allowed to pray in Times Square. The very thought of a Mosque being built at ground zero makes my blood boil. It is a slap in the face to all Americans. As I child I always feared an invasion of the USA by the Russians. Today this country has slowly been invaded by those who hate and seek to destroy us, and without even a shot being fired. To even consider Sharia Law in this country is absurd. When are we going to start having the guts to stand up for the principles and God given rights this country was founded on, and quit BOWING down to every other nation and religion? There is a very very important election coming in November. I urge you to take a stand and help turn this country around before all is lost. We need leaders with backbones to stand up, instead of bowing down.

papdadi - 10/22/2010 5:36 PM
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Muslims need to follow the laws of whatever land they live the U.S. we follow the Constitution not sharia law....sharia law goes against the tenants of the Bill of Rights(especially for women). Say no to sharia law in the U.S. and not only Oklahoma...

watchdog1 - 10/22/2010 3:26 PM
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It wouldn't uupset me one bit if we had zero muslims in Oklahoma, so if they don't want to live in a state that does not observe Sharia law, they should get out. Yes, they are right, I am ANTI-MUSLIM, I find it kind of hard to be pro-muslim when they go to court and say 911 was only the first drop of blood in the war against America, if they admit they are at war with America, they are at war with me, so screw them, I don't have to like them, support them, respect them, excuse them, or accept them, anyone who wants to hurt America can go to hell as far as I am concerned, if you are an American and you support them, you can go with them, cause you are NOT fit to call yourself an American, we do NOT smooze with those who seek to destroy us.

watchdog1 - 10/22/2010 8:39 AM
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I will be voting a resounding YES...YEP...UH HUH...YOU BET ON 755 and I urge all other Oklahomans to vote the same, Sharia law does not only affect wives and children allowing them to be tortured, stoned and murdered in the name of Islam, but it also affects gays(death by being pulled apart or piked) thieft(hands cut off), fornication, (buried up to your neck and stoned to death) adultry (buried up to the neck and stoned, shot or beheaded, their choice) drug or alcohol use (hung upside down and beheaded or shot). Anyone who is Islamic can take you to court or have you arrested for anything you do that is against Sharia law whether or not you are Islamic, because what you do or do not do affects them and is dis-respectful to them as devout muslims, if the court finds you guilty, they can demand punishment be carried out according to Sharia because it is their religious belief, their faith, their justice system, give them the right to use Sharia in court, and their prescribed punishment will be the next demand. Don't kid yourself, if this bill does not pass, we are all going to be forced to change the way we live our lives, and while I think Americans could stand to clean up their lives a bit, Sharia law is NOT the way to do it. I would kiss Rex Duncans a** if it would prevent Sharia law from being considerd in court cases in Oklahoma, I have seen Sharia law first hand, and believe me when I say, YOU DON'T WANT IT HERE, it is the most brutal, cruelest, most unfair, and evil, vile law ever practiced by ANY nation, it is akin to the Bibles depiction of hell. VOTE YES ON 755!

saok1359 - 10/22/2010 8:20 AM
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I agree. We, as Oklahomans, have to stop the muslims from being able to do this. It is just not right. And like some here said, leave if you don't like it. I can't picture the way they use their religion to practice their crap. The muslims are crying anti. Well there are 4 ways out of here. North, South, East or West. PICK ONE!!!!! I wish I could perform magic. It would simply be, POOF YOU'RE GONE!

kindagreywolf - 10/22/2010 12:08 AM
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We need to STOP THIS NONSENSE. This is the USA. If they are happier under Sharia law they can easily go to a country that has it,

MSLGWCEO - 10/21/2010 7:17 PM
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Don't get me started on Rex Duncan! In my opinion he is nothing more than a politician bent on inflating himself by using any means available. A HYPOCRITE par excellence. He fits the mold a Pharisee, if ever there was one.

ChristopherL - 10/21/2010 7:07 PM
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Muslims are on a worldwide Sharia movement, and non-Muslims have to wake up and fight back. It is time to end all Muslim immigration, and officially ban Sharia Law. Then arrest and deport (if possible), Muslims who calls for Sharia. They are to be looked upon as enemies of the state. If the Muslims here do not like it, they should move somewhere else. For more on the issue.
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