The original Oklahoma anti-Sharia law that passed with 70% of the vote in November 2010 was poorly written, and Hamas-linked CAIR and other Islamic supremacists immediately argued before a Leftist judge that the law would infringe upon Muslims’ religious rights. They still make headway using that argument with judges and lawmakers who are ignorant of the nature of Sharia.
In reality, no one cares about individual Muslim religious practice or wants to restrict it. The purpose of anti-Sharia laws is not to stop Muslims from getting married in Islamic religious ceremonies or to restrict their religious practice in other aways, but to stop the political and supremacist aspects of Islam that infringe upon the rights and freedoms of non-Muslims, denying the freedom of speech, the freedom of conscience, and the equality of rights of all people before the law. This is the case that must be made, but it still hasn’t been.
The measure banning Sharia law in Oklahoma courts passed by Oklahoma voters in 2010 was shot down by a senate committee Thursday.
That move prompted responses by the bill’s author and the group who filed a lawsuit against it.
State Question 755 banned the consideration of Islamic Sharia law, derived from the Quran, when deciding Oklahoma court cases.
It passed with 70 percent of the vote in November 2010, so then came House Bill 1552, by State Rep. Sally Kern.
That bill passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives on a bipartisan 76-3 vote on its third reading in March 2011.
During a hearing this week, members of the Senate Rules Committee voted 6-9 against the measure.
A lawsuit against the measure was filed soon after by the Council on American-Islamic Relations in federal court because many Muslims felt it was a way to politically bash the group….
“This measure has broad support in Oklahoma and killing it is a slap in the face to voters who believe foreign law should have no bearing on legal decisions that impact Oklahomans in Oklahoma,” Kern said.
In response, [Hamas-linked] CAIR-OK released this statement to KTUL.com:
“It is a shame that we have lawmakers like Sally Kern who take pride in aligning themselves with bigotry for the sake of scoring political points,” said CAIR-OK Executive Director Muneer Awad. “Kern introduced this law to generate publicity, while ignoring the law’s harmful effects on all Oklahomans.”
Hamas-linked CAIR always sounds such notes, but in reality there is nothing bigoted about trying to defend the principles of freedom and equality of rights for all.