Video: CAIR-OK Rep Discusses Anti-Islam Amendment

(WASHINGTON, DC, 11/8/2010) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today announced that a federal judge in Oklahoma has temporarily blocked an anti-Islam state ballot measure (SQ 755) that would have amended that state's constitution to forbid judges from considering Islamic principles (Shariah) or international law when making a ruling. SEE: Order Blocks Okla. Constitutional Amendment US District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange of the United States District Court -- Western District of Oklahoma today granted a temporary restraining order blocking certification of the recently-passed ballot measure by the Oklahoma State Board of Elections. Judge Miles-LaGrange also scheduled a hearing on November 22 for arguments as to whether she should grant a preliminary injunction that would extend the restraining order until a final determination is made in the case. Last Thursday, Muneer Awad, executive director of CAIR's Oklahoma chapter (CAIR-OK), filed a lawsuit as an individual challenging the constitutionality of the ballot measure. Awad's lawsuit, based on his own Shariah-compliant will, said SQ 755 violates the First Amendment's Establishment Clause that bars government bodies from making laws "respecting the establishment of religion." SEE: Full Text of Awad's Lawsuit "Today's ruling is a reminder of the strength of our nation's legal system and the protections it grants to religious minorities," said Awad. "We are humbled by this ... Government Grants for Women Video Rating: 4 / 5 - Do you want to change your future? Every year the United States government offers billions of dollars in grant money to minorities. Government Grants for Women Video Rating: 0 / 5