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
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