Barbara Hoberock at Tulsa World writes about the anticipated lawsuit challenge to Oklahoma's new ban on Sharia law:
"A lawsuit is expected to be filed Thursday challenging the legality of a state question that bans the use of Shariah law in state court cases. Voters on Tuesday approved State Question 755 with slightly more than 70 percent support. It was among 11 state questions on the general election ballot.
SQ 755 forbids state courts from considering international law or Shariah law when deciding cases. Shariah law is Islamic law. It is based on the Quran and the teachings of Mohammed.
Muneer Awad, executive director of the Oklahoma Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said a member of the Muslim community in Oklahoma City is expected to file suit on Thursday in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. Awad said SQ 755 violates the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, adding that it targets a particular religion.
'Disfavoring Islam, or any religion, is a violation of the First Amendment,' Awad said. 'Second, it renders all international treaties invalid in our courts.'
He called the state question ridiculous because Shariah law is not used in Oklahoma courts. Awad said his organization and other groups will hold a press conference Thursday in the Capitol to discuss the lawsuit. He said the person filing the suit did not want to be identified Wednesday.
Rep. Rex Duncan, R-Sand Springs, sponsored the legislation putting SQ 755 on the ballot. He could not be reached for comment Wednesday."
The Tea Party types who support this sort of thing, hate to spend tax money on much, but they do love to generate attorneys fees over these insulting irrational appeals to the baser instincts of the electorate. After Oklahoma busts the budget spending to defend the indefensible they'll cut some service or another for the poor, imprisoned, handicapped, or elderly. Brilliant.