Federal Judge Won’t Let Oklahoma Add Anti-Sharia Language To Constitution


A federal judge in Oklahoma struck down a proposed amendment to the state’s constitution Thursday that would ban state courts from considering Sharia and international law, the Huffington Post reported.

The constitutional amendment passed the state legislature in 2010, but Chief District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange issued a restraining order preventing it from taking effect. Miles-LaGrange ruled Thursday that its references to Sharia violated the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

“This law unfairly singled out one faith and one faith only,” Ryan Kiesel, executive director of the ACLU of Oklahoma, told the Huffington Post. “This amendment was nothing more than a solution in search of a problem. We’re thrilled that it has been struck down.”


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