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‘Singled out’

Gazette staff September 20th, 2011

Remember that state question banning Shariah law that Oklahoma voters overwhelmingly passed during the last election? Some called it fear mongering; the measure’s co-sponsor called it a preemptive strike.

Yeah, well, it’s still out there in purgatory, and federal judges hearing the case pondered the constitutional amendment’s legal standing, since it applies to just one religion.

The so-called Save Our State ballot question, which drew national media attention, was passed in November, and has been in a courtroom ever since, after an Oklahoma City Muslim man filed suit against the state.

A federal judge prevented the Oklahoma Election Board from certifying the election returns, since it would likely be found unconstitutional.

Now the case is in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, and it’s not clear how long it will take to decide the case, The Oke reported.

While hearing arguments from Oklahoma Solicitor General Patrick Wyrick, Judge Scott Matheson reportedly stated, “There’s no mention of any other specific law. … We just have Shariah law singled out.” To which Wyrick responded, “The intent here was to exclude Shariah and international law.”

Micheal Salem, an American Civil Liberties Union attorney, said such a ban would “condemn every person of Islamic belief in the state of Oklahoma. They will no longer be welcome,” the story stated.

“No longer be welcome?” We here at Chicken-Fried News world headquarters aren’t sure, but if 70 percent of voters passed a constitutional amendment to “Save Our State” from one’s particular religion, that’s probably enough to already make one feel sort of like the mistress who showed up to her sweetheart’s funeral.

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09.21.2011 at 09:52 Reply

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