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Gazette staff August 21st, 2013

Lock your doors and batten down the hatches, Oklahoma. A ruling by a federal judge might just make the state more susceptible to terrorism.

Credit: Brad Gregg

Um, at least that’s the takeaway of state Sen. Anthony Sykes, R-Moore, a key supporter of an Oklahoma constitutional amendment to ban the use of Sharia law in state courts.

On Aug. 15, a federal judge issued a permanent injunction against the amendment, which voters overwhelmingly approved in a 2010 statewide vote — presumably because 70 percent of voters had a hunch that Islamic law was on the verge of a breakout year in the Sooner State.

Sykes was mighty upset about the injunction.

“This ruling makes America more vulnerable to terrorist attacks by solidifying Sharia law as a defense to use in court,” he said.

Not everyone agrees.

American Civil Liberties Union officials praised the ruling by U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange.

“This law unfairly singled out one faith and one faith only,” said Ryan Kiesel, executive director of the ACLU of Oklahoma. “This amendment was nothing more than a solution in search of a problem.”

But fear not, stalwart foes of Sharia law. Gov. Mary Fallin this year signed legislation to prohibit the application of foreign laws when it would violate either the state or U.S. constitution. That law’s author, state Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City, had touted the language as being broad enough to withstand a constitutional challenge.


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