Earlier this week in a federal court of appeals, lawyers representing the state of Oklahoma argued in favor of the reinstatement of a state law that would expressly ban Islamic Sharia Law from being recognized in court, Reuters reported.
The “Save Our State” amendment was supported by 70 percent of voters last year. Critics said that the law created polarization and alienation of Muslims, while supporters said that the law prevented foreign laws from overriding U.S. law.
Opening arguments for the case were heard Monday and a decision in the case is not expected for about three months.
The law’s sponsor, Oklahoma State Rep. Rex Duncan (R) is no longer in office, not having sought reelection in 2010. He first took office in 2004.
The law mentions only Sharia by name. When asked why Sharia had been singled out, Oklahoma Solicitor General Patrick Wyrick said it was “to avoid confusion.”
ACLU attorney Michael Salem said that if the law were upheld, “it would only take 50 percent plus one to ban the next religion.”
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