Voters say no to sharia in … Oklahoma?
If you happen to get caught shop lifting in the U.S. state of Oklahoma, rest assured — you won’t lose a limb as punishment.
Voters in the conservative state bordering Texas approved a measure on Tuesday that will forbid judges of the state’s courts from considering or using sharia (Islamic law) when deciding cases. And they did so by a whopping margin of 70 to 30 percent.
For the record, sharia is currently not the law of the land in Oklahoma, but local media reports say the measure’s backers wanted it in place to pre-empt any such moves.
State Question no. 755 included the following wording:
“ This measure amends the State Constitution. It changes a section that deals with the courts of this state. It would amend Article 7, Section 1. It makes courts rely on federal and state law when deciding cases. It forbids courts from considering or using international law. It forbids courts from considering or using Sharia Law.”
There is a lot of suspicion of Islam in the American heartland but is it fair to ask: is such a measure really necessary? What do you think?
(With additional reporting by Ben Fenwick in Oklahoma City)
(Photo: A member of the Islamic group Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia takes a picture using a cell phone during a protest in Jakarta September 23, 2010. The protesters were demanding that sharia law be imposed in Indonesia. Oklahoma voters on Tuesday said they wanted no part of that.REUTERS/Beawiharta)