Our country is topsy-turvy, upside-down, inside-out…no doubt about that! After you read about how a judge ruled recently in the state of Oklahoma, see if it doesn’t leave you fuming! – You have to wonder if states have any rights left anymore at all. ‘We the People‘ matter not when we vote in our individual states…we’ve seen that happen time and again for decades now. And this judge ruled against a constitutional amendment that over seventy percent of the citizens voted for years ago…and has been law within that state since then. – But no, ‘SHARIA LAW‘ trumps all…and don’t you low-life citizens dare forget that…her gavel ruled, and that’s that!
Here’s a great write-up about all that taken place, lot’s of great links inside for other information. – Via WSJ:
An Oklahoma federal judge struck down a state constitutional amendment that forbade its courts from considering Islamic law in judicial decisions.
The constitutional amendment — approved by more than 70% of Oklahoma voters in 2010 — was part of a broader national push led by a handful of organizations that claim Islamic Sharia law is creeping into courtrooms. WSJ wrote about the anti-Sharia movement last year.
Because the proposed amendment discriminated among religions, Oklahoma needed to show a compelling state interest to justify it, U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange in Oklahoma City wrote in her decision.
The decision, made on Thursday, largely mirrors an earlier ruling by the Tenth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholding a temporary injunction against the amendment in 2010.
“Having carefully reviewed the parties’ submissions, and for the same reasons set forth by the Tenth Circuit, the Court finds that defendants have failed to assert a compelling state interest and have, therefore, failed to satisfy strict scrutiny,” stated Judge Miles-LaGrange.
Oklahoma argued that the amendment didn’t infringe upon anyone’s religious practices. ”It neither favors nor discriminates against any religion,” the state claimed.
The American Civil Liberties Union challenged the amendment on behalf of Muneer Awad, executive director of the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
In a footnote, the judged noted that state attorneys “admitted at the preliminary injunction hearing that they did not know of any instance where an Oklahoma court had applied Sharia law or used the legal precepts of other nations or cultures.”
Arizona, Kansas, Louisiana, South Dakota and Tennessee have enacted statutes to keep international laws out of the courtroom, according to Pew Research. Last month, North Carolina lawmakers approved a similar bill as well.
Those bills refer to only “international law,” though lawmakers raised concerns about Sharia in debates surrounding the measures.
Critics of foreign law bans say they’re “anti-Muslim in intent” and are vulnerable to First Amendment challenges.
Supporters of the laws often point to a 2009 case in New Jersey involving a Muslim couple who had moved to the U.S. from Morocco. A trial court didn’t consent to the wife’s request for a restraining order despite finding that her husband had assaulted her because the man believed it was his religious right to have nonconsensual sex with his wife.
After the district court granted an injunction in Oklahoma, UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh weighed in, saying he was “no fan of the amendment.” But he questioned whether it was unconstitutional given that judges already may not impose religious law or take sides on religious questions.
“Even without the constitutional amendment… secular courts may not resolve questions that require interpretation of religious doctrine,” Mr. Volokh wrote.
Now, speaking of Islam, the Muslim Brotherhood and everything else related to this subject…this is what else has/is happening, not only in our nation but elsewhere too. – If you missed this debate the other night, I hope you take a listen and read about it as well…it speaks volumes about what we, as a nation are fighting against!
And we all know about what’s been taking place in Egypt as well. – Here’s some of the latest news:
So, tell me friends…what’s going to happen to all the other like-minded states that have same type of laws on their books in the near future…hmm? – SCOTUS next? And how do you think they would rule when all is said and done?
Color me beet red about all of this…I can’t say that I even recognize the land of the free anymore, not by a long shot! What the hell has happened to the United States of America? Will situations like this keep happening? Will Sharia win in the end? Does the majority of this country even care? – Express yourselves…I’m too fired up about all of this, you throw in your two-cents and help me out!
Fire Away – Inquiring Minds Want to Know!