Muneer Awad, an Oklahoma Muslim and executive director of the state’s Council on Islamic-American Relations (CAIR) filed suit last week against Oklahoma’s recently approved ballot measure that bans Sharia law in the state. Mr. Awad says it is all about his “constitutional rights,” and a ban on international law and Sharia Law is “an enduring condemnation of Islam.”
More than 70 percent of Oklahomans passed State Question 755 which, through a State constitution amendment bans judges from making decisions based on international or Sharia law. After Awad’s lawsuit, a judge put a temporary restraining order on the law, and in a hearing on November 22nd extended the injunction, which expires November 29th.
Awad claims Islam is singled out for unfavorable treatment:
…noting that no other religion was mentioned in the ballot measure. He alleges it violates the First Amendment banning laws respecting religion.
U.S. states are not governed by their religion, so there is no ‘other’ religions to ban.
This man understands well that American’s have the right to worship as they please. They do not have the right to decide the type of law they will be judged under other than the American and State Court systems. U.S. states are not governed by their religion, and for a very good reason – Islam being the best example.
For those Muslim apologists, this from NewsRealBlog:
…while there may be differences between the implementation of Sharia law, it’s important to note that the more brutal versions are certainly acceptable in terms of the Sharia system. Whether homosexuals are executed, flogged, or imprisoned, for instance, does not mean that the respective interpretations these punishments arise from do not share a gross underlying injustice. Even the supposedly civilized Sharia experts at the U.K.’s Sharia Council admit that the Sharia punishments for rape and adultery are flogging and stoning. Conveniently, they don’t mention whether this is supposed to be extended to the man or the woman in the case of a rape, but they do say that because the punishment is so severe, the burden of proof for proving rape is correspondingly high.
We are a Democratic Republic. People are free in the U.S. Real Americans do not behead their daughters and wives for dating American men or refusing Muslim garb and get protection from Sharia Law. Real American women enjoy walking the streets in western dress, unaccompanied by a Muslim male. In America, women have the same rights as all American men. There is nothing equal under Sharia Law.
Banning Sharia Law in court in no way threatens Awad’s religious rights. He can worship as he pleases as long as he does not physically harm another person. Unfortunately, he is free to harm them mentally.
Awad says his will cannot be probated unless it is done in a Sharia court. If that’s the case, this man needs to leave Oklahoma and find himself some Shariah law – hopefully outside the bounds of the United States.
“We have certain unalienable rights, and those rights cannot be taken away from me by a political campaign.” About 20,000 and 30,000 Muslims live in Oklahoma, Awad estimated.
Awad’s real problem is that Oklahoman’s understand the absurdity of this argument. Sharia law is a religion and a government and they are one and the same. This is not about worshipping. Awad’s attorney, Micheal Salem, says the law is an “evil that must be stamped out.” Funny that – many of us feel the same about Islam.