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UPDATE: Anti-Sharia State Question Lawsuit Filed (Nov 04, 2010)

As expected, an Oklahoma Muslim filed a lawsuit in federal court Thursday morning to stop a newly passed state question from going into effect.

The executive director of the Oklahoma Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is asking a federal judge to stop the state election board from certifying the passage of State Question 755.

Muneer Awad says the proposed amendment to the state Constitution violates the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of religious freedom, and causes fear.

“Islamaphobia happens to be politically popular,” Awad said. “So what this has done is this has raised the sense of tension and fear in Oklahomans, and it has also raised the tension and fear in Muslims.”

State Question 755 was approved in Tuesday’s election with 70 percent of the vote. It would prohibit Oklahoma courts from considering international law or Islamic law when deciding cases.

The state Election Board is scheduled to certify election results next Tuesday. And the amendment would go into effect January first.

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