OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Sally Kern said Monday that there is a strong possibility that she will try to revive legislation opposed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Kern’s House Bill 1552 had failed to get a hearing in the Senate Rules Committee. The measure would ban the use of foreign or international law in Oklahoma courts.
It was filed after a federal judge halted implementation of State Question 755, which would have banned state courts from considering Shariah law – Islamic law based on the teachings of the Quran and the Prophet Muhammad.
The state question passed in November with more than 70 percent of the vote.
Muneer Awad, executive director of the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, successfully challenged SQ 755, saying it singled out his religion for unfavorable treatment.
At a Capitol news conference Monday, Awad and other critics of HB 1552 said it is unconstitutional because it violates a person’s right to practice religion, among other things.
“No company will invest in our state, nor conduct operations in Oklahoma, if it knows the state will not respect its international business contracts,” Awad said. (More)