Thank goodness for Oklahoma.
Every time Texas begins to feel like some remote backwater — say, during a presidential campaign — Oklahoma is right there to make Texans feel downright civilized.
In the latest example of Oklahomans Gone Wild, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Sooner State can’t ban courts from considering Islamic law.
An Oklahoma City lawyer, Muneer Awad, argued successfully that an “anti-Shariah” constitutional amendment discriminates against Muslim residents. He said it prevents courts from even probating a will if it mentions Islam.
State lawyers argued that the amendment was never meant to single out Islam or deprive Muslims of religious freedom.
That must be why the ballot proposal — spelled Oklahoma-style — forbids “using Sharia Law” and even added, “Sharia Law is Islamic Law … the Koran and the teachings of Mohammed.” (More)