Muneer Awad

Law
4:55 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Court Strikes Down Oklahoma Shariah Ban

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

A federal appeals court has struck down Oklahoma's ban on Sharia law. The ruling said the state amendment, which was passed in 2010, discriminated against Muslims.

NPR's Barbara Bradley Hagerty reports.

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Religion
7:47 pm
Wed November 10, 2010

Oklahoma's Anti-Shariah Law Put On Hold, For Now

Election board inspector Pat Cook places an "I Voted" sticker on a voter during early voting in Oklahoma City late last month.
Sue Ogrocki AP

A federal judge on Monday temporarily stopped Oklahoma's new anti-Shariah law from taking effect.

Oklahoma's law -- a ballot initiative approved by 70 percent of Oklahomans in the Nov. 2 elections -- would change the state constitution to prohibit courts from considering international or Muslim law when deciding cases.

Muneer Awad, head of the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, wasn't surprised at the Nov. 2 vote -- but he was sad and worried.

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