EDMOND — State lawmakers say it’s a pre-emptive strike against Sharia law, needed to prevent here what has happened in the United Kingdom.
An Islamic leader says it’s another example of a rising tide of anti-Islamic bigotry in America.No it isn't. The idea that "the Jews" want to call the shots world-wide (a pernicious myth that gained force with the publication of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion) is and always has been completely bogus, whereas, and I quote, "jihad is the way; sharia is the goal."
State Question 755, which likely will be on the ballot in November, would make in-state courts rely on federal and state laws when deciding cases and forbid courts from using international law or Sharia law when making rulings.
The proposal, which has an Edmond connection, would amend Article 7, Section 1 of the Oklahoma Constitution, and stems from House Joint Resolution 1056, dubbed the “Save Our State” amendment, passed during the just-finished legislative session.
State Rep. Lewis Moore, R-Edmond, a co-author of HJR 1056, said he wanted to express his support very early for the legislation, which is needed because of the “onslaught” coming Oklahoma’s way.
“I don’t think we should accept or encourage Sharia law in any way, shape or form,” Moore said.
State Rep. Rex Duncan, R-Sand Springs, primary author of HJR 1056, said Oklahoma is the first state to pass such legislation and he hopes other states will follow.
Duncan, an attorney who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, said the amendment is needed because judges in other states and on the federal bench have increasingly cited international law in their decisions. He said he feels that action is inappropriate in a sovereign state.
Duncan said Sharia law is entrenched in the United Kingdom.
“It is a cancer upon the survivability of the UK,” Duncan said. “SQ 755 will constitute a pre-emptive strike against Sharia law coming to Oklahoma.”
State Sen. Anthony Sykes, R-Moore, a co-author of HJR 1056, said American courts are being more frequently challenged that international law should trump U.S. law.
“Sharia law coming to the U.S. is a scary concept,” Sykes said. “Hopefully the passage of this constitutional amendment will prevent it in Oklahoma.”
Council on American-Islamic Relations spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said he has been working on Muslim civil rights issues for several decades and anti-Islam rhetoric is approaching “Nazi-like” levels.
“This is just the flip side of the anti-Semitic coin,” Hooper said...
The Islamists think they get to hitch a free ride on hatred/conspiracy theories aimed at Jews (a bitter irony, since Muslims do so much to spread that hatred). They don't. They can't.
Update: Blame this one on Mark Steyn (see the final entry in his Ports of Call):
Oh, the famer and the imam should be friends.
Oh, the farmer and the imam should be friends.
One man plants a field of straw;
The other wants sharia law,
But that's no reason why they can't be friends.
Oklahoma folks should stick together,
Oklahoma folks don't scream and shout.
Farmers eat some nice samosas
But they should keep sharia out.
(Ibrahim Hooper sings)
I'd like to say a word fer the imam.
Came to the West but needn't be so Western.
Sharia is the best, so stop yer kvetchin'.
You 'Slamophobes' are bein' awf'ly testy.
The imam is a good and loyal citizen,
No matter if you're hearin' otherwise.
You seldom see him talkin' 'bout the jihad.
And if they say he does, they're spreadin' lies.
Oklahoma folks should quit their whining,
Open up and let sharia in.
Imams want some "peace" and "freedom".
C'mon, "revert," why live in sin?..