Defending the Indefensible: Oklahoma Struggles to Salvage Its Unconstitutional Sharia Ban
Are all faiths equal under the law? Does the fundamental right to worship in this country depend on approval of the majority? These questions lie at the heart of a legal challenge by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Council on American-Islamic Relations to Oklahoma’s “Save Our State Amendment,” which bars state courts from applying — or even considering — Islamic “Sharia law” and “international law.”
Last November, the federal district court rejected this attempt to use the state constitution to condone bigotry and blocked the amendment from taking effect. Yesterday, a federal appellate court in Denver heard arguments in the state’s appeal of that decision, but the state should fare no better this time around.