Lawsuit filed in US against Islamic law ban

November 5, 2010 09:00

OKLAHOMA CITY — A Muslim filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday to block a state constitutional amendment and was overwhelmingly approved by voters that would prohibit state courts from considering international law or Islamic law when deciding cases.

The measure, which got 70 percent of the vote in Tuesday's Midterm election, was one of several on Oklahoma's ballot that critics said pandered to conservatives.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday in US District Court in Oklahoma City, seeks a temporary retraining order and injunction to block the election results from being certified by the state Election Board on Nov. 9. Among other things, the lawsuit alleges the ballot measure transforms Oklahoma's Constitution into "an enduring condemnation" of Islam by singling it out for special restrictions by barring Islamic law, also known as Sharia law.

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