Los Angeles – Oklahoman voters approved a ban on using shari`ah law in Muslims disputes, making their state the first in the US to have such legislation, but Muslims are dismayed that the fear-driven move has exploited a non-issue in their homeland.
"I would describe this as a pre-emptive strike," state Representative Rex Duncan, who sponsored the measure, said, reported the German Press Agency (DPA) on Wednesday, November 3.
As part of the state legislature elections held on Tuesday along with the Congress midterm elections, Oklahomas voted on a string of ballot initiatives, including the amendment of State Question 755 on shari`ah.
The constitutional amendment, titled "Save Our State", prohibits state courts from considering shari`ah rulings when deciding on cases concerning Muslims.
Some 70 percent of the voters voted for the ban in a referendum proposed by Republican Rep. Duncan.
“We don't want to let it get a toe-hold."
The Islamic rulings, however, do not apply on non-Muslims, even if in a dispute with non-Muslims.
The shari`ah ban is the first of its kind throughout the
"It's not an imminent threat in
"I see this in the future somewhere in
But Muslims lament that the ban has no rational explanation other than being a fear-mongering measure since shari`ah was never applied anywhere in
"What's shari`ah law has to do with
"It’s just fear-mongering; it's nothing."
Ahead of the vote, the Oklahoma radio broadcasted paid adverts, by an advocacy group called Act for America, which warned that shari`ah law lets men get away with beating and raping their wives.
Not only in
Nevada Republican Sharron Angle has stirred a heated debate when she said that in Dearborn, Michigan, and Frankford, Texas – two cities with sizable Muslim population – shari`ah, and not the US Constitutional law, is taking effect.
Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker and republican presidential hopeful, has called for a federal law banning the use of shari`ah.
Saad Mohammed, of
"There's no threat of shari`ah law coming to
"It's just a scare tactic."