A federal judge temporarily blocked the implementation of state ballot measure 755, a controversial new law that officially bans state courts from considering Shariah law when rendering decisions. Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange ruled that the voter initiative that singles out Islamic law should not be certified into law until another hearing takes place on Nov. 22.
Calling the measure a violation of the establishment clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the Council on American-Islamic Relations filed a lawsuit last week to block implementation of the law, which passed with just over 70 percent of the vote on Tuesday.
Both supporters and foes of the law say it is largely symbolic as there is no documented case in which an Oklahoma court has ever applied Shariah law considerations to render judgments in the state. In that way, it shares some similarity with the so-called "ground zero mosque."
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