Monday, November 08, 2010

But You Can't Display the Ten Commandments

This incredible federal court ruling is a sad indicator of the sorry state of affairs of our republic. The Ten Commandments have been physically removed from state court houses by federal authorities, but this attempt of the State of Oklahoma to insure separation of church and state against Islam is blocked by that same federal authority. What's going on here? It would seem that the federal authority is not against religion in general, but just Christianity.

Photo: "Birth of the Anti-Christ"

By TIM TALLEY, Associated Press Tim Talley, Associated Press –

OKLAHOMA CITY – A federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order blocking a state constitutional amendment that prohibits state courts from considering international or Islamic law when deciding cases.

U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange ruled Monday morning in Oklahoma City following a brief hearing. It prevents the state election board from certifying the results of Tuesday's general election in which the amendment was approved by 70 percent of the voters.

The order will remain in effect until a Nov. 22 hearing on a requested preliminary injunction.

It was issued in a lawsuit filed by the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Oklahoma. Muneer Awad said during the hearing that the law stigmatizes his religion.


Death Bredon said...

I believe the ratifiers of the Constitution would be most surprised to learn that the document provides protection for Sharia.

Canon Tallis said...

The Muslims don't want to be discriminated against in their following of their religious duties of murdering and raping unbelievers. Since all three of the major Islamic holy books pay more attention to the unbeliever than to any other subject. And what they want done to the unbeliever is not in the least nice or tolerant. Consequently it is without wonder that we Oklahomans don't want sharia forced upon us by anti-Christian and anti-Jewish judges.

Very good post, Father John.

Tony Christian said...

The act in question was far too broad, I'm afraid. Even without the provisions against sharia, it wouldn't have withstood constitutional challenge due to it's provisions against international law. In the case of international contracts between U.S. based businesses and foreign companies, some foreign law will, per contracts, have to be regarded.
The Okies just need to craft a more specific and carefully tailored act and then it should be ok. There is a bit of an over-reaction among some of us regarding this particular law and it's blockage by this judge.