November 2nd, 2010
10:56 PM ET
11 years ago

Oklahomans vote on Sharia law ban

(CNN) - Looks like Oklahomans will not, repeat not, be subject to Sharia law anytime in the near future. Local media in the state, tonight, is reporting that ballot initiative SQ755, which bars state courts from using Islamic or international law, is on the path to approval– Yes votes outweighing Nos by more than two-to-one, with about 40-percent of the precincts in.

The outcome was never in doubt, but the measure's necessity was, and is. Constitutional scholars point out that Sharia law is religious law, and the first words of the First Amendment say, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion."

Still, the fact that it got on the ballot in the first place says a lot about what's on voters' minds.

Filed under: 2010 • Oklahoma
soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. John

    Here's what's on voters minds. Sheer lunacy. Looks like the same ol' stupid people that got ol' George elected to two terms are rearing their ignorant heads.

    November 2, 2010 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  2. Ray

    I I wonder how that plays on the reservations...

    November 2, 2010 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  3. xhanay

    Says quite a lot to about Oklahomans...they talk much about the constitution but they actually don't read it. You can apply the same argument to atheist knowing more about the bible than most regular religious folks. Weird, isn't it?

    November 2, 2010 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    so oklahomans voted for millions in legal fees?

    November 2, 2010 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  5. quincy of nashville

    Why no ballot initiative on monsters under the bed?

    November 2, 2010 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  6. Frozone

    Way to go brain-dead hillbillies! You really showed 'em!

    November 2, 2010 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  7. JD

    So, irrational fear is what is on voter's minds. Wonderful.

    Why are you so scared Oklahoma? Your gullibility and cowardice is disheartening. If this is what lawmakers in your state focus on, I feel sorry for you all.

    November 2, 2010 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  8. Jesse

    Which "constitutional scholars"? You mean the ones that don't realize that Sharia Law is BOTH political and religious law combined? (Mixing Church and State is OK for Muslims, but not Christians?)

    November 2, 2010 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  9. StevefromSacto

    Another step toward America becoming a Christian theocracy. Tea Baggers only believe in the Constitution when it suits them.

    November 2, 2010 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  10. Rick

    Really? Geez.. Can we also put on the ballot 'Those in favor of banning martians from eating pancakes in the park, check here'

    November 2, 2010 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  11. Name

    Lol this is comical. Oklahomans are idiots.

    November 2, 2010 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  12. Aaron

    Are you kidding me! Are we as a country this ignorant!!!!!! I have seen attempts to manipulate and scare people into voting one way, but this is insane!!!! Oklahomans better vote to NOT to use bible law either, you know there is stoning and an eye for an eye in there among other interesting pieces of legislation in there!

    November 2, 2010 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  13. Aves

    Way to go Oklahoma! I feel much safer now. Maybe the lawmakers should spend more time reading the Constitution or focusing on more important matters like the failing education system, crumbling infrastructure, etc and less time saving us from "pretend time" threats and making us all look like backwards, fear-mongering idiot hicks to the national media. Makes me ashamed to be an Oklahoman.

    November 2, 2010 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  14. PapaKat

    Hoorah! Let's put it on every state's ballot next election. Utah, let's do this thing! Shariah is bastion for opression, intolerance and ignorance. To hell with it.

    November 2, 2010 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  15. GB, RN

    They really had to pass a law that was essentially repeating what was in the constitution? Was Oklahoma in grave peril of falling under Sharia law? Wow, I hope the Okie neighbors to the south are doing okay. I'd hate to think they live in constant fear of getting stoned to death for kissing their spouses in public.

    What's on voters' minds? I think if we read up on all the legislation that Oklahoma has brought forth, it can be assumed that not much is on their minds as it would appear that Oklahomans are fundamentally retarded.

    November 2, 2010 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  16. boogs

    you might be a redneck if.... you actually waste time placing this ridiculous measure on a ballot. B/C, the 1st Amendment guaruntees religion has no place in a United States courtroom. Either they are really stupid, or really racist. And this appears to be both. Way to go Oklahoma!

    November 2, 2010 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  17. SurRy

    Record unemployment, millions of children going to bed hungry every night, and skyrocketing foreclosure and bankruptcy rates, and THIS is what some people are focusing on. We already have a Constitutional amendment that prevents this. But as we have seen, the Constitution isn't a strong point for the knuckle-dragger crowd.

    November 2, 2010 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  18. Jonathan hanemann

    I can't believe the freedom hating traitors on this so-called 'discussion' board. When an honor killing happens in your city, let's see what you say. When some imam pokes you with a sharp stick for walking past his mosque with a short skirt on, who are you going to complain too?

    In NJ, a muslim man was brought to trial for raping hsi wife. He used Sharia law as a defense. The judge ACTUALLY BOUGHT IT. Luckily, it was overturned in by a higher court. Point; we need to ban Sharia law, because Muslims want to IMPOSE IT. This is an ideological war that we must win.

    What bunch of lefty morons you people are.

    November 2, 2010 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  19. Jeff

    I'm an oklahoman and when I saw this on the ballot this morning all I could do is smack myself in the face. It appears that our state appointed law makers had no clue of a little thing called the federal supremecy clause. Hopefully this lot has a little more knowledge, but by the looks of things I'd say not.

    November 2, 2010 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  20. John

    Hey Mr. Hanemann,

    You dropped your tinfoil hat on the ground. Best to put it back on before the pancake eating martians steal your thoughts.

    November 2, 2010 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  21. Jonathan hanemann

    Racist? Racist for banning a religious law that imposes GENDER APARTHEID, execution of homosexuals, and third-class citizenship on anyone who isn't a Muslim? Have ANY OF YOU ever spoken to a person who has lived under Sharia law? Have ANY of you listened to the words of mullahs worldwide who want to impose Sharia on the West?

    Oh, but don't worry, Christianity is just as bad. Yeah . . . that group of old ladies at a Lutheran bake sale . . . what a threat.

    Idiots. We're taking our country back!!

    November 2, 2010 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  22. Been There

    Many American-born Oklahomans have worked and lived in the Middle East, perhaps a higher proportion than most states since so many people here work in the oil industry. Living over there some Oklahomans have even been rounded up when on the streets to see sharia law executed, e.g., a public beheading. Oklahomans are not ill-informed. Read The Economist and you will learn how Sharia is a real threat to established law in the western world. Yes, we have a Constitution, but judges choose to understand it differently. This measure makes our understanding of the Constitution clear.

    November 2, 2010 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  23. Steve

    Good, what the law means is very simply, we will not tolerate these filthy Muslims forcing us to accept their pagan laws and if they don't like it then go back to the desert where you came from.

    November 2, 2010 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  24. Jonathan hanemann

    In other words . . . go sip your lattes somewhere else, you limp-wristed, elitist pinkos. The rest of us will protect liberty well enough.

    November 2, 2010 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  25. dnara

    Not so far-fetched. Look what's happening in Europe, where parts of Sharia are becoming the state law in some localities. Although Westerners may look at Sharia as strictly a religious law, in Islam there is no separation of church and state.

    November 2, 2010 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
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