On November 2, 2010, Oklahoma voters approved 70%-30% a state constitutional amendment that “makes courts rely on federal and state law when deciding cases” and “forbids courts from considering or using Sharia Law.” (Full text of the ballot description here.)
I can barely even wrap my mind around how ridiculous this is.
Think about it for a second. You’re making a state law that says judges have to follow state law.
What conceivable problem are we solving here?
Picture this: a judge comes into work one day, says “Hey, instead of interpreting U.S. law, I think we’ll give the Islamic religious code a whirl.” Nothing at all prevents this – nothing like, say, the entire existing United States legal framework – except, wait! Oklahoma voters to the rescue! Thank God, crisis averted!
Can’t imagine it? Funny, me neither.
This nonsense is back in the news now because a federal appeals court recently ruled the measure unconstitutional. I’ll let the staggering irony of that sink in for a second.
The whole thing is part of a larger wave of anti-Islamic sentiment in the United States. Similar laws have been proposed in twenty other states. Representative Peter King has begun a series of pointless hearings investigating the extent of radicalization in the Muslim community. And Herman Cain – who, for reasons that remain unclear, was briefly the Republican frontrunner for President of the United States of America – warned of the “creeping attempt” to work Sharia law into the government.
The sheer volume of ignorance and stupidity here is depressing. Maybe we can…yeah, let’s see, I think I can find…
Yay, puppies! Ah, I feel better now.
All right, readers, what do you think about all this? Alternatively: can you tell us something that will cheer us up and/or restore our faith in humanity?