CAIR-St. Louis notes that dozens of similar discriminatory and unconstitutional bills have been introduced in state legislatures nationwide. The controversial bill is modeled after laws in other states established to combat a non-existent and manufactured claim that “Sharia,” or Islamic principles, are being imposed in America.
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In 2011, the American Bar Association (ABA) passed a resolution opposing legislation like SB 267, noting that it is “duplicative of safeguards that are already enshrined in federal and state law,” and saying, “Initiatives that target an entire religion or stigmatize an entire religious community, such as those explicitly aimed at ‘Sharia law,’ are inconsistent with some of the core principles and ideals of American jurisprudence.”
In 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit upheld a lower court’s decision to block implementation of an Oklahoma state constitutional amendment that would have prohibited courts from applying — or even considering — “Sharia law” and “international law.”
The lower court blocked implementation of the “Save Our State Amendment” based on arguments that it would unconstitutionally disfavor an entire faith and deny Oklahoma’s Muslims access to the judicial system on the same terms as every other citizen.