MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Opinion

August 22, 2013

Sharia law amendment a waste

Having the public vote on whether to ban state courts from considering international or Islamic law when deciding cases was a waste of taxpayer money.

Oklahomans approved State Question 755 with 70 percent of the vote in November 2010.

That’s a pretty strong statement for something that could not have occurred anyway.

It just was not going to happen.

Placing the amendment on the ballot was an attempt to play to voters’ fears.

It was a posturing move.

It also had no chance of passing the muster of a court challenge.

Most recently, a federal judge prohibited state officials from certifying the results of the 2010 election.

U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange permanently enjoined the State Election Board and its secretary, Paul Ziriax, from certifying results of the vote.

This follows a legal challenge that began practically the morning after the vote.

Miles-LaGrange approved a temporary restraining order barring certification of the election’s results almost three years ago.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver upheld that decision.

The state spent money holding an election that was sure to wind up in court.

Now, after several court battles, it appears what was evident at the start remains true.

The amendment had no business being on the ballot in the first place.

The matter was a waste of time and taxpayer money from start to finish — all for political posturing.

What a waste.

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