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The Cost of Bigotry | Blue Oklahoma
What does an act of bigotry cost these days in Oklahoma? Well, at least $303,333, which is how much Oklahoma taxpayers will have to fork over to pay legal fees to attorneys that successfully argued that the state's 2010 edict forbidding the use of Sharia and international law in courts is unconstitutional. In 2010, Oklahoma voters overwhelming approved a measure placed on the ballot by legislators that "makes courts rely on federal and state law when deciding cases," which was, of course, already the law in the first place. But it also specifically banned the use of international law and Sharia or Islamic law. The measure passed by an approximate 70 to 30 percent margin. The problem with the measure was two-fold. State and federal law is already the law of the land so the measure obviously was gratuitous and targeting Sharia law was an obvious act of discrimination, violating the rights of Muslims here in Oklahoma.