On November 2, 70 percent of the citizens of Oklahoma voted for a ballot measure prohibiting judges from making rulings based on international law, including Sharia, only to be have their will blocked by a judge who issued a temporary restraining order. In Tennessee, citizens are suing their elected officials for overlooking signs of extremism with the Murfreesboro mosque they have approved. These two cases show that American citizens are stepping up to the plate to stop the spread of radical Islam.
Rep. Rex Duncan, the primary author of the Oklahoma ballot measure, called it a "pre-emptive strike" against the institution of Sharia law in his state. "Specifically, the courts shall not consider international law or Sharia Law," the measure reads. Its passing is causing some in the Muslim-American community to react with anger.
The executive-director of the Oklahoma branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Muneer Awad, is suing the state. CAIR's website argues that "the First Amendment directs all government bodies to 'make no law respecting the establishment of religion.'" U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange temporarily blocked the measure on November 8 following the suit.