Defeating an anti Sharia law amendment was the highlight of the past year for an Islamic advocacy group in Oklahoma.

As the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) held its annual banquet Saturday, guests celebrated a year of advocacy that was highlighted by the defeat of State Question 755, a amendment to the state constitution approved by voters four years ago.

"It was a pure political ploy and it was unsuccessful," said Michael Salem, an attorney who worked with CAIR on a lawsuit against SQ755. Salem was honored with the Faith in Freedom award at Saturday's banquet for his work on the lawsuit.

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