The Duncan Banner

November 9, 2010

LTE: Claim says SQ 755 unconstitutionable?


The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — To the editor,

There was a very interesting article in the Friday, Nov. 6, edition of The Duncan Banner. It stated that there is a group of Muslims planning to sue over the ballot initiative SQ 755. They claim that it is unconstitutional.

I’m sorry, but I just can’t see how it’s unconstitutional to pass a law saying that we want to be governed only by the Constitution. Am I the only one that sees a glaring contradiction there? And I have to ask, why are the Muslims so concerned about it? Do they plan on asking judges to uphold Sharia law over our Constitution? If not, then they should have no reason (because they certainly have no grounds) for challenging the law. And if they do plan to ask our judges to rule based on Sharia law, well, then I have a problem with that as I’m sure many other Oklahomans would.

When our government was created the Founders didn’t include Sharia or any other country’s laws and for a very good reason.

They didn’t include them in our Constitution, Bill of Rights, etc. because they didn’t want them there.

They wanted America to go in a different direction. Everything that is contained in the Oklahoma Constitution simply reaffirms the ideas and rule of law lined out by the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Again, I ask, why are the Muslims so worried about this new law?

Why not other people or religious groups? In challenging this law I am highly suspicious of the challenger’s motives. I don’t think they are worried about the Constitution as much as they are their own agenda. I hope that whenever they file their challenge the judge recognizes this as a frivolous lawsuit attempting to overrule the Constitution as well as the will of the people and throws it out.



Respectfully,

Jamie Battiest

Duncan