The Duncan Banner

October 12, 2010

Letter to the Editor:

Reader says vote ‘Yes’ on SQ 755


The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — State question 755 specifically addresses prohibiting Oklahoma courts from looking at Sharia law when deciding court cases. Sharia law, codified by Islamic scholars more than 1,000 years ago, is based upon precepts contained in the Quran and the Hadith (the sayings and traditions of Mohammed).

Sharia law is incompatible with American constitutional law and Oklahoma law. Under Sharia law:

Women are second class citizens, having fewer rights than men. For instance, in a court of law a woman’s testimony is worth only half a man’s testimony. A woman accused of rape must produce up to four male witnesses who will confirm that she was raped. A husband can demand sex from his wife and she must comply.

“Apostates,” those who leave Islam, commit a crime and can receive punishment that includes the death penalty.

Those caught in adultery can be stoned to death. This punishment is usually meted out against women, including women who claim they have been raped but cannot produce male witnesses to corroborate their claims.

Muslims are required to pay the “zakat.” The zakat is a compulsory charitable gift that cannot be given to non-Muslims. One of the accepted recipients of zakat is “those fighting for Allah …volunteers for jihad.” (Source: The Reliance of the Traveller: A Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law, p. 272.) In other words, under sharia law Muslims can give money to those fighting in jihad against “infidels.” This is one of the reasons why more than two dozen Islamic charitable organizations have been designated by the federal government as funders of terrorist organizations.

Mosque and state are one. There is no legal distinction between religion and government. There is no “separation of church and state.”

Criticism of Islam and the prophet Mohammed is a criminal offense. Freedom of speech is severely restricted under Sharia law.

There are those who contend Oklahoma’s prohibition of Sharia law is unnecessary, but consider these facts.

Sharia law was applied to a case in New Jersey in 2009. A Muslim woman sought a restraining order against her husband, who was repeatedly beating and raping her. The judge denied the restraining order, ruling that no crime was committed because the husband was acting according to his belief in Islamic law.

In 2002 a divorce case in Richardson, Texas was remanded to the Texas Islamic Court.

Many Muslim leaders in America are on record publicly calling for Islamic law to replace constitutional law. For instance, Omar Ahmad, co-founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said this in 1998: “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant.

The Quran should be the highest authority in America.” (San Ramon Valley Herald, July 4, 1998).

For these reasons and more, we urge Oklahoma voters to vote “YES” on SQ 755.



Suzanne Russell

Duncan