One of 11 ballot initiatives in [Oklahoma] this November, State Question 755, better known as the "Save Our State" constitutional amendment, would prevent courts from using international or Sharia law. The question made it to the ballot by passing the state Senate 41-2 and the House 82-10. In addition to potentially rallying the conservative base to the polls, the initiative, which bans something that is nearly impossible statutorily, is worth watching because the GOP may employ it in swing states two years down the line.Oh, I just love excluded middles.
At the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. in September, Newt Gingrich positioned himself perhaps to the right of Sarah Palin in a potential bid for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination by saying, "I am opposed to any efforts to impose Sharia in the United States, and we should have a federal law that says under no circumstances in any jurisdiction in the United States will Sharia [law] be used in any court to apply to any judgment made about American law."
Those opposed to the ballot initiative believe it is a preemptive strike against a non-threat. They call the law xenophobic. They even cite the fact that even the amendment's sponsors and strongest supporters cannot statutorily cite a case in which Oklahoma courts have applied Sharia law in any ruling. Yet supporters of the amendment, borrowing George W. Bush's "with us or against us" formulation, speciously claim that those who don't support the amendment are actually for Sharia law. [emphasis added]
Next up, a law forbidding gnomes from holding public office. Those who object will be easily identified as being in the pocket of the gnome lobby. Because what other possible explanation could there be?
I can't wait to see all the new laws that will spring up to solve problems that don't exist. Why stop at Sharia? Why not outlaw the only-slightly-less-implausible use of elvish divination in deciding court cases? You're not in favor of those fey weirdos settling American law, are you? Are you?