In a stunning proof-of-concept preview of the next chapter after ‘gay marriage’ for getting conservatives to turn out at the polls despite the lack of a relevant issue that directly affects their own lives and without a closely fought campaign for office atop the ticket, Oklahoma voters have approved a measure to prohibit their state judges from considering Sharia law (or other foreign law) in their rulings from the bench.
Oklahoma voters have approved a measure that would forbid judges from considering international law or Islamic law when deciding cases.
Republican Rex Duncan, the sponsor of the measure, called it a “pre-emptive strike” designed to close the door on activist judges “legislating from the bench or using international law or Sharia law.”
Members of the Muslim community called the question an attack on Islam and some of them said they are prepared to file a lawsuit challenging the measure.
The huge, threatening Muslim community in Oklahoma: 15,000 people out of a state population of 3.7 million.
Expect to see lots more of these measures in 2012, when fundie voters may need a reason other than two dudes getting married to motivate them to go to the polls.