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Counterpoint: Precedents justify SQ 755



Beginning in 613 AD, Muhammad proclaimed "Islam" as a religion for nearly 10 years with virtually no success. His "new revelation" was soundly rejected by the Christians, Jews and polytheists in Mecca. After brokering peace with several warring Arab tribes in Medina, Muhammad's message changed as history verifies and the contrast between the "Meccan Verses" and the "Medina Verses" demonstrate.

Islam became a sociopolitical system demanding submission to Allah through the use of the sword. Arabia was conquered in the name of Allah, then the Holy Land, North Africa, Turkey, Spain, Constantinople and parts of Asia and Europe. It was not evangelism " it was global conquest. There was no tolerance, only the submission to Allah through terrorism and the implementation of Shariah " the law of Islam.

Shariah law is a constitution in and of itself. It is the rule of law for the Islamic Ummah (community). It is not compatible with the U.S. Constitution; it is a competitor to it, and there is nothing similar between the two.

Compare the liberty enjoyed in America with any of the more than 50 Islamic nations in the world today. There is no comparison, because there is no freedom in those nations. Under Shariah, women do not have equal rights; non-Muslims have no rights; Muslims wishing to convert to Christianity can be killed as apostates; adulterers can be stoned; homosexuals are killed (remember Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad saying "We don't have homosexuals like in your country" to Columbia University students?); and no one dares question the Quran or criticize Muhammad (remember the Danish cartoons?).

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, which was listed by federal prosecutors as a co-conspirator in funneling money to Hamas, claims to be a civil rights group building bridges between Americans and Islam. However, a July 4, 1998, San Ramon Valley Herald article paraphrased Omar Ahmad, co-founder and former chairman of CAIR, as saying: "The chairman (of CAIR) urged Muslims not to separate or assimilate to American society, but instead to deliver Islam's message. (Muslims) who stay in America should be 'open to society without melting (into it).' "¦  Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran "¦ should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth."

We have already seen this "creeping shariah" strategy of the Muslim Brotherhood gain control in Europe, and now they are attempting to reach into America. In 2009, a Muslim woman in New Jersey requested a restraining order against a spouse accused of repeatedly raping and beating her. The restraining order was denied, with a judge ruling no crime occurred since the spouse acted in accordance to his Islamic law beliefs. In 2003, a Texas appeals court remanded a divorce case to the Texas Islamic Court.

State Question 755 requires that Oklahoma use only federal law or state law in deciding all legal issues. To claim that this amendment is unnecessary ignores what has already taken place in some states.

To claim an amendment that requires the courts to use the Constitution as being "unconstitutional" is absurd. The only thing more absurd is to issue a temporary restraining order blocking the certification of state election results. There are no reports of voter fraud or impropriety, therefore no grounds or cause to not certify the election results in Oklahoma.

Blair, a former football player with Oklahoma State University and the Chicago Bears, is pastor of Fairview Baptist Church in Edmond.

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