|Vicki Miles LaGrange|
In 2010, 70% of Oklahomans voted yes on a state constitutional amendment to prevent judges from using sharia law in any of their decisions and rulings. The residents of the state did not want to see Oklahoma courts using sharia law over state or federal law as what has has happened in the UK.
One of the key principles of a republic is that the people rule and decide law. In a democracy, the government assumes the role of the people and decides law for themselves.
Vicki Miles-LaGrange, herself a native Oklahoman, & the first African-American woman ever elected to the Oklahoma State Senate, graduate of theUniversity of Ghana (West Africa) as well as Vassar College,and Chief District Judge of the Western District of Oklahoma has ruled after reviewing numerous statements by the legislators who authored the amendment, it is abundantly clear that the primary purpose of the amendment was to specifically target and outlaw Sharia law and to act as a preëmptive strike against Sharia law to protect Oklahoma from a perceived ‘threat’ of Sharia law being utilized in Oklahoma courts.”
“While the public has an interest in the will of the voters being carried out, the Court finds that the public has a more profound and long-term interest in upholding an individual. She also said the voters…“…public debate, public discussions, articles, radio ads and robocalls regarding SQ 755 all primarily, and overwhelmingly,focused on the Sharia law provisions of the amendment.” and thus according to her, made the vote discriminatory.