Oklahoma Anti-Sharia Law Unconstitutional and ‘Stupid,’ Says Court

Posted on January 10, 2012


The Christian Right’s continued assault on non-Christian cultures, namely Islam, suffered a setback today as the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down its anti-Sharia law. The court not only said it was unconstitutional – but kinda stupid since there was no possibility everybody in Oklahoma would be forced to submit to Allah.

A good write-up on the matter is on ThinkProgress, with links to some background on the fear-mongering recently generated by Christian Right radicals.

What is sad about this whole thing is that it embodies how ridiculous racism has become in America nowadays. Once upon a time, racism had to do with the color of skin, but that’s not okay in today’s society – so racists have evolved into lawyers and “activists” who attack culture through the law instead of lynching. While that is preferable to physical violence, it demonstrates how the Christian Right element in society still propagates “socially acceptable” hate…which is, in a way,  more dangerous because it isn’t so obvious: subversive racism allows racists to be racist without even being aware of it – or be aware of it but hide it behind a politically correct version of Jim Crow legal bullshit.

The hate on Islamic culture is similar to the hate on Latinos in America today. Many anti-Muslims use needless court battles the crazy say that they are not against Islam – they just don’t want it in the court system. This is akin to anti-Latinos saying they aren’t racist against Latinos – they just don’t want them to be in the country illegally.

Both of these subversively racist positions ignore reality and history in order to prefer a skin color and religion in a socially acceptable way.

The anti-Islam position ignores the fact that it would be impossible for the U.S. to adopt sharia law. It just wouldn’t happen and there has not been any evidence that it could, as the 10th Circuit Court said:

Appellants do not identify any actual problem the challenged amendment seeks to solve. Indeed, they admitted at the preliminary injunction hearing that they did not know of even a single instance where an Oklahoma court had applied Sharia law or used the legal precepts of other nations or cultures, let alone that such applications or uses had resulted in concrete problems in Oklahoma. See Awad, 754 F. Supp. 2d at 1308; Aplt. App. Vol. 1 at 67-68.

The anti-Latino position ignores the historic reality that, yes, Mexicans were here first, despite what some stupid girls in Arizona believe. It also ignores the fact that U.S. policy has kept Latin America back, whether it was treating Latin countries as plantations, starting needless wars, or enforcing a drug policy that destroys agriculture and creates violence just so U.S. teens won’t do a line of coke.

The racism in the U.S. did not die after the Civil Rights movement. Rather, it became smarter and more expensive. But that expense is not shared by rednecks with pick-up trucks. Instead, it’s become a multi-million dollar industry of right-wing law firms and “nonprofits” that make money off of Islamaphobia and Latino hate.

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