See what happens when you make something out of nothing? Nothing turns into something — that is, people minding their business until you mess with them. On Tuesday, for instance, voters in Oklahoma passed State Question 755, aka the "Shariah law amendment," which changed the state constitution so that Oklahoma courts are now forbidden from "considering or using" both international law and Shariah law when making their decisions. On Wednesday, however, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) announced that it plans to file a lawsuit against Oklahoma for passing the amendment, which it considers unconstitutional. In a press release, CAIR said it would hold a news conference on Thursday to bring attention to its legal action. CAIR argues that the law could negatively affect Muslims living in Oklahoma in a variety of ways, from potentially changing how food is labeled to requiring them to remove head scarves for driver's license photos. In addition, CAIR said that the measure has nothing to do with punishments such as stonings, which are often associated with Islamic law. Oklahoma's law was championed by Newt Gingrich, who lives in Georgia. Shaking our heads over here at The Root.
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