Oklahoma Will Now Be Taken Over by Muslims, Hopefully

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Somewhere near the heart of America, a plot to infiltrate the soul of this great nation is underway, and has moved a step further. Yes, folks, a judge -- those formidable black-robed enemies of the state -- has struck down an amendment to Oklahoma's constitution that would bar the use of Islamic Religious Law in state courts. May Baby Jesus, or Moses, or the Kwanzaa Bunny, anything other than that "Allah" feller have mercy on our souls.

No, really, via CNN, this was actually an argument somewhere in America:

Oklahoma voters approved the amendment in last week's elections by a 7-3 ratio. But the Council on American-Islamic Relations challenged the measure as a violation of the First Amendment to the U.S. constitution, and U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange issued a temporary restraining order Monday morning that will keep state election officials from certifying that vote. "What this amendment is going to do is officially disfavor and condemn the Muslim community as being a threat to Oklahoma," said Muneer Awad, executive director of CAIR's Oklahoma chapter. In addition, he said, it would invalidate private documents, such as wills, that are written in compliance with Muslim law, he said.

Yes, it's obvious to anyone with a brain or a soul that Oklahoma's Muslim community more than just "doesn't deserve to be ostracized and separated from the rest of the people in that state." They deserve to live in a country in which doing so would negate the equality and religious freedom this country they are citizens of was founded on. One which was founded on by the same people so-called "patriots" think would give a shit about 2010's amateurish, bush-league "Tea Party."

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But Oklahoma actually approved this measure on a ballot. Why the hell would anyone want to be there? People don't change. The Hicks of Oklahoma -- clearly an overwhelming majority -- will never be anything but. This wasn't a legislative power play, but a statement made by voters: We are a racist state, full of frightened, easily scared, and dense idiots, overwhelmingly so.

Then again, why get mad when you can get even? Hopefully, the only thing keeping Muslims there are moments like this, the sweet payback of knowing that ignoramuses are free to be ignoramuses in America, but they are not free to impose that ignorance on the lives of others so long as this nation intends on being something resembling its ambitions.

[fkamer@villagevoice.com]

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