Sharia

Oklahoma Can't "Save" Itself from the U.S. Constitution

Oklahoma Can't "Save" Itself from the U.S. Constitution

By Chandra Bhatnagar, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU Human Rights Program & Daniel Mach at 11:53am
No state should deny its residents the essential right to exercise their religion. No state should target or disfavor any faith. No state should engage in actions that contravene the requirements of the U.S. Constitution, and no state should seek to limit the independence of the judiciary.
A Look at the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

A Look at the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

By Dena Sher, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:31pm

In 1998, Congress created the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom to draw attention to violations of religious freedom in other countries. The commissioners vote annually to list countries that are of particular concern or place…

Constitutional Law 101: Federal Court Rules That Discrimination Against Muslims Violates the First Amendment

Constitutional Law 101: Federal Court Rules That Discrimination Against Muslims Violates the First Amendment

By Heather L. Weaver, ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief at 2:20pm

If implemented, the amendment would have rendered Oklahoma’s Muslims second-class citizens before the state courts.

Oklahoma Seeks to "Save" Itself from the Requirements of the U.S. Constitution

By Chandra Bhatnagar, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU Human Rights Program at 5:17pm

On Monday, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals heard argument in Awad v. Ziriax, a legal challenge to Oklahoma's proposed "Save our State Amendment", which would prohibit Oklahoma state judges from considering international law, foreign…

9/11's Legacy of Religious Discrimination

9/11's Legacy of Religious Discrimination

By Heather L. Weaver, ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief at 4:23pm

It's no secret that, after 9/11, a wave of anti-Muslim bigotry washed over the country. The intensity of that prejudice has sustained it for a decade, and, in many ways, anti-Muslim sentiment and fear of Islam seem even stronger and more deeply…

Defending the Indefensible: Oklahoma Struggles to Salvage Its Unconstitutional Sharia Ban

By Daniel Mach at 2:06pm

Are all faiths equal under the law? Does the fundamental right to worship in this country depend on approval of the majority? These questions lie at the heart of a legal challenge by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Council on American-Islamic…

Gov. Christie Is Tired of Dealing with the Crazies

By Daniel Bullard-Bates, ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief at 5:35pm

"Ignorance is behind the criticism of Sohail Mohammed," said Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey during a press conference last week. "They're criticizing him because he's a Muslim American." Sohail Mohammed was appointed as…

ACLU Lens: The Truth Behind the Anti-Sharia Movement

ACLU Lens: The Truth Behind the Anti-Sharia Movement

By Alicia Gay, ACLU at 2:52pm

Over the past few years, anti-Sharia organizations and politicians have introduced versions of anti-Sharia legislation in 26 states -- with some bills expressly singling out Sharia law for condemnation, and others sweeping Islamic law under broader…

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