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Court: Oklahoma Ban on Islamic Law Unconstitutional

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For those who don’t know, the Constitution is the law of the land. Just making sure!

Court: Oklahoma ban on Islamic law unconstitutional

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An amendment that would ban Oklahoma courts from considering international or Islamic law discriminates against religions and a Muslim community leader has the right to challenge its constitutionality, a federal appeals court said Tuesday.

The court in Denver upheld U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange‘s order blocking implementation of the amendment shortly after it was approved by 70 percent of Oklahoma voters in November 2010.

Muneer Awad, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Oklahoma, sued to block the law from taking effect, arguing that the Save Our State Amendment violated his First Amendment rights.

The amendment read, in part: “The courts shall not look to the legal precepts of other nations or cultures. Specifically, the courts shall not consider international law or Sharia law.”

Backers argued that the amendment intended to ban all religious laws, that Islamic law was merely named as an example and that it wasn’t meant as a specific attack on Muslims. The court disagreed.

“That argument conflicts with the amendment’s plain language, which mentions Sharia law in two places,” the appeals court opinion said.

The court also noted that the backers of the amendment admitted they did not know of any instance when an Oklahoma court applied Sharia law or used the legal precepts of other countries.

Awad argued that the ban on Islamic law would likely affect every aspect of his life as well as the execution of his will after his death. The appeals court pointed out that Awad made a “strong showing” of potential harm.

“When the law that voters wish to enact is likely unconstitutional, their interests do not outweigh Mr. Awad’s in having his constitutional rights protected,” the court said.

Muslim Brothers Behind Tim Tebow Billboard

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Muslim brothers behind Tim Tebow billboard
DENVER – A giant electronic billboard that went up off 58th Avenue and Interstate 25 when the Broncos had an embarrassing record at the beginning of the season.

It begged Denver Broncos head coach John Fox to start Tim Tebow at quarterback instead of Kyle Orton.

Shortly after it went up, the Broncos reached 1-4 and then Tebow took over and led the team to the playoffs.

As the Broncos have evolved, so has the sign.

On Monday, the huge LED sign said, “Tebow’s trigger is right on target,” referring to John Elway’s request that Tebow throw the ball during Sunday night’s game.

Tebow threw for 316 yards and his 80-yard pass in overtime won the game for the Broncos over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The people behind the sign are not Christian or a conservative group plugging Tebow’s faith.

It’s three Muslim brothers who are just big fans of Tebow and the Broncos.

“It adds to the fun, at least for us,” Tariq Suleiman said.

“We wanted to be part of the excitement,” Mohammad Suleiman said.

After Sunday night’s thrilling overtime victory, the Suleiman brothers’ latest message asks doubters, “Now Do You Believe” in Tebow?

“For me personally, I never doubted him. I knew he could pull off a Steelers win,” Tariq said.

The Suleiman brothers have been creating new messages after each game, all from an office which has a window view of the sign.

Mohammad Suleiman is the youngest at 26, Ali, 28, is the middle brother, and Tariq, 30, comes up with most of the messages.

They all sell wholesale goods at their father’s store which is next to the billboard.

As most fans know, Tebow is a devout Christian who thanks the Lord during most interviews.

The Suleiman brothers are devout Muslims, also proud of their faith.

“We do like the fact that he practices what he preaches,” Mohammad Suleiman said.

“I am also a big believer in God as a Muslim, there are some differences but when Muslims and Christians get together, miracles can occur. We just had the Mile High miracle!” Tariq Suleiman said.

After Tebow threw for 316 yards last night, people quickly made the religious connection to John 3:16, which is Tebow’s favorite Bible verse.

Tebow also wore the verse on his eye black when he was quarterback in college at the University of Florida.

After the connection surfaced Monday morning, John 3:16 became the most searched Google term on Monday.

“I went to check the Quran, chapter 3, verse 16 to see what it said, and it talks about salvation and believing in God, very similar to what the Bible says,” Mohammad Suleiman said.

But the Suleimans say they didn’t start running the billboards for religious reasons, it was all about rallying for their favorite quarterback and team.

“It’s been great, obviously with the wins, and the way the fans have been coming in and reacting, they’ve been coming in and thanking us,” Mohammad Suleiman said.

“We love the Denver Broncos, we’ve always been fans, and this year has been just an amazing year,” Tariq Suleiman said.

9NEWS got a preview of the next sign the brothers will unveil. You can see it tonight on 9NEWS at 9 and 10 p.m.

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