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URGENT PRESS CONFERENCE to be held at OK State Capitol to announce lawsuit against unconstitutional new state law

I just got through the email grapevine…

(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 11/3/2010) — On Thursday, November 4, the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) will hold a news conference with religious and civil rights leaders in the State Capitol Building to announce the filing of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of an anti-Islam ballot measure (State Question 755) passed in yesterday’s election. The measure amends the state constitution to forbid judges from considering Islamic law or international law when making a ruling.

WHAT: CAIR-OK News Conference to Announce Legal Challenge to Anti-Islam Ballot Measure

WHEN: Thursday November 4, 2010, 2 p.m.

WHERE: State Capitol Building, 2nd Floor in the Press Room

CONTACT: CAIR-Oklahoma Executive Director Muneer Awad, 405-248-5853, E-Mail: mawad@cair.com

Law Professor: Ban on Sharia Law ‘a Mess’ (CNN)

America’s Sharia Hysteria (Daily Beast)

What Is Shariah and Why Does It Matter? (Huffington Post)

Speakers at the news conference will include:

* Muneer Awad — Executive Director, CAIR-OK

* Chuck Thornton — Deputy Director, ACLU-Oklahoma

* Imad Enchassi — Imam, Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City (ISGOC)

* Nathaniel Batchelder — Director, Central Oklahoma Human Rights
Association (COHRA)

Photos from today’s Health Care Reform Rally at the Oklahoma State Capitol

Oklahoma Health Care Reform Rally

For the most part I was very proud to be there. My only qualm was that there was a sizable number in the crowd who thinks Obama can do no wrong (the “Change Oklahoma” folks mostly). I have a hard time stomaching that belief. He has already broken so many promises (the biggie being not closing down Gitmo within year one of his presidency) that is hard to take him seriously at all anymore. Unless something changes, he’ll throw the public option under the bus too.

But otherwise the rally was a beautiful thing. So proud to see so many march in the rain for justice.

Also I want to give a special shoutout to State Rep. Anastasia Pittman (my Democratic party opponent when I ran in ’06) and State Senator Connie Johnson. I so appreciated their speeches, but especially Connie’s because she said straight up that part of the problem with health care in this country is the WARS and that the wars are draining us dry, not just in the fighting of the wars but also in the rampant corporate profiteering. She is right. If we would end the wars, we could easily afford quality universal health care.

Also I was proud of the folks from my church (Joy Mennonite) who made the walk. About 1/3 of those present for the potluck lunch joined in the march, which was quite encouraging.