OKLAHOMA CITY, April 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Monday, April 11, the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) will hold a news conference with elected officials in the State Capitol Building to express opposition to an anti-religion and anti-business bill (House Bill 1552) to be voted on by the Senate Rules Committee next week.
WHAT: Press Conference Challenging Anti-Religion, Anti-Business HB 1552
WHEN: Monday, April 11, 12:15 p.m.
WHERE: State Capitol Building, 4th Floor Media Room
CONTACT: CAIR-Oklahoma Executive Director Muneer Awad, 405-248-5853, E-Mail: [email protected]
House Bill 1552 would ban the use of foreign laws in Oklahoma courts. The bill's sponsor, State Rep. Sally Kern, introduced the legislation after a federal judge last year barred the certification of a ballot measure preventing Oklahoma judges from considering Islamic principles (Sharia) in their decisions.
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"Sally Kern did not write this law, and that is why she and members of our House of Representatives were unaware of its motivation and its repercussions," said CAIR-OK Executive Director Muneer Awad. "We have since learned that this law was written by the head of an anti-Islam hate group that has been denounced by the Anti-Defamation League for having 'a record of anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant and anti-black bigotry.'"
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Awad say HB 1552 violates the Bill of Rights and will threaten all international business contracts and companies in Oklahoma.
"When international and national companies are told they cannot choose the terms of their own contract, they will choose a different state in which to do business," said Awad.
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CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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CONTACT: CAIR-OK Executive Director Muneer Awad, 405-248-5853, E-Mail: [email protected]; CAIR-OK Operations Coordinator Nazia Khan, 405-415-6851, E-Mail: [email protected]; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, or 202-488-8787, E-Mail: [email protected]; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171, E-Mail: [email protected]