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10:29 am
Wed December 1, 2010

Duncan Reacts to Ruling

Oklahoma City, OK – Author of Okla.'s ban on Islamic law slams judge

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) An Oklahoma lawmaker who wrote the state's proposed ban on Islamic law and other international tenets is lashing out at the judge who blocked the plan in federal court.

Former state Rep. Rex Duncan says the judge is exactly the kind of "liberal activist" his legislation intends to stop. The judge issued a temporary injunction Monday, blocking the law from taking effect. More than 70 percent of voters supported adding the ban in the state constitution.

A Muslim man living in Oklahoma has sued, arguing it is an unconstitutional message of government hostility against his religion.

Also Tuesday, the Oklahoma State Election Board voted to ask the state attorney general to appeal the court's granting of the injunction. A spokesman for the attorney general says such an appeal is "likely."