A legal battle has been brewing in Oklahoma over Islamic Sharia law.
Earlier this week, a federal judge temporarily blocked an Oklahoma measure that bars courts from considering Sharia law in their decisions.
U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange issued the ruling in response to a lawsuit filed by the Council On American-Islamic Relations. CAIR says the voter-approved State Question 755 discriminates against Muslims.
"They imply we're trying to change life in Oklahoma - that we're trying to impose our religions on Oklahomans," Muneer Awad, executive director of the Oklahoma chapter of CAIR, said Monday.
"The ruling is a reminder of the strength of our nation's legal system and the protections it grants to religious minorities," he added.
Last week, 70 percent of Oklahomans approved the amendment. But on Monday, Miles-Lagrange issued a temporary restraining order preventing the state election board from certifying that vote.
Critics have implied Oklahoma's ban of Sharia law is nothing more than a display of Islamaphobia. Are Oklahoma voters simply paranoid? Jordon Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice addressed that question and others on the CBN News Channel's Morning News, Nov. 12. Click play to watch the interview.
Supporters of the measure say they will fight the judge's decision.
"I just think this is the wrong courthouse. It's not right and disagree whole heartedly," Rep. Rex Duncan, R-Sand Springs, one of the authors of the amendment, said.
The order will remain in effect until November 22, when the court will consider issuing an injunction against the amendment.