Oklahoma Votes Yes to English, No to Sharia
...and the results of other unusual ballot measures
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2010 2:05 AM CDT
Michael Hardesty uses a magnifying glass as he votes in Oklahoma City.   (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

(Newser) – Oklahoma's voters passed a pair of ballot initiatives last night—and progressives and immigrant-rights groups are alarmed, AP reports. One of them requires that all official state actions be conducted in English, with exceptions for Native American languages and in cases when federal law requires otherwise. The other—described as a "pre-emptive action" by lawmakers—prohibits state courts from considering Sharia law when deciding cases ... something that's never been used in the state.

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Nov 4, 2010 1:13 AM CDT
press one for English...press two to hang up until you learn English.....
Nov 3, 2010 7:38 AM CDT
Yesterday in Tennessee, I voted on Prop 1, which was to amend the state constitution to include something like, "All Tennessee citizens shall have the right to hunt and fish on state lands." I thought that was kind of strange, but as I understand it, it was largely just a safety measure.
Nov 3, 2010 4:45 AM CDT
So Oklahoma will not kow-tow to a cult that belongs in the middle ages? And this is a problem why exactly? Immigrant rights groups? Isnt that illegal aliens rights groups? I am an immigrant (legal of course) and I dont recall ever being bent out of shape that things were in English. I kind of knew this was an English speaking nation before I came here. By the way, all illegals should be deported immediately.