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State Rep Wants Blasphemy Law Repeal
If you didn't already know, it may surprise you to find out that in Oklahoma, you could get in trouble for stating your opinion... or making fun of someone else's.
According to current Oklahoma law, it's a crime to insult someone's religion. In fact, blasphemy is a misdemeanor.
"To be charged for that, I honestly think it's a little crazy," says one Oklahoman. "I think that law would affect the freedom of speech," says another.
State Representative Randy Grau (R- Edmond) agrees. He says it's unconstitutional and uniforceable. It's been in the books since 1910, but Representative Grau plans to repeal it. "For free speech and to protect our individual liberties," says Representative Grau.
"I believe this is America and we are allowed to protest whatever we choose," one Oklahoman told Fox 25's Kisha Henry.
Representative Grau says he decided to repeal the law after seeing the violent protests that sparked after an anti-Islamic video was posted on Youtube. "I was surprised to see some people within the United States actually say, well maybe we don't have such a freedom of speech as we think and maybe it is time we start to limit or roll back freedom of speech for the purposes of protection."
He says he's been surprised by the amount of support behind his repeal. "I've received support from Evangelical Christians, of which I am one, from Catholics, from Tea Partiers, from members of the ACLU," says Rep. Grau.
"I'm a God-fearing man myself, but everyone's entitled to their own opinion," says one Oklahoman.
But, regardless of whether the law comes off the books or not, a little boy leaves us with some words of advice, "I think it's bad to insult people's religions because if you insult people's religion, it will make them feel bad... so, just don't do that."
Posted: Monday, October 1 2012, 06:44 AM CDT
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Oklahoma governor establishes disaster relief fund
May 21, 2013 20:57 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has established a disaster relief fund to help with the long-term medical, emotional and educational needs of victims of tornados that have ravaged central Oklahoma in recent days.
Fallin said Tuesday she established the OK Disaster Relief Fund in conjunction with the United Way of Central Oklahoma. The fund is designed to help victims of a tornado that struck Moore on Monday, killing at least 24 people, and another that struck Shawnee on Sunday and left two people dead.
Fallin says Oklahomans are grateful for the global outpouring of support following the devastating tornadoes. She says the support will help meet many of the short-term needs of victims. But the governor says victims also face long-term challenges that the new disaster relief fund will help meet.
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