Lawmaker Calls For Overhaul Of Ethnic Advisory Council


Monday, October 29th 2007, 4:24 pm
By: News On 6


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A state lawmaker has called on Governor Brad Henry to overhaul or disband his Ethnic Advisory Council after 24 of the state's 149 lawmakers turned down Centennial copies of the Quran, the Islamic holy book, from the council.

Representative Mike Reynolds said Monday the group consists of "Muslim activists" and has failed to represent the true diversity of Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma City Republican says tying the proposed gift to Oklahoma's Centennial celebration was inappropriate since the country and state were founded on Judeo-Christian values. He says Islam hasn't played a role in the state or country's history.

A spokesman for Henry, Paul Sund, says Henry has no plans to disband the council.

State Representative Rex Duncan of Sand Springs and Allison Moore with the Islamic Society of Tulsa appeared on Six In The Morning to discuss the Quran gift issue. Click here to watch the video.

Related Story:

10/26/2007 Interfaith Community Responds To Lawmakers