Aziz Huq, in an op-ed piece in today’s New York Times, argues that bans on sharia law such as the one enacted by the state of Oklahoma not only make for bad democracy, it makes for bad security:

“In this context, bans like the one in Oklahoma will serve to chill cooperation by the Muslim-American community with counterterrorism efforts. This makes sense: in such an environment, it would be fair for Muslims to pause before, say, passing on a lead to the police, worrying about whether the police would then look at them with suspicion as well.”