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ANTI-SHARI'A AMENDMENT DIES IN IOWA LEGISLATURE

ANTI-SHARI'A AMENDMENT 
DIES IN IOWA LEGISLATURE
 

(CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, 5/10/12) –- The Iowa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-IA) said today that a proposal to include anti-Islam language in that state’s constitution has died in the legislature.

CAIR-IA said Iowa's legislature ended its 2012 session last night, forcing the death of HJR14 -- a proposed amendment to Iowa's constitution that would have banned courts from considering “Sharia,” or Islamic principles.

SEE: House Joint Resolution 14

http://tinyurl.com/7mjeyy6

The proposed amendment was drafted by Rep. Kim Pearson (R-House Dist. 42), a Tea Party member who targeted Islam and its practice in Iowa. Pearson has been quoted as saying Islam treats women “like they are pigs and dogs.”

Basu: Hear Muslim Concerns, Rather Than Act Blindly (Des Moines Register)

http://tinyurl.com/77r7sag

"Iowa's Muslims and all other Iowans who value religious freedom thank the legislators who worked so tirelessly defeating this bigoted legislation," said CAIR-IA Executive Director Miriam Amer. "Our challenge to intolerance is just beginning, as we've been promised an ‘improved’ version of this extremist proposal next session."

Amer said a constitutional amendment such as HJR14 would seriously impact the state's estimated 80,000 Muslims and their constitutionally-protected freedom of religion.

HJR14 was just one of dozens of similar anti-Islam measures introduced in state legislatures nationwide.CAIR’s national office recently released a community toolkit designed to assist those seeking to preserve America's ideal of religious pluralism in the face of the unconstitutional anti-Sharia campaign.

SEE: CAIR Releases Community Toolkit to Challenge 'Anti-Sharia' Bills 

http://tinyurl.com/7ud39hj

CAIR Community Toolkit: Securing Religious Liberty

http://tinyurl.com/6thfmre

BACKGROUNDER: 33 Anti-Sharia Bills in 20 States

http://tinyurl.com/7j7xgkn

 

CAIR’s toolkit includes background on David Yerushalmi, the anti-Islam extremist who authored the template for the anti-Sharia bills.  

Yerushalmi is head of the anti-Islam hate group Society of Americans for National Existence (SANE), which once offered a policy proposal that would make "adherence to Islam" punishable by 20 years in prison, called for the immediate deportation of all non-citizen Muslims and urged Congress to declare war on the "Muslim Nation," which SANE defined as "all Muslims." The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) named Yerushalmi a member of the "anti-Muslim inner circle." 

SEE: A SANE Act to Deal with the Islamic Threat to America's National Existence (SADITANE)

http://tinyurl.com/4b54c88

SPLC: The Anti-Muslim Inner Circle

http://tinyurl.com/6xl4d4h

Links to Background Information on David Yerushalmi:

David Yerushalmi: A Driving Force Behind Anti-Sharia Efforts in the U.S.

http://www.adl.org/main_Extremism/david_yerushalmi.htm

Meet the White Supremacist Leading the GOP's Anti-Sharia Crusade

http://tinyurl.com/4amcmex

The Man Behind the Anti-Shariah Movement (NY Times)

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/31/us/31shariah.html

Anti-Islam Activist Yerushalmi Measures Imams' Beards

http://www.forward.com/articles/139688/

Profile of Anti-Sharia Extremist David Yerushalmi

http://rightweb.irc-online.org/profile/yerushalmi_david