CAIR mobilizes Muslims against anti-Islam bill in Michigan
25 Dec 2012 11:35 GMT
 
Lansing: Some sections in the western society leave no stone unturned to fuel Islamophobia and defame Muslims by their negative propaganda and false statements. The bill HB 4769, better known as the anti-Islam legislation, in Michigan State of the United States is one of attempts against Islam and a local council is mobilizing the Muslims to stand up in the way of biased legislation. By Farhan Iqbal

Lansing: Some sections in the western society leave no stone unturned to fuel Islamophobia and defame Muslims by their negative propaganda and false statements. The bill HB 4769, better known as the anti-Islam legislation, in Michigan State of the United States is one of attempts against Islam and a local council is mobilizing the Muslims to stand up in the way of biased legislation.

CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, has started urging the Muslims nationwide since last week to take action against HB 4769 which is the creation of Islamophobes and an anti-Islam legislation.

State Legislator Dave Agema, a Republican from Michigan, was the state representative behind this bill, and actively pushing for it to pass during Michigan’s lame duck session.

CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, had their state-wide chapters calling on “all people of conscience” to urge their state governors “to veto the biased bill which is among those that seek to impose government-sanctioned discrimination on followers of a minority faith.”

Bill HB 4769 was officially denied earlier last week.  “We welcome the decision of the MI GOP House leadership for not bringing to the floor for vote the so-called ‘anti-Shariah bill’ against the wishes of one of its own influential party members,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director, Dawud Walid.

Republican Agema, who has a history of making controversial comments relating to Muslims, recently stated, “We have the largest concentration of Muslims in the state in the Dearborn area.  I know we have (sleeper) cells there.  That is what I really want to get at.”

Agema is known to not back down from such comments.  In an interview with the Grand Rapids Press, in his explanation of why he feels the bill is important, he said, “They (Muslims) want specific laws applied to their specific groups … They do not want to be under our law.”

Though he is term-limited and will not be able to formally re-introduce this or any such legislation in the future, he was, however, voted this year to serve as the Republican National Committeeman for Michigan.

“We hope that the MI GOP will continue to eschew any anti-Islam and anti-immigrant views while Agema serves as National Committeeman for their party,” said Walid.

In 2011 a new resolution was passed to oppose such bills that target an entire group of people based on their faith.  It was passed by the American Bar Association (ABA), and says, “Initiatives that target an entire religion or stigmatize an entire religious community, such as those explicitly aimed at ‘Shariah law,’ are inconsistent with some of the core principles and ideals of American jurisprudence.”

So far, anti-Muslim laws have been adopted in Arizona, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee and Kansas.



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