CAIR Action Alert:
Action: Ask Elected Officials to Oppose South Dakota Anti-Sharia Bill
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/22/12) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on Muslims and other people of conscience in South Dakota and nationwide to urge elected officials in that state to reject House Bill 1253 (HB 1253), the sponsor of which admits is designed to attack Sharia, the religious principles of American Muslims.
"I would be less than fully honest with you if I didn’t also say that part of the purpose of [HB] 1253 is to deal with what I am going to say generally has been referred to as Sharia Law," said State Representative Roger Hunt (R-10) before the State House Judiciary Committee. "[This bill] will give us the provision needed to in essence deal with religious codes that would be sought in the state of South Dakota."
SEE: Rep. Hunt Before the South Dakota State House Judiciary Committee (At 2:30:20)
SEE: South Dakota HB 1253, Judicial Enforcement of Religious Codes
On February 10, the bill was approved by the South Dakota House of Representatives sent to the State Senate for further consideration. The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to review the bill on Thursday, February 23. The office of South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard has voiced support for the bill.
SEE: HB 1253, Bill History
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) named Yerushalmi a member of the "anti-Muslim inner circle."
Links to Background Information on David Yerushalmi:
In a March 2, 2006, article for The American Spectator, Yerushalmi wrote: "Muslim civilization is at war with Judeo-Christian civilization ... The Muslim peoples, those committed to Islam as we know it today, are our enemies."
Yerushalmi is also staff attorney for Frank Gaffney, president of the Washington-based Center for Security Policy. Gaffney was a key witness for the plaintiffs in a controversial lawsuit against a mosque being built in Tennessee. Gaffney has also promoted the false belief that President Obama is a Muslim.
IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be polite and respectful.)
1. Contact South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard. Call 605-773-3661, and ask to speak to the director of constituents.
To contact the members of the House Courts of Justice Committee:
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3. Inform your friends and family by forwarding this alert to at least five other people. Tell them you took action and ask them to do the same.
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