Hamas-linked CAIR claims that the bill would outlaw the practice of Islam in Tennessee. Of course it won’t; it will outlaw the political and supremacist aspects of Islam that are at variance with Constitutional freedoms. If Hamas-linked CAIR really were the “moderate” organization it portrays itself as being, it would have no problem with that.
“Group to protest Shariah bill today,” from DNJ.com, March 1:
MURFREESBORO “” The Council on American-Islamic Relations will hold a press conference at noon today in Nashville to respond to state Sen. Bill Ketron’s Shariah law bill that he contends is about making terrorism activity a felony.
“This clearly unconstitutional and un-American legislation would make it illegal to be a Muslim in the state of Tennessee,” CAIR Staff Attorney Gadeir Abbas said in a news release sent out Monday. “Consideration of this legislation, which completely disregards equality before the law, would send the unfortunate message that Tennessee is an intolerant state.”
Abbas will take part in today’s press conference at the Tennessee Capitol with faith leaders and other representatives from CAIR, as well as from the American Civil Liberties Union, the Interfaith Alliance and the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, according to a CAIR news release from Washington, D.C.
Abbas called the legislation a “gross violation of both the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses of the First Amendment.”
“What this bill ominously calls ‘Shariah’ is nothing more than the religious traditions that all Muslims use to guide the practice of their faith,” Abbas said.
Ketron said critics of his legislation have inaccurately described it.
“I would hope that they have actually read the bill unlike the first report from The Tennessean that broke the news last week,” Ketron said during a Monday phone interview. “It was obvious that the reporter did not read the bill.”
Ketron said his bill mirrors a federal law that has already been vetted.
“My bill is called Material Support, and that’s what has been before the U.S. Supreme Court,” Ketron said. “There are different arms of Shariah, and the arm in my bill has nothing to do with their religious practices. I am a strong constitutionalist, and I believe in the right to worship. And based on our Constitution, they have a right to worship however they see fit. What my bill does in conjunction with law enforcement and the State Attorney General allows them to work in unison to identify Shariah terrorist organizations.
“Once those organizations have been identified, they create a so-called ring of fire around that organization and not allow things in or out of that organization such as property transfers, infusions of cash through foreign bank accounts, or explosions or any other conveyances of wealth that manifest itself through material support.”
A summary of Ketron’s bill defines Shariah as “the set of rules, precepts, instructions, or edicts which are said to emanate directly or indirectly from the god of Allah or the prophet Mohammed and which include directly or indirectly the encouragement of any person to support the abrogation, destruction, or violation of the United States or Tennessee Constitutions, or the destruction of the national existence of the United States or the sovereignty of this state, and which includes among other methods to achieve these ends, the likely use of imminent violence.[“]