Politics

House Passes 'Anti-Sharia' Bill; CAIR Vows Court Challenge

By: Kenric Ward | Posted: March 2, 2012 3:55 AM
Larry Metz

Rep. Larry Metz, R-Eustis | Credit: Meredith Geddings - myfloridahouse.gov

A national author of "anti-Sharia" legislation and an Islamic group can agree on one thing: A South Dakota bill prohibiting the enforcement of religious law is wrong-headed.

But the two remain on opposite sides of a Florida bill barring foreign laws in state courts. The bill, which cleared the Florida House 92-24 on Thursday, will be challenged in court if it becomes law, a Muslim leader said.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations this week called for the governor of South Dakota to veto that state's anti-Sharia Law legislation.

"[It] not only discriminates against Muslims but prevents persons of all faiths from incorporating into their wills, contracts and other legal documents provisions that reflect their religious traditions," CAIR said in a statement.

David Yerushalmi is inclined to agree, albeit for somewhat different reasons.

"The South Dakota draft is ill-advised and just plain wrong-headed," declared Yerushalmi, who has authored draft legislation through a group called American Laws for American Courts.

"The South Dakota law simply prohibits any religious law from being enforced by a state court, whether or not that religious law violates a party's constitutional right. Thus, a purely innocuous religious agreement could not be enforced. That's stupid."

By targeting religious law as opposed to foreign laws, the South Dakota legislation is "problematic constitutionally," Yerushalmi said.

By contrast, Florida's House Bill 1209, sponsored by Rep. Larry Metz, R-Eustis, is modeled after the ALAC draft, which only prohibits the application of foreign law -- whether religious or not -- when the application of that law would violate a party's constitutional rights.

See the bill here.

"It's like comparing apples [ALAC/Florida] with dirt [South Dakota]," Yerushalmi told Sunshine State News.

Yerushalmi dismisses complaints by Muslim and Jewish groups that say the Florida legislation tramples religious rights.

"If a 'religious' matter does not get into court, the law does not apply because it specifies only 'foreign' law," he said. "If 'Sharia' gets into court, the law only applies if the Sharia ruling would deprive a party of due process or equal protection.

"Is CAIR arguing that a Florida state court should enforce a foreign law that violates fundamental constitutional liberties?" Yerushalmi asked.

Hassan Shibly, CAIR's Florida director, said "the law doesn't do anything helpful."
 
"Courts cannot void constitutional rights, so you don't need a law targeting foreign law," said Shibly.

If Metz's bill is signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott, the CAIR director said his group is "ready to challenge in the courts."

"It is the height of patriotism to stand up for the Bill of Rights -- even when it's unpopular," Shibly said.

In floor debate on Thursday, Rep. James Waldman, D-Coconut Creek, branded Metz's measure a "prejudicial crusade" and "clearly an anti-Muslim initiative."

But Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Shalimar, said the bill provided "necessary clarity to judges."

The House discussion was brief and perfunctory, as a vocal opponent of the bill, state Rep. Richard Steinberg, resigned last month in the wake of a personal sexting scandal.

In addition to Gaetz, HB 1209 attracted bipartisan support with a lengthy list of co-introducers: Reps. Janet Adkins, R-Fernandina Beach; Larry Ahern, R-St. Petersburg; Ben Albritton, R-Bartow; Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala; Debbie Boyd, D-High Springs; Douglas Broxson, R-Milton; Matthew Caldwell, R-Fort Myers; Daphne Campbell, D-Miami; Richard Corcoran, R-New Port Richey; Fred Costello, R-New Smyrna Beach; Brad Drake, R-DeFuniak Springs; Clay Ford, R-Pensacola; James Grant, R-Tampa; Bill Hager, R-Boca Raton; Gayle Harrell, R-Port St. Lucie; Clay Ingram, R-Pensacola; Sen. Paige Kreegel, R-Punta Gorda; Charles McBurney, R-Jacksonville; Ray Pilon, R-Sarasota; Elizabeth Porter, R-Lake City; Franklin Sands, D-Sunrise; Jimmie Smith, R-Lecanto; Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland; Greg Steube, R-Sarasota; John Tobia, R-Melbourne; Charles Van Zant, R-Palatka; and Mike Weinstein, R-Jacksonville.

An identical bill, SB 1360 by Rep. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, has cleared two committees in the Senate and appears headed for passage as well.



Contact Kenric Ward at kward@sunshinestatenews.com or at (772) 801-5341.



Comments (15)

steveo
6:58PM MAR 5TH 2012
im sorry but churches are a seperate entiy remember seperation of church and state per the constition. The church can make rules not laws. if you want to practice your regilous belief's fine. your foreign laws can not hinder or interfere with our constituion. You came here now obey our laws or get out!!!!!
Groscoe
4:36PM MAR 4TH 2012
If Muslims are not happy operating under our laws then they are free to.........
mandinka
9:29PM MAR 3RD 2012
They can include anything in their will that they want as long as it complies with US law. Time that the 'religion of pace" is placed on the same moral grounds as the religion that established this country.
The fact that some Judges have allowed Sharia in the court says its time to end that prerogative NOW
Danny
12:14PM MAR 2ND 2012
CAIR should not have a say on anything that goes on in this country. CAIR is a terrorist supporting organization in which numerous "leaders" (if that's what one could call a terrorism supporter) have ties to the Islamic Association for Palestine and Hamas.

CAIR should not even be recognized as a viable entity...anywhere.
Madame Anena
7:38PM MAR 2ND 2012
Hi Danny,
I hope you are having a good day today in this dear nation we both love and call home. I read your comment and thought I would provide you with some background reading about CAIR so that your future comments are better informed:
cair.com/AboutUs/VisionMissionCorePrinciples.aspx

CAIR's vision is to be a leading advocate for justice and mutual understanding.

CAIR's mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

CAIR supports free enterprise, freedom of religion and freedom of expression.
CAIR is committed to protecting the civil rights of all Americans, regardless of faith.
CAIR supports domestic policies that promote civil rights, diversity and freedom of religion.
CAIR opposes domestic policies that limit civil rights, permit racial, ethnic or religious profiling, infringe on due process, or that prevent Muslims and others from participating fully in American civic life.
CAIR is a natural ally of groups, religious or secular, that advocate justice and human rights in America and around the world.
CAIR supports foreign policies that help create free and equitable trade, encourage human rights and promote representative government based on socio-economic justice.
CAIR believes the active practice of Islam strengthens the social and religious fabric of our nation.
CAIR condemns all acts of violence against civilians by any individual, group or state.
CAIR advocates dialogue between faith communities both in America and worldwide.
CAIR supports equal and complementary rights and responsibilities for men and women.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is a grassroots civil rights and advocacy group. CAIR is America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, with regional offices nationwide and in Canada. The national headquarters is located on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.

Since its establishment in 1994, CAIR has worked to promote a positive image of Islam and Muslims in America. Through media relations, government relations, education and advocacy, CAIR puts forth an Islamic perspective to ensure the Muslim voice is represented. In offering this perspective, CAIR seeks to empower the American Muslim community and encourage their participation in political and social activism.

Civil Rights Work
CAIR's Civil Rights Department counsels, mediates and advocates on behalf of Muslims and others who have experienced religious discrimination, defamation or hate crimes. The department works to protect and defend the constitutional rights of American Muslims, thereby supporting the rights of all Americans.

Government Affairs
CAIR's Governmental Affairs Department conducts and organizes lobbying efforts on issues related to Islam and Muslims. The department is active in monitoring legislation and government activities and then, responding on behalf of the American Muslim community. CAIR representatives have testified before Congress and have sponsored a number of activities designed to bring Muslim concerns to Capitol Hill.

Media Relations
CAIR's Communications Department works in conjunction with local and national media to ensure an accurate portrayal of Islam and Muslims is presented to the American public. CAIR monitors local, national and international media in part, to challenge negative stereotypes, but also to applaud and encourage positive representations of Islam and Muslims. Over the years, CAIR has become a respected and credible source for journalists and other media professionals.

Action Alerts
In an effort to empower the American Muslim community, CAIR issues "Action Alerts" as a means of generating a grassroots response to critical political, social and media-related issues. These alerts have produced overwhelming results and have made a significant impact in bringing about change. CAIR also offers an email list designed to be a source of information and news for the American Muslim community. Subscribers to the CAIR e-mail lists receive news releases and other materials dealing with American Muslim positions on issues of importance.

Research
CAIR's Research Department conducts empirical research studies on subjects relevant to the American Muslim community, including gathering and analyzing data for the annual civil rights report. The North American Muslim Resource Guide: Muslim Community Life in the United States and Canada (Routledge) is a product of the research department.

Internships
CAIR offers internships to students or other interested individuals who wish to gain experience in media relations, political activism or civil rights work.

CAIR Publications
CAIR offers a variety of publications that address the needs and rights of American Muslims. These publications include guides for employers, educators, healthcare providers, and law enforcement. CAIR also produces practical handbooks and resource materials for the Muslim community. CAIR's Research Department publishes an annual report on the status of American Muslim civil rights, which serves to document hate crimes and discrimination cases reported to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department.

Education: Conferences, Seminars and Workshops
CAIR organizes regular conferences and training seminars for government and law enforcement agencies, media professionals and the academic community. These events are designed to present easily accessible and accurate information about Islam and Muslims. CAIR’s TeamWorks sensitivity and diversity training workshop is offered to employers, educators and organizations as a proactive approach that highlights relevant Islamic practices and offers suggestions for religious accommodation. CAIR also provides training for the Muslim Community and activists in areas such as media relations, public speaking, lobbying, and civil rights.

Voter Registration
In order to increase Muslim participation in the political arena, CAIR and its chapters regularly sponsor voter registration drives across the country. To register to vote, visit our website.

Outreach and Interfaith Relations
Each year, groups representing people of all faiths visit CAIR offices to learn more about Islam and Muslims in America. Through these visits, as well as other interfaith initiatives, CAIR strives to educate others about Islam while building strong relationships with other faith communities.
Have a GREAT day,

Anena
Dave Gaubatz
4:56PM SEP 3RD 2013
Bull[filtered word]. CAIR sponsors Islamic based terrorism. CAIR is America's #1 Security issue. Dave Gaubatz, Author 'Muslim Mafia'
mike
10:54PM MAR 14TH 2012
and another thing instead of fighting for the rights of muslims and islam in america and canada, where there giv'n the same rights and freedom that i an athiest enjoy, maybe cair should start cairing about muslims and there civil rights in the countries they emigrate from, keep your laws and "rights" ( if they do exsist) in your country, dont bring your [filtered word] to my doorstep and expect me to eat it! if you dont like our way of life cair take your religion and its followers and dont come back. Man i get so angry with others coming over to my country and expecting me to change to suite them! LEAVE.
mike
10:37PM MAR 14TH 2012
Bull[filtered word] is basically all i have to say to most of what Anena writes. espiacially about building "strong relations with other faith communities" Cair we dont believe it, your lying through your teeth we can smell the stench of dishonesty, unfortunatly anyone in a place of power to end islam in north america is scared of being called rasict bigot at the least, not to mention the death threats that would follow and violence that would insue ...... islam is good at that.
Groscoe
4:38PM MAR 4TH 2012
Thank you for your brief explanation of how CAIR CARES.....HA!
mandinka
9:31PM MAR 3RD 2012
Cair has also funneled $$ into Terrorists groups ( like Hamas) and is on the federal watch list for their actions
Kevin
3:41PM MAR 3RD 2012
Nice piece of propaganda, but the American people aren't buying the load of **** you're shoveling.
Infidel Task Force
12:45PM MAR 3RD 2012
CAIR is a terrorist front group:

Riad Abdelkarim

Former Board Chairman of CAIR-Florida
On May 5, 2002, Abdelkarim was detained by the Israeli government, which claimed he was using the charity that he founded and Chaired, KinderUSA, to "transfer money to sponsor suicide bombings."

Omar Abdel-Rahman (a.k.a. The Blind Sheikh)

CAIR 'Person of Interest' - Abdel-Rahman is serving a life sentence in prison for his role as the spiritual leader of the group responsible for the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center,



Omar M. Ahmad

Co-founder and former National Chairman of CAIR, former board member of CAIR-Los Angeles (CAIR-California), and former President of CAIR's (dissolved) parent organization, the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP)
"On FBI wiretaps recorded in 1993, Omar Ahmed, who has served as President of IAP and Board Chairman of CAIR, is overheard professing his commitment to Hamas.

Ahmad Al-Akhras

National Vice-Chairman of CAIR, founding President of CAIR-Ohio, and board member of the CAIR-affiliated American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT)
On July 28, 2006, at a rally against Israel's fighting in Lebanon, Al-Akhras was caught on camera: 1. refusing to condemn Hezbollah and 2. physically assaulting the creator of the blog, HOURGLASS1941.

Abdurahman Muhammad Omar Alamoudi (Alamondi)

Former Director of the Northern Virginia office of CAIR (CAIR-Maryland, CAIR-Maryland/Virginia) - In March of 2003, Alamoudi became part of a Libyan plot to assassinate Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah. Alamoudi helped to recruit participants for the plot and assisted in the transfer of hundreds of thousands of dollars to be used to finance the operation. In July of 2004, Alamoudi pled guilty to three federal offenses, which included terror-related charges. Later, he was sentenced to 23 years in prison.

Sami Amin Al-Arian

Co-founder of CAIR's (dissolved) parent organization, the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), and developer of IAP's (dissolved) magazine, Tareeq Filistine (Road to Palestine) - On May 1, 2006, Al-Arian was sentenced to 57 months in prison for conspiring to provide material support to PIJ

Bassem Abdo Alhalabi (Al-Halabi)

Member of CAIR-Florida’s political advocacy division, United Voices for America (UVA) - On March 11, 2010, while attending a UVA event in Tallahassee, Florida, Bassem Alhalabi physically attacked two individuals, including Americans Against Hate Chairman Joe Kaufman. He was charged with battery, and on March 19th, a warrant was issued in his name. Alhalabi was arrested three days later by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, spent the day behind bars, and was released on March 23rd, at 2:15 am, after paying a $500 bond. (Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, ‘Booking Blotter – Details,’ March 22, 2010; Joe Kaufman, FrontPage Magazine, ‘Assault at Muslim Capitol Day,’ March 24, 2010)

On January 26, 2011, Alhalabi admitted guilt in the March 2010 Tallahassee, Florida assaults and was ordered by the court to do community service and attend a course in anger management.

Nihad Awad (Hammad)

Co-founder and National Executive Director of CAIR, former Public Relations Director and Spokesman of CAIR's (dissolved) parent organization, the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), and former Contributing Editor of IAP's (dissolved) magazine, the Muslim World Monitor
Awad refused to condemn Hamas as a terrorist organization. (

Ghassan Elashi

Founding Director of the Dallas/Ft. Worth chapter of CAIR (CAIR-DFW, CAIR-Texas), - On April 13, 2005, Elashi was convicted on 21 counts of conspiracy, money laundering and dealing in property of a terrorist.

Atif Fareed

Chairman of CAIR-Florida - "It took skill to fly sophisticated planes nearly 500 mph into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon." (stated by Atif Fareed, Las Vegas Weekly,

Rabih Haddad

Former fundraiser for CAIR-Michigan

On July 14, 2003, Haddad was deported from the United States to Lebanon. He had been arrested on December 14, 2001, the same day the organization he had co-founded, the Global Relief Foundation (GRF), was shut down by the United States for financing Hamas and Al-Qaeda.

Bassem K. Khafagi

Former Director of Community Relations for CAIR

On September 9, 2003, Bassem Khafagi plead guilty to bank and visa fraud. He was ordered deported to his native home of Egypt.

Randall Todd "Ismail" Royer

Former Civil Rights Coordinator of CAIR, former Communications Specialist for CAIR, and former CAIR Researcher

On April 9, 2004, Royer was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his activities within the 'Virginia Jihad Network,' a group that was conspiring with Laskar-e-Taiba (LeT) to attack Americans and Indians overseas.

Muhammad Salah

Former Executive Committee member of the IAP-affiliated Mosque Foundation (a.k.a. Bridgeview Mosque)
On January 25, 1993, Salah was arrested by Israeli authorities. He, later, pled guilty to charges arising from his activities with Hamas and received a sentence of five years in prison.

James "Yusuf" Yee

Executive Director of CAIR-New Jersey

In September 2003, Yee was arrested and charged by the United States Army with five offenses: sedition, aiding the enemy, spying, espionage and failure to obey a general order. At the time, he was working as an Army Chaplain, counseling al-Qaeda prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay

Adeel Zeb

Former Communications Director and former Sensitivity Trainer for CAIR-Houston - Zeb has written, “CAIR is not a terrorist organization, actually CAIR condemns terrorism,” while ignoring the fact that CAIR was created by operatives from Hamas and that CAIR has refused to condemn Hamas and other terrorist groups.

Yeah CAIR is such a great moderate, helpful association....only if your a muslim. Anyone else other then a muslim? Your dead!!
Infidel Task Force
12:44PM MAR 3RD 2012
CAIR is a terrorist front group:

Riad Abdelkarim

Former Board Chairman of CAIR-Florida
On May 5, 2002, Abdelkarim was detained by the Israeli government, which claimed he was using the charity that he founded and Chaired, KinderUSA, to "transfer money to sponsor suicide bombings."

Omar Abdel-Rahman (a.k.a. The Blind Sheikh)

CAIR 'Person of Interest' - Abdel-Rahman is serving a life sentence in prison for his role as the spiritual leader of the group responsible for the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center,



Omar M. Ahmad

Co-founder and former National Chairman of CAIR, former board member of CAIR-Los Angeles (CAIR-California), and former President of CAIR's (dissolved) parent organization, the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP)
"On FBI wiretaps recorded in 1993, Omar Ahmed, who has served as President of IAP and Board Chairman of CAIR, is overheard professing his commitment to Hamas.

Ahmad Al-Akhras

National Vice-Chairman of CAIR, founding President of CAIR-Ohio, and board member of the CAIR-affiliated American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT)
On July 28, 2006, at a rally against Israel's fighting in Lebanon, Al-Akhras was caught on camera: 1. refusing to condemn Hezbollah and 2. physically assaulting the creator of the blog, HOURGLASS1941.

Abdurahman Muhammad Omar Alamoudi (Alamondi)

Former Director of the Northern Virginia office of CAIR (CAIR-Maryland, CAIR-Maryland/Virginia) - In March of 2003, Alamoudi became part of a Libyan plot to assassinate Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah. Alamoudi helped to recruit participants for the plot and assisted in the transfer of hundreds of thousands of dollars to be used to finance the operation. In July of 2004, Alamoudi pled guilty to three federal offenses, which included terror-related charges. Later, he was sentenced to 23 years in prison.

Sami Amin Al-Arian

Co-founder of CAIR's (dissolved) parent organization, the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), and developer of IAP's (dissolved) magazine, Tareeq Filistine (Road to Palestine) - On May 1, 2006, Al-Arian was sentenced to 57 months in prison for conspiring to provide material support to PIJ

Bassem Abdo Alhalabi (Al-Halabi)

Member of CAIR-Florida’s political advocacy division, United Voices for America (UVA) - On March 11, 2010, while attending a UVA event in Tallahassee, Florida, Bassem Alhalabi physically attacked two individuals, including Americans Against Hate Chairman Joe Kaufman. He was charged with battery, and on March 19th, a warrant was issued in his name. Alhalabi was arrested three days later by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, spent the day behind bars, and was released on March 23rd, at 2:15 am, after paying a $500 bond. (Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, ‘Booking Blotter – Details,’ March 22, 2010; Joe Kaufman, FrontPage Magazine, ‘Assault at Muslim Capitol Day,’ March 24, 2010)

On January 26, 2011, Alhalabi admitted guilt in the March 2010 Tallahassee, Florida assaults and was ordered by the court to do community service and attend a course in anger management.

Nihad Awad (Hammad)

Co-founder and National Executive Director of CAIR, former Public Relations Director and Spokesman of CAIR's (dissolved) parent organization, the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), and former Contributing Editor of IAP's (dissolved) magazine, the Muslim World Monitor
Awad refused to condemn Hamas as a terrorist organization. (

Ghassan Elashi

Founding Director of the Dallas/Ft. Worth chapter of CAIR (CAIR-DFW, CAIR-Texas), - On April 13, 2005, Elashi was convicted on 21 counts of conspiracy, money laundering and dealing in property of a terrorist.

Atif Fareed

Chairman of CAIR-Florida - "It took skill to fly sophisticated planes nearly 500 mph into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon." (stated by Atif Fareed, Las Vegas Weekly,

Rabih Haddad

Former fundraiser for CAIR-Michigan

On July 14, 2003, Haddad was deported from the United States to Lebanon. He had been arrested on December 14, 2001, the same day the organization he had co-founded, the Global Relief Foundation (GRF), was shut down by the United States for financing Hamas and Al-Qaeda.

Bassem K. Khafagi

Former Director of Community Relations for CAIR

On September 9, 2003, Bassem Khafagi plead guilty to bank and visa fraud. He was ordered deported to his native home of Egypt.

Randall Todd "Ismail" Royer

Former Civil Rights Coordinator of CAIR, former Communications Specialist for CAIR, and former CAIR Researcher

On April 9, 2004, Royer was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his activities within the 'Virginia Jihad Network,' a group that was conspiring with Laskar-e-Taiba (LeT) to attack Americans and Indians overseas.

Muhammad Salah

Former Executive Committee member of the IAP-affiliated Mosque Foundation (a.k.a. Bridgeview Mosque)
On January 25, 1993, Salah was arrested by Israeli authorities. He, later, pled guilty to charges arising from his activities with Hamas and received a sentence of five years in prison.

James "Yusuf" Yee

Executive Director of CAIR-New Jersey

In September 2003, Yee was arrested and charged by the United States Army with five offenses: sedition, aiding the enemy, spying, espionage and failure to obey a general order. At the time, he was working as an Army Chaplain, counseling al-Qaeda prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay

Adeel Zeb

Former Communications Director and former Sensitivity Trainer for CAIR-Houston - Zeb has written, “CAIR is not a terrorist organization, actually CAIR condemns terrorism,” while ignoring the fact that CAIR was created by operatives from Hamas and that CAIR has refused to condemn Hamas and other terrorist groups.

Yeah CAIR is such a great moderate, helpful association....only if your a muslim. Anyone else other then a muslim? Your dead!!
Johnston
8:50PM MAR 2ND 2012
You seem to have forgotten that in 2007, CAIR was named, along with 245 others, by U.S. Federal prosecutors in a list of unindicted co-conspirators and/or joint venturers in a Hamas funding case involving the Holy Land Foundation, which caused the FBI to cease working with CAIR outside of criminal investigations due to its designation. Links to terrorism does not bode well for mutual understanding.

You have a great day as well, and please do not leave out important facts in the future.

PS: An interesting book that lists activities of CAIR is a book entitled Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That's Conspiring to Islamize America by Paul David Gaubatz and Paul Sperry and was published in October 2009. It is based on actual documents and information from CAIR itself.
Infidel Task Force
12:48PM MAR 3RD 2012
Johnston
I had the opportunity to interview David Gaubatz of Muslim Mafia.

You may find it interesting,

Google Infidel Task Force - click on Interviews

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