From ACT for America:
CAIR (the Council on American-Islamic Relations) is at it again.
This past Sunday, CAIR put out the release below, claiming that American Laws for American Courts (ALAC) legislation, recently introduced in Virginia, is “unconstitutional.”
Let’s examine their release closely.
- First, CAIR claims ALAC is “anti-Muslim.” If so, why is it that ALAC legislation has won the endorsement of the American Islamic Leadership Coalition (AILC), a coalition of reformist Muslim leaders?
In a release put out August 31, 2011, the AILC stated, referring to HB 4769, the ALAC bill introduced in Michigan: “We see no evidence that statutes like HB 4769 will adversely impact the free exercise of our personal pietistic observance of Islam…”
The AILC knows that Muslims who reject sharia law will be protected under this legislation. For CAIR to argue ALAC is anti-Muslim is disingenuous and lacking any factual support.
- Second, CAIR claims ALAC is “racist.” Again, consider the words of the AILC in its support of ALAC: “To equate Bill 4769 to racism is not only dishonest, but is a poor and clumsy attempt at making ordinary Muslim Americans feel alien in their own homeland, while creating a rift between Muslims and the rest of our country.”
- Third, CAIR repeats the canard that ALAC will prevent Muslims from executing wills. Nonsense. If this were true we’re sure the AILC would not have endorsed it. What ALAC does is prevent state courts from applying foreign law if doing so infringes on the constitutional rights of a party in the case. A good example would be a Muslim woman denied equal protection under the law, as is commonly the case under sharia law.
- Fourth, CAIR uses the scare tactic that Catholics and people of other faiths would be banned from applying religious traditions. Again, utter nonsense. The linchpin of ALAC is its protection of those whose constitutional rights would be violated if foreign law were applied. And for CAIR to say with a straight face that the Catholic canon is the “equivalent” of sharia law is ludicrous.
- Lastly, CAIR calls ALAC “suddenly controversial.” Hardly. Nearly two years ago ACT! for America helped get ALAC passed in Tennessee with strong bipartisan support, and nearly a year ago we helped it get passed in Arizona—again with bipartisan support.
|We all need to remember that CAIR has been affirmed by our Justice Department as the American front organization for the terrorist group Hamas and that it was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism financing trial in American history.
We also need to remember that its communications director, Ibrahim Hooper, stated in 1993 that he would like to see the government of the U.S. be Islamic sometime in the future. And in 1998 CAIR’s co-founder proclaimed that the Qur’an should be the highest authority in America.
So while CAIR peddles falsehoods, canards and scare tactics about ALAC, we should all understand its REAL agenda—the imposition of sharia law in America.
Virginia anti-Sharia law unconstitutional
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) says a new law that has been proposed in the State of Virginia is anti-Muslim and unconstitutional.
Titled Morris’ HB631, the new bill was introduced by Virginia General Assembly Delegate Rick L. Morris (R-House District 64) on January 11.
“Unfortunately, a state delegate in Virginia, has introduced a piece of legislation that is copied from an extreme anti-Muslim (and) racist who has made a template for such laws nationwide and they have been introduced in more than 20 states and now Virginia and Pennsylvania being the latest,” CAIR’s National Communications Director, Ibrahim Hooper, has told Press TV’s U.S. Desk.
The anti-Sharia proposed law would ban courts from applying religious traditions to proceedings, such as the execution of a will among Muslims. Not only the religious Muslim code, the new bill would also prohibit the application of the Catholic equivalent, canon law, and other religious guidelines.
The suddenly controversial bill is scheduled to be heard by a Virginia legislature House subcommittee next Monday.
In U.S. courts, judges can refer to Sharia law in Muslim litigation involving cases about divorce and custody proceedings or in commercial litigation.
If you live in Virginia please respond to the following call to action!!!
*** VIRGINIA ACTION ALERT! ***
SHOW STATE DELEGATE RICK MORRIS YOUR SUPPORT
FOR HIS AMERICAN LAWS FOR AMERICAN COURTS BILL
by Lisa Piraneo, Director of Government Relations
and Kelly Cook, National Field Director
As you may know, Virginia Delegate Rick Morris recently introduced HB631, common-sense legislation that protects Virginians’ individual constitutional rights from foreign laws or legal doctrines where the application of those laws/doctrines would violate those constitutional rights. No particular foreign law is singled out. The proposal applies to them all.
It’s that simple.
It is critical to also understand that though other, similar, proposals may have been introduced in the Virginia legislature, Delegate Morris’ legislation is the “gold standard” on this particular issue and contains the necessary components for these important constitutional protections to be implemented. Currently, three other states, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Arizona have passed similar legislation, each of which remain unchallenged. As with those legislative proposals, HB631 is a solid piece of legislation.
Further, we’d like to be clear that there is no problem with the Morris legislation’s focus on domestic law, as the vast majority of cases about which we are concerned ARE domestic cases.
That said, as simple and common-sense as Delegate Morris’ language is, there are still those like the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) who seek to stop his protective measure dead in its tracks. They’ve already begun.
The good news: There is a large and growing base of support for “American Laws for American Courts” legislation, like HB631. A variety of interfaith groups, including the American Islamic Leadership Coalition, as well as eight leaders in the national security arena have come out in strong support of American Laws for American Courts legislation.
Further, Brigitte Gabriel and our national staff have made the passage of this bill a top priority for the 2012 legislative session. This is a vital step in the overall protection of the nation. This erosion of Constitutional authority must be stopped.
The more support Virginia’s bill, HB631 receives—both in the legislature and throughout the community—the better. Again, this particular legislation has been tested successfully in three other states and is now under consideration in 22 others throughout the country. HB631 is the “gold standard” when it comes to enacting sound policies to protect our state and constitutional rights and it’s critical that the bill move forward in the commonwealth of Virginia. You can help make that happen!
It is important that you express your support for HB631 to your member of the Virginia House of Delegates—so Virginia legislators can hear from you about this important constitutional rights issue. The voice of the grassroots is what is needed to move an important proposal like HB631 forward and into law!
Can we count on you to take a few moments today to let your voice be heard? Please contact your legislator in the Virginia House of Delegates today to express your strong support for HB631.
Please respectfully relay the following sentiments in your own words, whether via phone call or letter/e-mail:
I urge you to support and co-sponsor HB631, introduced by Delegate Rick Morris, in order to protect the constitutional rights of Virginians from the incursion of foreign laws and foreign legal doctrines. We must maintain the authority of the Virginia and U.S. Constitutions.
This bill is of the utmost importance to me!
Thank you for your leadership on this vital matter.
(Your name and city)
As always, thank you for all of your efforts. You ARE making a difference!
REMEMBER, YOUR VOICE COUNTS!
IF EACH OF US DOES JUST A LITTLE, TOGETHER WE CAN
ACCOMPLISH A LOT