WASHINGTON, July 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today asked Muslims and all Americans concerned about the erosion of constitutional protections of religious freedom to contact state senators in North Carolina to urge them to vote against an anti-Islam bill when it is put to a vote later today.
CAIR Action Alert: Urge NC Senate Leaders to Reject Anti-Islam Bill
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The anti-Islam bill was passed by the North Carolina House earlier this year. The senate version up for a vote today has added several restrictions on abortion services.
SEE: North Carolina's Anti-Sharia Bill is Now Also Anti-Abortion
North Carolina GOP Using Anti-Sharia Bill to Sneak Through Extreme Abortion Restrictions
"Like all the other anti-Islam bills introduced in state legislatures nationwide, this legislation is designed to marginalize and stigmatize a religious minority and will have a negative impact on the rights of people of all faiths and backgrounds," said CAIR Government Affairs Manager Robert McCaw.
Dozens of similar discriminatory and unconstitutional bills have been introduced in state legislatures nationwide.
CAIR: A Brief Overview of the Pervasiveness of Anti-Islam Legislation
Last year, CAIR released a community toolkit designed to assist those seeking to preserve America's ideal of religious pluralism in the face of the unconstitutional anti-Sharia campaign.
CAIR Community Toolkit: Securing Religious Liberty
CAIR's toolkit includes background on David Yerushalmi, the anti-Islam extremist who authored the template for the anti-Sharia bills.
Yerushalmi is head of the anti-Islam hate group Society of Americans for National Existence (SANE), which once offered a policy proposal that would make "adherence to Islam" punishable by 20 years in prison, called for the immediate deportation of all non-citizen Muslims and urged Congress to declare war on the "Muslim Nation," which SANE defined as "all Muslims." The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) named Yerushalmi a member of the "anti-Muslim inner circle."
SEE: A SANE Act to Deal with the Islamic Threat to America's National Existence (SADITANE)
SPLC: The Anti-Muslim Inner Circle
Links to Background Information on David Yerushalmi:
CAIR Islamophobe Profile: David Yerushalmi
David Yerushalmi: A Driving Force Behind Anti-Sharia Efforts in the U.S.
Meet the White Supremacist Leading the GOP's Anti-Sharia Crusade
The Man Behind the Anti-Shariah Movement (NY Times) http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/31/us/31shariah.html
Anti-Islam Activist Yerushalmi Measures Imams' Beards
Profile of Anti-Sharia Extremist David Yerushalmi
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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SOURCE Council on American-Islamic Relations