CAIR Florida Director Hassan Shibley and Interfaith Supporters
SB1360Â â€“a bill to provide constitutional protections against adoption of foreign laws by domestic State courtsÂ diedÂ in the Florida Senate last night.Â The legislation was poised to pass the Senate before the session ended given the passage on March 1stÂ of a companion measure HB1209 by a vote of 92 to 24 in the Florida House. Â This important measure would have barred application of foreign laws from Islamic countries like Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.
What killed the bill was the emergence of opposition composed of Muslim Brotherhood front CAIR, fellow front group United Voices for America, the ACLU and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).Â A last minute amendment introduced by Coral Gables Republican Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portillo may have given Senate President Mike Haridopolos the opportunity to quash it.Â That was doubtless in response toAhmed Bedier former CAIR-Tampa executive director and founder of United Voices of America (UVA)Â who labeled the legislation as hateful to Muslims and in violation of constitutional guarantees of freedom of worship. He was particularly outraged by the sponsor of SB1360, Sen. Alan Hays, and Republican from Umatilla, who passed copies of an anti-Sharia booklet to fellow members stating that it was a threat to the US Constitution.
David Yerushalmi, Esq., author of the American Law for American Courts model lawÂ commented:
The people’s representatives will do their job as they deem appropriate. If it passes, well. If not, there’s always next legislative session with a new freshman class.
Hassan Shibley, the Florida CAIR director noted the interfaith supporters that contributed to theÂ “shariah victory”Â :
This is a greatÂ successÂ not only for the Muslim community, but for all Americans who believe in theÂ constitutionalÂ protections of freedom of religion.
This sendsÂ a strong message that we will not tolerate legislation in America. Our victory tonight is a greatÂ exampleÂ of how the interfaith and civil rights community united can make a positiveÂ differenceÂ for all Americans.
Among those interfaith supporters who killed the bill was the ADL.
The Florida regional executive director of the ADL, Andrew Rosenkranz, and just a few days before the scheduled vote on SB 1360 weighed in with the novel argument that the legislation would bar Bet Din, Jewish rabbinic courts in matters of domestic relations important to observant Jews.Â In a March 7thÂ press release, Rosenkranz of the ADL said:
This legislation addresses a non-existent threat, but what many don’t realize is that it would be harmful to the religious freedom of all Floridians, including observant Jews.
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Through much of the debate on this bill, sponsors and supporters have represented that it has no relation to Islam. Therefore, we were troubled by yesterday’s news reports that the Senate Sponsor’s office was distributing materials about the purported threat of Sharia law (Islamic law) to America’s judicial system.
Rabbi Jon Housman, knowledgeable about the differences between Jewish Halacha and Shariah, disagreed with the ADL stance.Â He noted that:
No jurisdiction recognizes the efficacy of a Get to dissolve a marriage, legal dissolution of which is controlled by State statute in every State and Territory of the US.
We noted inÂ our postÂ about the cozy relationship between Ahmed Bedier of UVA and the ADL on the eve of the Florida bill’s demise.
The ADL touts itself as “the 911 of the Jewish community,” claiming to protect the interests of Jewish-Americans. As can be gathered from its frequent fund raising solicitations, the ADL relies on the support of Jewish-Americans who wish to help fight against anti-Semitism and support the U.S.-Israel relationship. Yet there is a dark side to this organization that its leadership is careful to cover up. The truth is that the Anti-Defamation League quietly carries out a political agenda that assists the efforts of Islamic radicals and works against the safety of Jews, Israel and America itself.
The long term national executive director of the ADL, Abe Foxman, hasaccusedÂ the author of ALAC, David Yerushalmi, Esq. of being an “extremist” and “racist bigot”.
Under Foxman’s direction the ADL created theÂ Interfaith Coalition on Mosques in 2010Â in the wake of the Ground Zero Mosque protests in Manhattan. The ICOM filed an amicus brief in the controversial hearings held by the Rutherford County Chancery Court into the expansion of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro (ICM), Tennessee trumpeting such Mega-Mosque projects under the Religious Land Use and Institutional Persons Act of 2000. Note the bizarre comment of the ADL Civil Rights representative as regards the revelations by Steven Emerson of The Investigative Project on Terrorism and others. They found on a member of the ICM board’s MySpace Page support for Hamas, a foreign terrorist group designated by the State Department.
Deborah Lauter, director of civil rights for the ADL, which sponsors a newly-formed ICOMÂ is one of those who maintain that political preference of an ICM board member Mosaad RawashÂ who supported Palestinian terrorist group Hamas Â was Â irrelevant.
Lauter allegedly told theÂ Los Angeles TimesÂ that if all the members of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro were public cheerleaders for Hamas, it would still be illegal to discriminate against them because the First Amendment protects freedom of worship.
There is irony in the alliance between the Muslim Brotherhood and the ADL in undermining the constructive Florida American Law for American Courts legislation. Â Â The purported Jewish defense group is betraying the State of Israel by allying itself with CAIR, a Muslim Brotherhood front that was founded as an affiliate of Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood in Palestine.Â Let’s see how Messrs. Rosenkranz and Foxman rationalize their role in perpetrating this ‘shariah victory’ as defense of freedom to worship.