Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Where There Is No Religious Liberty: Defending Americans from Sharia Law

Dawud Walid, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI)

On January 26 of this year, the Allegan County Police in Allegan, Michigan shut down a seminar at the local high school on the topic of  “Constituting Michigan – Founding Principles Act.” The purpose of the event was to inform the public about the importance of honoring the U.S. Constitution, to recognize the internal threat to America posed by radical Muslims and the potential danger to American society by advocates of  Sharia law as a source of U.S. jurisprudence.

The police raid on the school gathering came as the result of a letter to school officials complaining about the event from Dawud Walid, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI).  The letter asked the school to disallow the event despite an existing contract.  Read more about Walid here.

As a result, the Thomas More Law Center (TMLC), a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, announced April 29 that the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR- MI), its Executive Director, the City of Allegan, theAllegan Police Department and the School District were named as defendants in a thirty-four page civil rights lawsuit filed in the Federal District Court for the Western District of Michigan. The suit claims included constitutional and contract violations. [read the federal complaint here]

Richard Thompson, president and chief counsel of the Law Center commented, “It’s amazing how much clout CAIR has with the political establishment of both parties in Lansing and throughout Michigan and the nation.  This, despite the fact that CAIR has its roots in the Muslim Brotherhood, was listed as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial, and the FBI’s  former chief of counterterrorism, noted that CAIR, its leaders, and its activities effectively give aid to international terrorist groups."

Continued Thompson, “Press accounts make it clear that an indictment naming CAIR as a defendant in the Holy Land Foundation trial was squelched by Attorney General Holder’s office despite vehement objections by FBI agents and the federal prosecutors in Dallas.”

TMLC’s federal lawsuit was brought on behalf of State Representative David Agema; a chapter leader of ACT! for America, Elizabeth Griffin; Allegan County Commissioner, Willis Sage; and Mark Gurley, one of the event sponsors.

Footnote: CAIR booster in Congress

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