Thanks God , what an amazing victory

Anti-Sharia Bill Dies in Senate!

Interfaith Opposition to un-American SB 1360 pays off.

The Tampa Bay Times Reports today that Ant-Islam Senate Bill 1360 died in the Senate! CAIR Florida monitored the session until the last minute and has confirmed that this is true and the Senate closed today without passing SB 1360!

“This is a great success not only for the Muslim community, but for all Americans who believe in the Constitutional protections of Freedom of Religion.” Said CAIR-Tampa executive director, Hassan Shibly. “This sends a strong message that we will not tolerate legislation intended to demonize, attack, and marginalize religious minorities in America. Our victory tonight is a great example of how the interfaith and civil rights community united can make a positive difference for all Americans.”

On Wednesday, CAIR Florida held a press conference denouncing SB 1360 with several leading interfaith and civil rights leaders. The press conference was planned after CAIR Florida learned that the sponsor of SB 1360, Senator Alan Hays was passing around anti-Muslim literature in the Florida Senate.

The outrageous anti-Muslim literature passed out by Senator Hays prompted the Tampa Bay Times to publish an editorial decrying Senator Hays’ anti-Muslim tactics. Earlier this week CAIR met with over 100 congressional offices in DC to support national legislation that would protect the rights of all Americans and end religious profiling. Meanwhile, interfaith groups met with the Florida Senate in Tallahassee to voice their opposition to SB 1360. CAIR Florida congratulates the Florida Muslim community and the multiple Muslim organizations for uniting and mobilizing against this bill and making their voices heard.

We would also like to thank in particular our interfaith and civil rights partners that helped make this victory possible. CAIR will continue to monitor the legislator to ensure that no other anti-Muslim or anti-freedom bills are introduced and will be ready to mobilize the community or take legal action to protect the Bill of Rights if needed. Today’s victory shows the importance of working together, being involved, and not letting down our guard. 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.

Contact: CAIR-Tampa Executive Director Hassan Shibly: 813-541-4321, hshibly@cair.com

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