Is the hateful rhetoric surrounding the anti-Sharia hysteria we've been reporting about filtering down into our public schools? A Houston television station reports that a local high school teacher has been put on administrative leave after he allegedly told a Muslim student "I bet you're grieving" because of the death of Osama bin Laden. The parent of another student talked about the incident: Read More

As we have reported, an Arizona attorney and white supremacist who traffics in anti-Muslim and anti-black bigotry created the model legislation for House Bill 911, an anti-Sharia bill that passed the Texas House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee last week. And who is supporting HB 911? One supporter testifying in favor of state Rep. Leo Berman's bill during the Texas House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee hearing on April 4 described herself as a "national member of ACT! For America." ACT! describes itself as providing "American citizens a means to be a collective voice for the democratic values of Western Civilization, such as the celebration of life and liberty, as opposed to the authoritarian values of radical Islam, such as the celebration of death, terror and tyranny." In truth, ACT! works overtime to smear all Muslims as "radicals" and "militants." Read More

So who is really behind House Bill 911, the proposed Texas legislation that supporters say will stop the mythical threat of Sharia law from being imposed on Texas? As we've said before, scratch the surface of the anti-Muslim hate and hysteria promoted by far-right pressure groups in this country and you'll sniff the familiar stench of bigotry. The House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee unanimously passed HB 911 last week. At the committee's April 4 public hearing on that bill, an attorney told lawmakers that he had helped develop the model policy on which those Texas bills were based. And with whom did he work on the so-called "American Laws for American Courts" model? David Yerushalmi -- an Arizona attorney and white supremacist who traffics in anti-Muslim and anti-black bigotry and is one of the biggest promoters of Sharia hysteria in America. Read More

by Jose Medina

Terry Jones has popped up again getting another hit of his addiction: media attention. Jones, the controversial pastor from a small church in Florida who threatened to burn the Quran, then didn't, and then did, is in the press again for a protest he planned for today -- one of the holiest days in Christianity -- in front of the largest mosque in the country in Dearborn, Mich., in what is a continuation of his fight against what he calls the evil that is Islam. Read More

by Ryan

Late Monday evening, the Texas House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee voted unanimously to pass House Bill 911 by Rep. Leo Berman, R-Tyler, a statute that purports to bar Texas courts from applying “foreign laws,” but is really about responding the paranoid fears and biases of those who claim Sharia law is going to "take over the country" (as one of the bill's supporters testified in committee). To be clear, every single member of the committee (with one member absent) voted to pass this bill, despite the fact that no one is aware of any legitimate problems the bill will address. Read More

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