The Man Behind the Sharia Hysteria

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.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, Yerushalmi is associated with a virtual “who’s who” of anti-Muslims hysterics and hate groups around the country, including Pamela Geller, head of Stop Islamization of America (SIOA). (Remember her?) Yerushalmi crafted his model anti-Sharia legislation for the right-wing group American Public Policy Alliance. Legislatures in Texas and other states around the country have been considering anti-Sharia bills based on that model.

An ADL factsheet provides some insight into the bigotry that feeds Yerushalmi’s work:

Yerushalmi has not only actively promoted his conspiratorial vision of Shari’a law, but has also sought to portray all Muslims as a threat. In one March 2006 article, for example, Yerushalmi even went so far as to claim that “Muslim civilization is at war with Judeo-Christian civilization…The Muslim peoples, those committed to Islam as we know it today, are our enemies.”

That same year, Yerushalmi founded the Society of Americans for National Existence (SANE), a “think tank” that has published anti-Muslim, anti-immigration and anti-black materials, as well as New World Order-style conspiracy theories. In 2007, SANE, declaring itself “dedicated to the rejection of democracy and party rule and a return to a constitutional republic [of the original founders of the US],” launched a campaign fueled by suspicion of all Muslims.

As ADL notes, Yerushalmi’s bigotry has targeted more than just Muslims over the years:

He also contended that African-Americans are a “relatively murderous race killing itself.” For Yerushalmi it was obvious: “If evolution and the biologists who espouse the theory are correct, then the idea that racial differences included innate differences in character and intelligence would[,] it seem[,] be more likely than not.”

Mother Jones magazine also explores Yerushalmi’s bigotry:

In a 2006 essay for SANE entitled On Race: A Tentative Discussion, Yerushalmi argued that whites are genetically superior to blacks. “Some races perform better in sports, some better in mathematical problem solving, some better in language, some better in Western societies and some better in tribal ones,” he wrote.

Yerushalmi has suggested that Caucasians are inherently more receptive to republican forms of government than blacks—an argument that’s consistent with SANE’s mission statement, which emphasizes that “America was the handiwork of faithful Christians, mostly men, and almost entirely white.” And in an article published at the website Intellectual Conservative, Yerushalmi, who is Jewish, suggests that liberal Jews “destroy their host nations like a fatal parasite.” Unsurprisingly, then, Yerushalmi offered the lone Jewish defense of Mel Gibson, after the actor’s anti-Semitic tirade in 2006. Gibson, he wrote, was simply noting the “undeniable Jewish liberal influence on western affairs in the direction of a World State.”

We wonder whether the authors of the two Sharia bills in Texas — state Rep. Leo Berman (HB 911) and state Rep. Randy Weber (HB 3027) — realize they are working with bigots and hate groups. What do you think?

4 thoughts on “The Man Behind the Sharia Hysteria

  1. In answer to the last question, I don’t think that Reps Berman know–or care–that they working with bigots or hate groups. from what I have read lately, I don’t think most of those interferring in our lives in Austin have the sense God gave a peanut.

  2. Yarushalmi’s plan for the Final Solution of the Islam problem is tied to the Orthodoz view that Greater Israel must be united as the Jewish Heimat. Peculiar alignment to assert that what’s good for the Nazi is good for the Jew, turnabout being fair play. Absent the “whereas” clauses which never wind up in law or resolution the proposed Anti-Shari’a Resolution is Resolved that: (at bottom of page):


    [1] A “Shari’a-adherent” shall be defined as any person who adheres to Shari’a or acts in support of the adherence to Shari’a or who makes any written or oral declaration in support of the adherence to Shari’a.

    [2] “Adherence to Shari’a” shall be defined as any act, including any written or oral declaration, in support of Shari’a or in furtherance of the imposition of Shari’a within any territory of the United States of America. “Territory of the United States of America” shall be defined as any territory under the civilian or military control or governance of personnel acting for and on behalf of the US Government.

    [3] “Shari’a” shall be defined as the set of rules, precepts, instructions, or edicts which are said to emanate directly or indirectly from the god of Allah or the prophet Mohammed and which include directly or indirectly the encouragement of any person to support the abrogation, destruction, or violation of the US Constitution or the destruction of the national existence of the United States of America, and which includes among other methods to achieve these ends, the real possibility of imminent violence. Any rule, precept, instruction, or edict arising directly from the extant rulings of any of the five authoritative schools of Islamic jurisprudence (the Hanafi, the Maliki, the Shafi’i, the Hanbali, the Ja’afariya, or Salafi school or fiqh) is prima facie Shari’a without any further evidentiary showing.

    [4] It shall be a felony punishable by 20 years in prison to knowingly act in furtherance of, or to support the, adherence to Shari’a.

    [5] The President of the United States of America shall immediately declare that all non-US citizen Shari’a-adherents are Alien Enemies under Chapter 3 of Title 50 of the US Code and shall be subject to immediate deportation.

    [6] No Shari’a-adherent shall be granted an entry visa into the United States of America. Anyone seeking an entry visa into the United States of America from any country or regime which advocates or implements Shari’a bears the burden to establish evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that he/she is not a Shari’a-adherent.

    ——-END RESOLVED———–

    Not withstanding that any belief structure at odds wth whomever could be cut and pasted into this recommendation for effective damnation, this Final Solution would create serious internal problems with people of all faiths who take exception to such Final Solutions. Riots, disorder, civil war, cats and dogs living together, real biblical wrath of god stuff (Ghost Busters)

    The foreign policy ramifications of the Final Solution to the Islam problem is it’s connetion with the creation of Greater Israel which creation is the kick off for the Rapture followed by the Tribulation and the Second Coming. The state of Israel takes advantage of the Rapture Ready for the security of the state. They are willing to overlook the proviso of the Rapturite thesis that all Jews go to Hell half way throught the Tribulation, save for 144,000 who convert. Thier view of the Second Coming is that is most certainly in their view is that it is the first and onlycoming of the Messiah.

    Due to the extreme pressure on American military promotion management rotations and expeditions, any future involvement in the Final Solution carried to the home of the Zombie Muslim would open the back door of Islam to reconquest of the oil fields by the second coming of Admiral Zheng He and the outpouring of the Han from the Gansu corridor. Such event is predicted in Rapturite dogma, although the current Rapture Index may not be ready.
    in accordance with prophecy:

    OBTW: LTG Boykin listed on the credit page of the Team B report was reprimanded lightly for his pro-rapture pronouncements in church while still in uniform.

  3. Actually, Suzy Q.

    I think they just shrug clueless, and say “Aw, what the heck. I’ll vote for it. It couldn’t really do any harm.” Really, I think that is what they do.

    Recently, for the first time ever in my life, I have had some “interactions” with a local state representative that lives here in my town and another one that lives in another town. Remember your Uncle Fred? You know. He’s the one that would have one too many drinks at the party, grab a lamp shade, and pretend to be a lamp. A lot of these people are just Uncle Fred, which is why this crap goes on. I know the voters might have hoped for better, but it’s really just some local guy that convinced a bunch of people to vote for him. He’s as doofus as your golden retriever. When you realize that, it puts all of this nonsense into perspective.

  4. The Religious Right believe that the separation of Church and State is a myth, but that Sharia law has no separation of church and state. All they need to do is look in the mirror. Their fear of Sharia law is what they have been trying to do themselves for years. There is no separation between the Religious Right and Sharia law.