Hate Watch - Anti-Sharia Law Bills in the United States
The Southern Poverty Law Center has tracked the progress of the unnecessary and clearly unconstitutional anti sharia legislation that the anti Muslim “Counter Jihad” has managed to pass. Keep in mind that these laws are probably in many if not most cases being proposed by law makers who also proposed laws to allow people to discriminate against gay people based on their religious beliefs, and dream of being able to overturn Obergefell v. Hodges, and ban gay marriage, because the Bible says that homosexuality is a “sin.” In the end, this isn’t really about freedom or America’s secular values. Its about demonizing a religious minority and protecting us from a non existent threat, all while ignoring real threats to our freedom. According to Swathi Shanmugasundaram,
One hundred twenty anti-Sharia law bills have been introduced in 42 states since 2010. This year alone, 13 states have introduced an anti-Sharia law bill, with Texas and Arkansas enacting the legislation.
One of the most successful far-right conspiracies to achieve mainstream viability, the mass hysteria surrounding a so-called threat of Sharia law in the United States is largely the work of anti-Muslim groups such as the American Freedom Law Center and ACT for America (ACT), an SPLC-designated hate group. In June, so-called anti-Sharia rallies organized by ACT were held across the country and attracted white nationalists, armed right-wing militias and even neo-Nazis.