Hamas-linked CAIR noted that the plank appears to be modeled on dozens of bills introduced in state legislatures nationwide based on draft legislation promoted by David Yerushalmi,
an “infamous Islamophobe” a highly-respected and successful attorney whose non-profit legal firm is valiantly fighting against the Islamization of America.
CAIR On Tuesday, the anti-Islam plank was adopted without argument or debate during a meeting of the Republican Party’s platform committee. The policy statement was introduced by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, an anti-immigration activist who also wrote Arizona’s controversial SB 1070 “papers please” law.
Kobach told the platform committee: “I’m not aware of any court that’s actually accepted the argument, but in cases involving either spousal abuse or assault or other crimes against persons, sometimes defenses are raised that are based in Sharia Law. We actually put a provision to this effect in Kansas statute this year and I think it’s important to say that foreign sources of law should not be used as part of common law decisions or statutory interpretation by judges in the lower state courts as well.”
The Kansas law Kobach spoke of at the platform committee meeting, which CAIR challenged as unconstitutional and discriminatory, was derived from Yerushalmi’s template and legislator’s in that state acknowledged that the bill targeted Muslims.
Of that bill, Sen. Chris Steineger, a Kansas City Republican, said: “[T]his was not presented as protecting the Kansas Constitution. The proponents of this measure, clearly by the literature they gave me and by the video link they directed me to, they presented this as protecting us against Sharia law. Despite the fact that this doesn’t mention Sharia, that’s how this whole issue was presented.”
“This plank is part of a nationwide trend to marginalize Muslims and keep them from having the same rights and access to the courts as Americans of other faiths,” said CAIR Government Affairs Coordinator Robert McCaw. “The plank is irrelevant, since the Constitution’s Supremacy Clause ensures that no foreign law can replace it, and only serves as a smoke-screen for anti-Muslim bigotry.”
Yerushalmi from the AMERICAN FREEDOM LAW CENTER serves as general counsel for Frank Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy and for Stop the Madrassa, an anti-Muslim group in New York City. He has acted as legal counsel for Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer’s group, Stop the Islamization of America.
Yerushalmi founded the Society of Americans for National Existence (SANE), a hate group which once proposed a policy attempting to make “adherence to Islam” punishable by a 20-year jail term. Yerushalmi authored and has been influential in advancing “American Laws for American Courts,” a template legislation which has been introduced in state legislatures across the nation in an effort to target Islamic religious practices.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) named Yerushalmi a member of the “anti-Muslim inner circle.” (BNI is also a proud member of this circle)
Ezra Levant interviews David Yerushalmi on the Kansas legislation