Michigan: Anti-Islam law denied

Last week, Muslims nationwide were urged to take action against HB 4769, better known as the Anti-Islam Legislation.

State Legislator Dave Agema, a Republican from Michigan, was the state representative behind this bill, and actively pushing for it to pass during Michigan’s lame duck session.

CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, had their state-wide chapters calling on “all people of conscience” to urge their state governors “to veto the biased bill which is among those that seek to impose government-sanctioned discrimination on followers of a minority faith.”

Bill HB 4769 was officially denied Monday. “We welcome the decision of the MI GOP House leadership for not bringing to the floor for vote the so-called ‘anti-Sharia bill’ against the wishes of one of its own influential party members,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid.

Rep. Agema, who has a history of making controversial comments relating to Muslims, recently stated, “We have the largest concentration of Muslims in the state in the Dearborn area. I know we have (sleeper) cells there. That is what I really want to get at.”

Rep. Agema is known to not back down from such comments. In an interview with the Grand Rapids Press, in his explanation of why he feels the bill is important, he said, “They (Muslims) want specific laws applied to their specific groups … They do not want to be under our law.”

Though Agema is term limited and will not be able to formally re-introduce this or any such legislation in the future, he was however voted this year to serve as the Republican National Committeeman for Michigan.

“We hope that the MI GOP will continue to eschew any anti-Islam and anti-immigrant views while Agema serves as National Committeeman for their party,” said Walid.

Muslim Observer, 20 December 2012