The tn Council 4 political justice website has 30+ posts exposing what is going on in Tennessee government. Here’s just a sample. via Newsletter #28 – TN American Muslim Advisory Council trains at TN Department of Children’s Services
Governor Haslam brings Shariah to the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services
That makes 3 so far….
Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security
in partnership with the TN American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) to help train law enforcement and safety personnel
Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
appointment of Shariah Compliant Finance Specialist, Samar Ali, as International Director
Tennessee Department of Children’s Services
AMAC invited by the Department to provide training
If you still have any doubt about the direction Governor Haslam is taking Tennessee, consider the attachment. AMAC spoke to the TN Dept of Children’s services in May
Newsletter #15 presented parts of the presentation that the AMAC made during a training for law enforcement and safety personnel sponsored in part by the TN Department of Homeland Security. The AMAC’s message had an interesting duality; on the one hand, they asserted cultural and religious differences which demand special and separate treatment from public and private entities, and on the other hand, they asserted that they are no different than any other American in terms of their values and the ideals to which they ascribe.
Assertions of this nature reflect precisely the platform of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the leading global proponent of Shariah law. Insisting that Muslims would be violating Islamic law, they could not sign onto the Universal Declaration of Human Rights because it was fashioned on Western values (ie, Judeo-Christian)? This necessitated adopting (in 1990), the separate Cairo Declaration of Human Rights in Islam, which is based on Shariah. Does that mean that “universal” means “separate but equal”?
As Governor Haslam continues to raise the profile and elevate the political status of Islamists in Tennessee, consider what this will mean when he pushes for school vouchers (aka “Equal Opportunity Scholarships”) when the Tennessee General Assembly reconvenes in 2013.
The AMAC says that among other things, it promotes religious freedom which is why they recently spoke out in support of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro. The Governor has already added a representative from the Catholic Dioceses to the school voucher task force; expect that the AMAC will also want Tennessee’s Islamic schools to get their share of public money.
And so far, Governor Haslam has met all of their demands.
The site gives some great practical advise as well in Newsletter #32 – What Even One Person Can Do
“…the power of one – one idea, one heart, one mind, one plan, one determination.” (The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay)
One person can join with another and another, to speak up even in the face of being called a bigot, a racist, a xenophobe or a neo-McCarthyite and present the documented FACTS. One person can pass on reliable, documentable FACTS.
Facts are the key and facts have context. For example, when looked at in the context of the following timeline, it is logical that individuals and groups in Tennessee would question the Governor’s actions and intentions. (Note also that all responses from the Governor’s office have only addressed the Ali appointment avoiding any reference or answers about the TN Department of Homeland Security’s (TN DHS) partnership with the TN American Muslim Advisory Council.)
2011 Legislative session – anti-terrorism bill introduced based on the Carlos Bledsoe case (Memphis man who shot and killed Pvt. Andrew Long at the Little Rock Army recruiting center.)
June, 2011 – picture emerges confirming that the Muslim Rapid Response Team (which morphed into the TN American Muslim Advisory Council) had been working behind the scenes during the legislative session with TN DHS James Cotter. This was the group that had formed to lobby against the anti-terrorism bill.
November 2011 – Commissioner Bill Gibbons (TN Department of Safety and Homeland Security), sends congratulatory letter to the AMAC members for organizing along with the Governor- approved partnership with TN DHS.
December 2011 – AMAC partners with the TN DHS to do first law enforcement training.
2012 legislative session – Commissioner Gibbons, testifies in support of an administration bill permitting the TN DHS to enter into partnership agreements with private non-profit organizations like the AMAC.
February 2012 – AMAC partners again with TN DHS for law enforcement training; TN DHS refuses to disclose any information about the AMAC.
May 2012 – Governor vetoes bill that would have protected Christian student organizations at Vanderbilt and state universities.
May 2012 – Governor approves appointment of Shariah Compliant Finance specialist Samar Ali as ECD International Director.
May 2012 – AMAC trains TN Dept of Children’s Services.
These are facts, nothing but facts.
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