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A Florida Megachurch Pastor's Islamist Associations
by Ryan Mauro
Pastor Joel C. Hunter of Florida's Northland Church is under fire for his stance against the state's proposed legislation based on American Laws for American Courts. He chose a peculiar individual to help make his case: Atif Fareed, former chairman of the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Florida.
The influence of Pastor Hunter is not to be dismissed. His church's congregation numbers around 15,000 and he sits on the boards of the National Association of Evangelicals and the World Evangelical Alliance. He has served on President Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and remains a "spiritual advisor" to him.
Hunter opposes the legislation, which is designed to stop foreign law from superseding American law, because he sees it as an "unnecessary law that increases bias and heightens animosity between Christians and Muslims." Although it is often described as "anti-Shariah" legislation, it doesn't mention Shariah or Islam. It is focused on all foreign law.
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