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Panel votes down 'smokescreen to target Muslims'
by Dana Ferguson
A South Dakota committee unanimously voted down a resolution that would have required government agencies to cut ties — if any exist — with the country's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy group.
The Senate State Affairs Committee on Wednesday night rejected Senate Concurrent Resolution 7, which would have called for state government and law enforcement officials to suspend and avoid communication with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
Muslim South Dakotans, representatives from other faith groups and the head of the state's fraternal order of police said the resolution was discriminatory while its sponsor said it would help reduce the risk of terrorism.
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