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Anti-Sharia Activists Split on Perry
by Alana Goodman
Last week, Salon's Justin Elliott highlighted Rick Perry's ties to the Aga Khan, the leader of the Ismaili sect of Shia Islam, and predicted the relationship could rile up the conservative anti-Shariah movement, potentially becoming an obstacle to Perry's bid.
"That's a partnership that has already prompted a bit of grumbling in far-right corners of the blogosphere and could conceivably become a primary issue if, as expected, Perry enters the presidential race," wrote Elliott, in an article provocatively titled "Rick Perry: The Pro-Shariah Candidate?" But at least one prominent member of the anti-Sharia movement is laughing off the suggestion Perry's friendship with the Aga Khan is a major cause for concern.
In an email, Center for Security Policy spokesperson Dave Reaboi dismissed Elliott's article as a cynical and futile attempt to provoke anti-Sharia conservatives over a non-issue:
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