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Florida religious leaders condemn 'anti-Sharia' bill
by Brittany Davis
An imam, a rabbi and a pastor walked into Senate President Mike Haridopolos' office Wednesday with two demands: Withdraw the foreign law bill they say targets Muslims, and investigate who is behind anti-Muslim booklets and flyers circulating the Senate.
Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, presiding over a long-running Senate session, did not engage the clergy or the 20 Muslims, Christians and Jews who carpooled from around the state to protest together. The group organized after reading about the anti-Muslim booklets and flyers.
At issue is a booklet Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, delivered to fellow senators called Shari'ah Law: Radical Islam's threat to the U.S. Constitution. Hays, sponsor of SB 1360, said he gave out the booklet to educate his peers and influence the votes on a bill that would void marriage, divorce and custody contracts grounded in foreign law. The measure passed the House and is scheduled for a Thursday Senate hearing.
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