SEE: Anti-Muslim Rally Hurts Michigan (TheReligiousLeft.org)
We, the undersigned organizations, voice concern over the planned "Anti-Sharia Rally" this Thursday by Michigan State Representative Dave Agema (R-Grandville) at the state capital in Lansing.
Agema, who introduced last year the Restriction of Application of Foreign Laws Act, also dubbed the Anti-Sharia Act, was unsuccessful in getting his bill out of the Michigan House Judiciary Committee. The stated purpose of Agema's rally is to garner support from his colleagues as well as public opinion to move the bill to the House floor for vote.
SEE: Anti-Sharia Rally Planned At State Capital This Week (MichiganPublic Radio)
All who reside in Michigan have the fundamental right to practice their sincerely held, bona fide religious beliefs, as long as those do not violate the U.S. and Michigan constitutions and laws. Agema's bill could not only adversely affect Michigan Muslims, but also followers of other religions, including Judaism and Christianity, for whom courts routinely order reasonable accommodations for the observance of religious laws.
Moreover, it is our position that Michigan should be perceived as a state welcoming to all, irrespective of religious affiliation. Agema's rhetoric pertaining to this bill, which has focused on Muslims, stands outside of the core message of inclusion that we promote.
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee - Michigan (ADC-MI)
Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS)
Council on American-Islamic Relations - Michigan (CAIR-MI)
Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice (ICPJ)
Jewish Voice for Peace - Detroit (JVP - Detroit)
National Action Network - Detroit (NAN - Detroit)