What Exactly Would the Proposed Tennessee Anti-Shariah Bill Do?
So, a few days ago I received an e-mail from Dave Reaboi of Big Peace asking me to help get the word out about Tennessee's proposed Material Support to Designated Entities Act of 2011 legislation.
Pressure by a Red-Green alliance (a coalition of ideology and convenience of far-left groups like the ACLU, Soros-funded extremist blogs like Mother Jones and ThinkProgress, and Islamist Muslim Brotherhood-linked pressure groups like the Muslim Public Affairs Council and CAIR) to defeat the bill has been fierce and growing. Willingly influenced by misleading propaganda, the Associated Press ran a headline on the bill, incorrectly reporting it “would make following Shariah a felony.” In the article, AP reporter Lucas L. Johnson II claims the bill’s focus on the Shariah law of jihad “represents the boldest legislative attempt yet to limit how Muslims worship.”
Amplified by the far-left, the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)—unindicted co-conspirators in the largest terrorist funding trial in US history—have launched a media campaign to distort the law and defame its author, Center for Security Policy General Counsel David Yerushalmi.
I wrote back and said, "Hey Dave, get the word out yourself. Come join Ricochet." Ricochet, please welcome our new member Dave Reaboi, who's here today--and I hope tomorrow--to join the conversation. (The bonus of this story is the big gossipy dust-up between Dave and Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo, but Dave, you're not allowed to call anyone a "classless hack" on Ricochet; our Code of Conduct forbids it.)
Now, to the subject at hand. Dave, what I don't fully understand about this legislation is what, precisely, it criminalizes that wasn't illegal before. Is it not already illegal to provide material support to designated terrorist groups? What does this bill actually do besides make its sponsors sound tough?
The floor's all yours.