The Tampa Bay Times on Mar 15 reported that Anti-Islam Senate Bill SB 1360 died in the Senate. Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), America’s largest Muslim Civil Liberties Advocacy Organisation, monitored the session until the last minute and has confirmed that this is true and the Senate closed without passing SB 1360. “This is a great success not only for the Muslim community, but for all Americans who believe in the Constitutional protections of Freedom of Religion,” Said CAIR-Tampa executive director, Hassan Shibly. “This sends a strong message that we will not tolerate legislation intended to demonise, attack, and marginalise religious minorities in America. Our victory tonight is a great example of how the interfaith and civil rights community united can make a positive difference for all Americans.”
A day earlier, CAIR Florida had held a press conference denouncing SB 1360 with several leading interfaith and civil rights leaders. The press conference was planned after CAIR Florida learned that the sponsor of SB 1360, Senator Alan Hays was passing around anti-Muslim literature in the Florida Senate. The outrageous anti-Muslim literature passed out by Senator Hays prompted the Tampa Bay Times to publish an editorial decrying Senator Hays’ anti-Muslim tactics.