Posted by on August 01, 2011 in Blog

This weekend, Andrea Elliot of The New York Times profiled David Yerushalmi, the man quietly behind the nationwide anti-shariah movement that has sparked national debate and infiltrated state and federal campaigns. According to Eliot, Mr. Yerushalmi has had a profound influence in the drafting of legislation in several states that “recently swept through the country — all with the effect of casting Shariah as one of the greatest threats to American freedom since the cold war.” Elliot's article provides excellent insight into a movement that has influenced policymakers of all levels, from state legislators to GOP presidential candidates, including “Newt Gingrich and Michele Bachmann, who this month signed a pledge to reject Islamic law, likening it to “totalitarian control.”

Here's an excerpt from Elliot's article: "The Man Behind the Anti-Shariah Movement":

"A confluence of factors has fueled the anti-Shariah movement, most notably the controversy over the proposed Islamic center near ground zero in New York, concerns about homegrown terrorism and the rise of the Tea Party. But the campaign’s air of grass-roots spontaneity, which has been carefully promoted by advocates, shrouds its more deliberate origins.

In fact, it is the product of an orchestrated drive that began five years ago in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, in the office of a little-known lawyer, David Yerushalmi, a 56-year-old Hasidic Jew with a history of controversial statements about race, immigration and Islam. Despite his lack of formal training in Islamic law, Mr. Yerushalmi has come to exercise a striking influence over American public discourse about Shariah.

Working with a cadre of conservative public-policy institutes and former military and intelligence officials, Mr. Yerushalmi has written privately financed reports, filed lawsuits against the government and drafted the model legislation that recently swept through the country — all with the effect of casting Shariah as one of the greatest threats to American freedom since the cold war."

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