By Joshua Sharf, Originally published in The Daily Caller
The Louisiana State House of Representatives passed a non-binding resolution calling on all state law enforcement agencies to avoid and suspend formal contacts and outreach with the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
The vote, taken last Friday, was 63-18 with 24 abstentions, and it passed with broad bipartisan support, and 17 Democrats and one Republican voting against.
The bill’s language and intent mirror the FBI’s suspension of formal relationships with CAIR following the organization’s listing as an un-indicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation case. In that case, several American Muslim organizations involved with the Holy Land Foundation were discovered to be funneling money to Hamas in violation of U.S. law.
According to sponsor Rep. Barry Ivey, it was important that the state go on record as not viewing CAIR as an appropriate liaison to the state’s Muslim community, while stressing that the resolution was not intended to stigmatize that community or the legitimate advocacy work that CAIR does.