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CAIR Calls Gingrich ‘Relic of an Ugly Era’ over Shariah Law Criticism

Posted Jan 19, 2012 8:20 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The Council of American Islamic Relations is blasting Newt Gingrich for saying he would not back a Muslim for president unless the candidate renounces Shariah law.

Gingrich made his remarks Tuesday during a town hall appearance in South Carolina, according to Fox News and the Huffington Post.

Asked if he would ever endorse a Muslim for president, Gingrich replied: "It would depend entirely on whether they would commit in public to give up Shariah. … A truly modern person who happened to worship Allah would not be a threat. A person who belonged to any kind of belief in Shariah, any effort to impose it on the rest of us, would be a mortal threat.”

Gingrich said he would support a federal law pre-empting the use of Shariah law in court.

CAIR legislative director Corey Sayolor said in a statement that Gingrich’s vision of America segregates citizens by faith. "The time for bias in American politics has passed, and Newt Gingrich looks like a relic of an ugly era," he said.


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