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GOP Bill Targets Nonexistent “No-Go Zones”

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The no-go zones garbage is spreading into legislative action.

via. OnIslam

CAIRO – A new proposed legislation, banning nonexistent Muslim “No-Go Zones”, has been furiously rejected by Tennessean Muslim community, saying it is motivated by Islamophobic allegations spread by Fox news.

“The whole fantastical notion of a no-go zone, which has been disproven by even Fox News, is almost gospel on the right wing of the political spectrum now,” Ibrahim Hooper, director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), told The Huffington Post after likening the zones to unicorns.

“It’s just utter nonsense but, [as] with so much in the Islamophobia industry in the United States … it passes for statesmanship in the current climate.”

The whole problem erupted last January when a pundit on Fox News claimed that there were neighborhoods in France and the United Kingdom that had been taken over by Muslims and were off-limits to others.

The claim, which turned out to be false, forced the network to apologize.

Yet, the line was taken last month by Tennessee state Rep. Susan Lynn (R) and state Sen. Bill Ketron (R) introduced legislation in the House and Senate aimed at ridding the state of no-go zones.

The claimed zones are described in the bills as, “contiguous geographical area[s] consisting of public space or privately owned public space where community organizing efforts systematically intimidate or exclude the general public or public workers from entering or being present within the area.”

Reacting to the bill, Robert McCaw, CAIR’s government affairs manager, recently wrote a letter to leading lawmakers in the Tennessee General Assembly, asking them to abandon the legislation.

Though the bill does not explicitly target or single out any particular group, Lynn claimed that some constituents have expressed feelings of discomfort when in areas they consider sketchy.

“And as you know, when there’s activity happening where people sort of feel intimidated, there’s not exactly a sign up on the wall,” Lynn told The Tennessean. “But it’s just an overall feeling of intimidation.”

Absurd

Muslim leaders rejected Republican representatives’ claims as absurd.

“It’s all just a smoke screen for anti-Muslim bigotry,” Hooper said.

“It’s all part of the Islamophobia machine’s campaign to demonize Islam and marginalize American Muslims. And anything that contributes to that marginalization is okay with them — no matter how fantastical it is.”

Hedy Weinberg, executive director of Tennessee’s American Civil Liberties Union, shared a similar opinion.

He said the new bill was a mere attempt to subject the state’s Muslim population to unwarranted discrimination.

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  • Amie

    ISIS has its own definition of who a Muslim is. Majority of the Muslim world/ordinary people, religious leadership and scholars disagree with ISIS’ definition of who a Muslim is. They have killed many Muslims too.

  • Amie

    We Americans are aghast at the blasphemy laws in places like Pakistan, but it seems such are lurking in the U.S. as well, only in a different manner. Laws such as ‘Sharia ban’ and now ‘no-go zones ban’ are just fueling fear of non-Muslim Americans of their American Muslim neighbors, while ensuring that there are secure laws in the country to eventually ban Islam all together. While I understand that the U.S. is not a Muslim nation, it has its laws and Constitution, and it is only natural and 100% full right to protect its law of the land. But why all these ridiculous bans? I know that there might be some American Muslims (or rather naturalized citizens) who tend to be trying to change things. They should be taken to court promptly if they do not abide by the constitutional laws–no problem. But, when one looks at the core issue here: it is not about those extremists. Muslim Americans make up a small percentage of the U.S. population, and the extremists even smaller. I think that the purpose of these anti-Sharia/no-go zones laws is something else: to create anti-blasphemy laws in the U.S. Maybe I am crazy, but is anyone else seeing this?

  • Trimmercastle42

    People still believe in the “No-go Zone” none sense because it easier to believe what a guy in an expensive suit tells you.
    They know it wrong and has no basis in reality, but as long as they can get people to vote for them and keep them in office then “Screw the facts”

  • Dimension

    ISIS or ISIL also have no-go zones. If you’re Jew, Christian or any other religion except Muslims as per the authorization and intellect of the great council of ISIS then, you’re likely to be beheaded. I say Muslims also as they have to prove them being the real Muslims as per the terms of present day regime of ISIS.

  • cmyfe .

    There are actual “No-go zones” in capital cities of Muslim countries e.g. Islamabad and Karachi etc. of Pakistan where if you’re a Pakistani you can’t go and only Americans ( Blackwater and CIA agents) can. They scare off traffic police if stopped for breaching laws. One of them shot dead 2 teenagers publicly on the road few years ago and started diverting traffic after doing so. Ironically U.S saved his life by relying on Sharia where they supposedly paid the blood money to the parents. No one has seen the family since as they disappeared days before the agent was secretly flown out of Pakistan.

  • The greenmantle

    Are drugs involved ? and should these legislators be on them ? or is it April the 1st already ?
    Sir David

  • mindy1

    The only good things to come from that state are BBQ and Elvis 😛 it’s no wonder nothing gets done they waste time on crap like this >:(

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