La. House backs resolution against CAIR because of ties to terrorists

La. House backs resolution against CAIR because of ties to terrorists
Charee Stanley (center), flanked by CAIR representatives

House lawmakers voted 63-18 today to discourage Louisiana’s law enforcement and government agencies from working with the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim civil rights organization.

Rep. Barry Ivey, R-Baton Rouge, said he sponsored the resolution — which carries no force of law — because of concerns the organization and its officials have had ties to terrorist groups.

The organization, known as CAIR, has denied the claims.

All Houma-Thibodaux area representatives voted in favor of House Resolution 170. They are Beryl Amedee, R-Gray; Truck Gisclair, D-Larose; Tanner Magee and Jerome Zeringue, both R-Houma; and Dee Richard, a Thibodaux independent.

Democratic lawmakers questioned the need for Louisiana’s state House to wade into such a debate in the final days of the legislative session. They suggested the state had more pressing concerns, like its financial problems.

Rep. Patricia Smith, D-Baton Rouge, said the resolution will create fear of Muslims.

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