A lawsuit claiming that the U.S. government's bailout of the American International Group is helping promote Shariah law has won its first victory in court on May 26, 2009.

The lawsuit, which was filed in December 2008 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, is a constitutional challenge to that portion of the "Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008" (EESA) that appropriated $40 billion in taxpayer money to fund and financially support the federal government's majority ownership interest in AIG, which engages in Shariah-based Islamic activities.

In the May 26 filing, Judge Lawrence P. Zatkoff, of the US District Court for the Eastern District Court of Michigan, denied the U.S. government's motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Kevin Murray. (The full opinion may be downloaded here: http://www.saneworks.us/uploads/news/applications/43.pdf) Mr. Murray, who is represented by legal counsel David Yerushalmi and the Thomas More Law Center (Richard Thompson and Robert Muise), filed a federal complaint against the Treasury Secretary, representing the U.S. Treasury, and the Federal Reserve Board alleging that AIG's promotion of Shariah in its Shariah-compliant insurance products violates the Establishment Clause because the federal government owns and controls 80% of AIG and AIG's actions have become the government's.

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