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The Council on American-Islamic Relations will hold a press conference at noon today in Nashville to respond to state Sen. Bill Ketron's Shariah law bill that he contends is about making terrorism activity a felony.

"This clearly unconstitutional and un-American legislation would make it illegal to be a Muslim in the state of Tennessee," CAIR Staff Attorney Gadeir Abbas said in a news release sent out Monday. "Consideration of this legislation, which completely disregards equality before the law, would send the unfortunate message that Tennessee is an intolerant state."

Abbas will take part in today's press conference at the Tennessee Capitol with faith leaders and other representatives from CAIR, as well as from the American Civil Liberties Union, the Interfaith Alliance and the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, according to a CAIR news release from Washington, D.C.


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