The nation's largest Muslim advocacy group is calling on the Republican Party to repudiate state Rep. Michele Presnell, who equated the religion of Islam with "terrorism" in a recent email to a constituent.

Presnell, R-Yancey, is a co-sponsor of the now-notorious House Joint Resolution 494.

That resolution, which House leaders say is now officially dead, said the state has the authority to establish a religion if it chooses to and can choose not to recognize judicial rulings on the Constitution and Bill of Rights, including the First Amendment.

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