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SB 1630
By:Muhammad Rafi Karachi
Date: Thursday, 8 March 2012, 5:35 pm

We really need your help. The Florida Senate is voting on SB 1360, the anti-Muslim/anti-religious freedom law, within a few hours. This is our last chance to speak-out against SB1360 and urge the Florida Senate to NOT pass this legislation. If we generate 200 phone calls in the next 2 hours, we have a chance to defeat it. Can I count on you to make this critical phone call?


"I'm calling to Urge the Senator to VOTE NO on SB1360" you don't have to explain why and can say goodbye.

However we prefer that you provide a reason, pick from the following list:
Unnecessary bill intended to discriminate and limit the practices of religious minorities, especially Jews and Muslim.
Suggests that the followers of the Islamic faith are second-class citizens or their practices are un- American.
Violates the religious establishment clause and unfairly discriminates against religious minorities.
The Bill sponsor, Senator Alan Hays, has distributed anti-Muslim literature, which proves his intention is to target Muslim minorities.
For more talking points, analysis and background on this legislation, click here, here and here.
PLEASE DO NOT IGNORE THIS APPEAL, today Florida is the political battleground against Muslim-Americans. Regardless of where you live, we NEED YOUR HELP TO WIN THIS POLITICAL BATTLE. Each phone call will take less than 1-minute.

Florida is a large swing state, if the law passes here, it will set a negative precedent. The minority (Democrats) in the Florida Senate are against this legislation, but since Republican Senators are backing the bill we need to focus all our pressure on the Majority leadership.

Here is who you need to call, in order of importance. Please Make at least 3 phone calls:

Senate President, Mike Haridopolos 850-487-5229
Senator Mike Bennett 850-487-5078
Senator Andy Gardiner 850-487-5047
Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto 850-487-5356
Senator Anitere Flores 850-487-5130
Senator Evelyn Lynn 850-487-5033
Senator Greg Evers 850-595-0213
Senator Mike Fasano 850-487-5062
Senator John Thrasher 850-487-5030
Senator Garrett Richter 850-487-5124
Senator JD Alexander 850-487-5044
Senator Ronda Storms 850-487-5072
Senator Nan Rich 850-487-5103 (Minority leader, opposes sb1360)


Regardless of where you live, we need your financial support to continue this political fight. CAN YOU MAKE A DONATION OF $50, $100 or $250 in order to mobilize more people, grow this campaign and defeat this law in Florida?

If you have not done so already, please take 30-seconds to send an email to the Florida Senate urging them to VOTE NO on SB 1360. CLICK HERE TO ACT NOW.


Muna Al-Aseer
United Voices

P.S. So much has happened in the last couple of days around this bill and our efforts to fight and defeat it. Yesterday, Ahmed Bedier led a delegation of community leaders including a Rabbi, Imam and Pastor to speak with the Florida Senate President over the hate-filled anti-Muslim flyers which have flooded the Senate hallways over the last couple of days. To read more about the impact of that delegation and the impact of our campaign please visit http://stopsb1360.org or use the following links:

March 8, 2012 - Religious leaders condemn anti-Sharia bill
March 7, 2012 - Florida Anti-Sharia Legislation May Outlaw Orthodox Jewish Divorces
March 7, 2012 - Jewish Divorce Caught in Sharia Law Fight
March 6, 2012 - Leaders to Call on Senate President to Investigate Anti-Muslim Literature
March 6, 2012 - Shocking: Anti-Sharia flyers circulate Senate hallways