Another connection…

The following is taken from another blog will shed light on yet another group that has partnered with the administration of TN.


TN Attorney General Opinion 12-29 (March 2, 2012), answers the question of
whether it is “constitutionally defensible” for the TN Department of Homeland
Security to NOT enter into “partnership or contractual agreements” with
religious or political nonprofit organizations, including any affiliated
organizations.    The short answer – the state of Tennessee can and should
exclude these groups.

As stated
in the AG Opinion, the rationale is simple –  “The Establishment Clause [of the
1st Amendment] prevents the government from promoting any religious doctrine or
organization or affiliating itself with one.”

The State is
supposed to be neutral when it comes to the matter of

The AG Opinion goes on to conclude that “On its face,
this exclusion does not appear to be based upon any hostility toward religion,
but rather can be characterized as an attempt to avoid an excessive entanglement
or improper affiliation with religion.”

The TN American Muslim
Advisory Council (AMAC), is an organization designed to promote the religion of

-the organization’s very name self-describes a
religious orientation; only adherents to the religion of Islam can be labeled

-the content of the training provided by AMAC is
grounded in and derived from religious doctrine but misrepresented as

-the AMAC’s most recent announcement about their
Islamic Speakers Bureau states that they present information about “their faith
as a means of promoting religious literacy”

The TN American
Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) is a political organization and/or affiliated
with a political organization:

-four AMAC members established
and sit as the governing board of their alter ego organization, the American
Center for Outreach (ACO)

-another AMAC member serves as a
Fellow with the ACO

-the ACO’s Director lobbies the TN
General Assembly

-the ACO and AMAC issue joint press
statements commenting on pending legislation and other community political

Either way you cut it, the TN Department of Homeland
Security cannot partner with the AMAC.

For that matter, neither can nor
should any other state or local governmental entity.

The very
law that Commissioner Gibbons brought to the legislature and testified in
support of, (and as opined by the state Attorney General), bars his Department
from partnering with AMAC.

But if the Governor’s administration
won’t follow the law, why should anyone

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