According to media reports, Kern worked with high profile Islamophobe Frank Gaffney to draft a similar bill and got support from the anti-Islam hate group ACT! for America in its passage. ACT! founder Brigitte Gabriel is on record saying that "every practicing Muslim is a radical Muslim" and that Muslims cannot be loyal American citizens.
SEE: CAIR Islamophobia Backgrounder: ACT! for America and '
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In 2011, the American Bar Association (ABA) passed a resolution opposing legislation like HB 1060, noting that it is "duplicative of safeguards that are already enshrined in federal and state law," and saying, "Initiatives that target an entire religion or stigmatize an entire religious community, such as those explicitly aimed at 'Sharia law,' are inconsistent with some of the core principles and ideals of American jurisprudence."
In a statement, CAIR–OK said:
"We urge Governor Fallin to reject the minority-bashing of Rep.
and to also reject Kern's thinly-veiled efforts to vilify Islam with bills like HB 1060.
"For years now, there has been an unfortunate effort in the
legislature to single out Islam and Muslims for legislative censure. SQ 755, an amendment to the state constitution that passed in 2010, was the first such effort. It specifically targeted Islamic religious practices and we challenged it in court. So far, four federal judges have agreed with our arguments that SQ 755 violates the U.S. Constitution.
"This new effort presents a similar Establishment Clause problem. We know from the statements of lawmakers that this is yet another attempt to legislate against Muslims. By legislating against Muslims, HB 1060 violates the most basic premise of the First Amendment's religious liberty protections: that the government maintain neutrality regarding the faiths of all Oklahomans.