Tampa Bay Times Largely Ignores Anti-Muslim Extremist's Influence On Anti-Sharia Bill
The Tampa Bay Times failed to note the extremist past of David Yerushalmi -- an anti-Muslim lawyer and activist -- who authored the model legislation for a Florida bill which would attempt to ban Sharia law in the state.
Florida's largest paper focused  its coverage  of the anti-Sharia bill on the comments  made by politicians on both sides of the debate in a "he said, she said" fashion, including  those of the bill's sponsor, Rep. Larry Metz (R-Yalaha), who couldn't name an instance when the law would be needed, instead calling it a preventative measure . In addition, while the paper mentioned that Yerushalmi drafted the model legislation in a blog post , it failed to go in depth into Yerushalmi's history with anti-Sharia laws and racist rhetoric. His role was not included at all in any of the paper's print coverage of the anti-Sharia bill.
Yerushalmi, who founded  the Society of Americans for National Existence (SANE) and is senior counsel  to anti-Muslim activist Frank Gaffney's Center for Security Policy, wrote  the model legislation for the Florida bill and bills in several other  states, entitled "American Laws for American Courts."
However, Yerushalmi has a history of negative rhetoric towards immigrants, Muslims and African-Americans. As the Anti-Defamation League pointed out in a report  calling Yerushalmi "a driving force behind anti-Sharia efforts in the U.S.," he has previously called for creating "special criminal camps" to house undocumented immigrants, said that African-Americans are a "relatively murderous race killing itself" and discussed how some races are better "in Western societies and some better in tribal ones." He's also claimed that Muslims are our enemies  and that "Muslim civilization is at war with Judeo-Christian civilization," while demonizing millions  of Muslims worldwide:
Yerushalmi has created a characterization of Shari'a law (i.e., Islamic law) that declares there are "hundreds of millions" of Muslims who are either "fully committed mujahideen" or "still dangerous but lesser committed jihad sympathizers" who, because of Shari'a law, would be willing to murder all non-believers unwilling to convert, in order to "impose a worldwide political hegemony."
Yerushalmi's group, SANE, has previously called  on Congress to declare war on the Muslim nation and asked them to define Muslim undocumented immigrants as "alien enemies  'subject to immediate deportation.'"
Yerushalmi also has strong connections  with other anti-Muslim activists including Pamela Geller and Gaffney, both of whom have been criticized  for their extreme  anti-Muslim rhetoric and actions  and were quoted  in the manifesto of Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in a Norwegian mass murder to allegedly prevent "Islamization."
The Tampa Bay Times' oversight in not reporting Yerushalmi's influence on the Florida bill leaves its readers unaware that the bill is not a "preventative" measure as the bill's sponsor claims, but rather a systematic attempt to rid the United States of Islam by an anti-Muslim activist.