A Republican Texas lawmaker reportedly sent out a letter to mosque leaders and Muslim student groups asking them to fill out a poll about their beliefs – including Sharia law.
State Rep. Kyle Biedermann asked recipients of the Jan. 11 letter whether they support three things: Sharia law, persecution of people who leave Islam and designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization, Mustafaa Carroll, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relation's Houston chapter, told The Houston Chronicle.
The results of the poll, according to the letter, would be shared with Texas elected officials, the Texas Tribune reported.
"The poll that went out was paid for with private funds and was sent out to gather responses in advance of my upcoming Homeland Security Summit," a statement from Biedermann said, the Tribune reported.
The summit will be held ahead of Texas Muslim Capitol Day, a biennial event for members of Muslim communities, on Jan. 31, the Chronicle noted.
Carroll told the Tribune the organization would still be moving forward with the event.
"If they really wanted to understand American Muslims, they’d talk directly to us instead of sending these silly polls to test people in some propaganda that you put out there or that you're getting," Carroll told the Tribune.
According to the Chronicle, Carroll is advising poll recipients not to return the survey.
"What I think they're trying to do is take a poll and see who agrees with Sharia Law and who agrees with the constitution," Carroll told the Chronicle.
"It's like asking Christians, 'Do you believe in the Bible or the constitution?' It's not an either-or question. No Muslim organization has even intimated they want to change the constitution of America or supplant it with Sharia Law. It's silly."
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