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Democratic Rep Fighting for More Welfare for Refugees Opens State House Session With Islamic Prayer

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A Democratic representative in Maine, who is currently fighting for more welfare for refugees, opened a State House session with an Islamic prayer in honor of Ramadan on Tuesday.

“In recognition of more than one billion Muslims worldwide who celebrate Ramadan — a holy month of fasting, introspection, and prayer for Muslims and followers of Islam — including more than six million people in the United States I offer this prayer called the or Al-Fatiha,” Rachel Talbot Ross from Portland said during the opening remarks. “Please pray.”

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Ross began in Arabic, before offering the prayer in English.

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“In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful — praise be to God, the cherisher, the sustainer of the world. The most Gracious, most Merciful, master of the Day of Judgment,” Ross continued.

Before being elected to the Maine State House of Representatives, Ross worked for the Maine NAACP and was Portland’s former director of equal opportunity and multicultural affairs. She was also the executive director of an organization called King Fellows, a nonprofit immigrant student group.

“We have female genital mutilation, gang rape, hijabs and burkas — we might as well have the Democrat from Portland push the prayers of the ‘religion of peace’ on us. The prayer was offered on Tuesday afternoon,” Maine First Media, which obtained the video, told Big League Politics.

Speaker of the House Sara Gideon’s district made headlines last August as a refugee who moved into her district in 2009 died while fighting for ISIS.

The Iranian “refugee” Adnan Fazeli, 38, allegedly became radicalized after he moved to Maine. Four years after arriving in Freeport, he took his wife and kids to join ISIS in Turkey.

The Fazeli family never returned.

Fazeli, who also used the names Abu Nawaf and Abu Abdullah Al-Ahwazi, died on Jan. 23, 2015 in Lebanon fighting for the Islamic State.

According to four FBI informants, Fazeli started showing signs of radicalization just one year after moving to Maine.

“They told the FBI that Fazeli frequently watched hours of Islamic videos online, grew a beard and began making anti-American remarks while at an Iraqi market in Portland,” the Maine Press Herald reported when the documents were unsealed.

While the affidavit noted that many Shia and moderate Sunni Muslims were put off by the change in Fazeli, others in the community were excited by him. During his time in Maine, he converted to Wahhabism, an extreme form of Sunni Islam.

“Fazeli’s change in behavior alienated him from many of his Shia and moderate Sunni friends in the area. However, there were a few local Sunnis who supported his fervor and treated him with a great deal of respect. Fazeli started holding occasional religious meetings at his home in Freeport,” Maine State Police Detective George Loder wrote in the affidavit.

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HUGE: 5th Circuit Court Affirms Texas Abortion Ban During Coronavirus Pandemic

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The 5th Circuit Court has issued a decision allowing the state of Texas to ban elective abortions during the coronavirus pandemic, as medical supplies are in high demand to treat victims of the illness.

The panel made the ruling by a 2-1 margin on Tuesday. The majority cited “the escalating spread of COVID-19, and the state’s critical interest in protecting the public health” in making their decision.

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Judges Stuart Kyle Duncan, a Trump appointee, and Jennifer Elrod, an appointee of George W. Bush, made up the majority while Judge James Dennis, a Clinton appointee, dissented with the ruling.

“That settled rule allows the state to restrict, for example, one’s right to peaceably assemble, to publicly worship, to travel, and even to leave one’s home,” the majority wrote. “The right to abortion is no exception.”

The panel also determined that the lower court erred when they refused to apply the Supreme Court’s test to determine the constitutionality of abortion restrictions. The SCOTUS test pertains to the legal review of weighing the burden on a woman’s access to abortion services against the medical benefits of the restrictions on abortion.

The majority ultimately determined that the lower court “failed to balance (the Texas restriction’s) temporary burdens on abortion against its benefits in thwarting a public health crisis.”

“The bottom line is this: when faced with a society-threatening epidemic, a state may implement emergency measures that curtail constitutional rights so long as the measures have at least some “real or substantial relation” to the public health crisis,” Judge Duncan and Judge Elrod wrote in their majority opinion.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a guidance last month declaring that all abortions “not medically necessary to preserve the life or health” of the woman would be considered a “non-essential” medical service throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Doctors who refuse to comply and murder babies in the womb despite the order are subject to “penalties of up to $1,000 or 180 days of jail time.”

The Democrat on the panel is dismayed with the opinion of the majority and would have preferred to keep the baby-mutilating industry going in Texas while coronavirus poses a serious threat to public safety.

“In a time where panic and fear already consume our daily lives, the majority’s opinion inflicts further panic and fear on women in Texas by depriving them, without justification, of their constitutional rights, exposing them to the risks of continuing an unwanted pregnancy, as well as the risks of travelling to other states in search of time-sensitive medical care,” Dennis wrote.

Because of this ruling, Texas is permitted to make common-sense decisions to conserve medical supplies during an unprecedented crisis.

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