The House (and the Senate, which had already passed the bill), didn’t stop there. It also passed two of Mr. Nieves’ bills based purely on conspiracy theories. The first, Senate Bill 267, while never mentioning Sharia Law specifically, is meant to solve a nonexistent problem in Missouri, the application ofany “foreign” laws that might be “repugnant” to the state in the court system.

The law exists solely to send an anti-Muslim message. It’s hateful. It’s repugnant on its face. It passed with nearly every Republican in the Missouri Legislature voting for it.



Muslim doctors here say they are trying to be more vocal in denouncing terrorism. They condemned the "crazies" who are "misguided" and did those acts.

"If we keep quiet, we become kind of a silent supporter of that, although we are not," said Dr. Ghazala Hayat, a professor of neurology at St. Louis University. "This is actually sickening and shocking to doctors, that this would happen.". . .

On Friday, about 20 Muslim doctors who practice medicine in the St. Louis area gathered for a news conference in the lecture hall at the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis, 517 Weidman Road. The turnout represented about 10 percent of the 200 or so local Muslim doctors.

"I just hope to appeal to the general public, not to develop into a mob tendency, having received these messages from abroad," said Dr. Noor Ahmed, a plastic surgeon.

Ahmed is president of the St. Louis chapter of the Islamic Medical Association of North America. If the public is fearful or distrustful of all Muslim physicians, the terrorists will have won, Ahmed said. . .

The local chapter of a Muslim civil liberties group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, helped coordinate the news conference. Some other council chapters across the country have made similar denouncements, but Friday's news conference here was not timed as part of a national effort to speak out, organizers say.

British Muslim communities have taken out newspaper ads condemning the bomb plots.

Dr. Khaled Hamid, an allergist who has offices in St. Charles and Des Peres, said Muslims have felt a backlash before - and now he hopes being a physician won't be a "double whammy," of sorts.

"As a community, we are in pain. As a physician, we are in twice the pain," said Hamid, who is a board member for the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

In an interview, Hamid added: "We are tired of being labeled because of a few idiots among us who do these things."

What's going on in Britain demonstrates that bad people can be found in health care, just like any other job, Hamid said.

"We have the crazies amongst us, like any other profession," Hamid said.

Hamid cited examples of non-Muslim doctors doing harm, including those who helped Nazis conduct medical experiments on Jews, and, he said, a podiatrist who plotted to bomb a mosque in Florida in 2002 in revenge for the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.


Dr. Khaled Hamid, an Egyptian-born allergy and asthma specialist, helped organize a news conference of local Muslim physicians in St. Louis on Friday to denounce the terrorist plots in Britain. When he heard that those arrested in Britain were doctors, Dr. Hamid said in an interview, "I felt sick. The idea that a physician would participate in that is incomprehensible to me."

He and others called the news conference to "make it very clear where we stand," said Dr. Hamid, who is active in the local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "We're hurt as Muslims and as physicians who believe sacred life must be protected."

Silence, he said, "can wrongly be interpreted as approval."


On May 7, the St. Louis chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations handed the FBI office in St. Louis a letter it received 10 days prior that contained extreme hate messages and threats to Muslims in the United States and abroad. The letter is part of a campaign that targeted CAIR chapters in at least three states. One letter contained a threat to the life of CAIR officials in Florida.

CAIR of St. Louis is aware that fundamentalists with violent tendencies unfortunately are an element in all religious ideologies and that letters of hate and the opinions expressed in them do not represent the majority of Americans. We encourage a dialogue that would advance understanding among different religions in our country and help reduce the ignorance of "the others" that underlies the intolerance and the ill-feelings among different subgroups in the society.

Encouraging dialogue and empowering moderates in all faiths and beliefs to be vocal against hate and intolerance would be a positive outcome born out of the ugliness and darkness expressed in the letter we received. Another positive outcome would be to shed more light on the political agenda behind the relentless negative campaign against Islam and a lot of the unjustified negative feelings against Muslims.

Confusing political and religious agendas only can harm all of us.

CAIR of St. Louis is appreciative of the swiftness with which local FBI officials handled this case. We encourage anyone with knowledge of this hateful campaign to contact the FBI.

Khaled M Abdel-Hamid, St. Louis
Civil Rights Coordinator, St. Louis CAIR Chapter


Steve Gomez can't really talk much about what he did for 2½ years in St. Louis. But basically, his job was to worry.

As assistant special agent in charge of the national security branch of the FBI office here, he worried about terrorism. And he fretted over whether he worked hard enough, and long enough, to catch all the possibilities.

Gomez is heading for Washington to start worrying on a larger scale. He'll help agencies share counterterrorism information and fill gaps in raw information. His former boss, Special Agent in Charge Roland Corvington, praised Gomez's work here, even if he couldn't reveal exactly what it was.

This much he could say: Gomez oversaw the Joint Terrorism Task Force, responsible for the federal and local officers here who deal with international and domestic terrorism, weapons of mass destruction and counterintelligence.

Gomez, 40, said he often told strangers, and even parents at his child's soccer games, that he worked as an accountant for the federal government.

He acknowledged that St. Louis was not among the nation's largest or most prominent cities, but he said that was not a reason for complacency. . .

Dr. Gulten Ilhan, vice president of the St. Louis chapter of the Council of American Islamic Relations, has brought Gomez and other FBI agents to a mosque twice for town hall-type meetings and has gone to the FBI office to train agents.

Ilhan credited Gomez for working to improve communications with Muslims. "He was very, very kind," she said. "I feel like I lost a friend from here."

Ilhan said Gomez went out of his way to accommodate her questions, and even called after hearing about a spray-painted threat on a Pakistani man's house in St. Peters.

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