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Anti-Muslim pastor who addressed Idaho lawmakers now taking credit for killing of child-support bill

Shahram Hadian, a Christian pastor from Chattaroy, Wash., who was invited to address Idaho lawmakers by Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, at a Statehouse luncheon on “The True Face of Islam” on March 26, at which he warned of what he sees as evils in the religion that formerly was his and suggested Muslims are trying to infiltrate and influence conservative Western communities, is now taking credit for the Idaho Legislature’s rejection of critical child-support enforcement legislation on the final day of this year’s legislative session, according to the Coeur d’Alene Press. Hadian's claims at his Statehouse talk drew outrage from Idaho religious and human rights leaders.

Hadian told Press reporter Jeff Selle, "I was down there when the bill passed the Senate, and I shared my concerns with the legislators." He said he shared a two-page summary of his concerns with SB 1067, which Hadian said is “coming from the United Nations” and could open the door to enforcement of Sharia, Islamic religious law, in Idaho. State officials say those fears are misplaced and the legislation would do nothing of the sort. Selle’s full report is online here.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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