Haslam rebukes critics of Muslim aide - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Haslam rebukes critics of Muslim aide

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has issued his strongest defense yet of a Muslim aide who has been criticized for once working in the field of Shariah compliant finance.

The governor was asked after speaking to a Nashville Republican group on Wednesday whether he was incorporating elements of Islamic law into state government. Those allegations began to emerge after the Haslam administration earlier this year hired Samar Ali to work in the Department of Economic and Community Development.

Haslam said Tuesday that Ali has done nothing to deserve the criticism, and that she has been "incredibly unfairly maligned."

Haslam deputy Claude Ramsey in August wrote a letter to GOP leaders in an effort to dispel confusion over Ali's role and to underline the state's rejection of the promotion of any religion.

 (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • AR highways closed for high water

    AR highways closed for high water

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 6:59 AM EST2018-02-21 11:59:50 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:59 AM EST2018-02-22 16:59:23 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    As storms and rain move through this morning, damage and flooding reports are coming in from across the area.

    As storms and rain move through this morning, damage and flooding reports are coming in from across the area.

  • Poplar Bluff PD searching for suspected shoplifter

    Poplar Bluff PD searching for suspected shoplifter

    Thursday, February 22 2018 10:19 AM EST2018-02-22 15:19:55 GMT

    The area around Shelby Road in Poplar Bluff, Missouri is on lockdown following an incident involving a suspected shoplifter at a business in the area.

    The area around Shelby Road in Poplar Bluff, Missouri is on lockdown following an incident involving a suspected shoplifter at a business in the area.

  • Juvenile arrested in school threat investigation

    Juvenile arrested in school threat investigation

    Thursday, February 22 2018 7:46 AM EST2018-02-22 12:46:48 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 9:49 AM EST2018-02-22 14:49:08 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    A juvenile is in custody as investigators look into a school threat in Batesville.

    A juvenile is in custody as investigators look into a school threat in Batesville.

Powered by Frankly