“The 21-member council, whose volunteer members would be appointed by the governor as well as leaders in the House and Senate, would advise the governor and General Assembly on issues affecting Muslim Americans and immigrants, including relations between Illinois and Muslim-majority countries….The act specifies that members would serve two-year terms and should bring expertise in a variety of areas including higher education, business, international trade, law, immigration and health care.”
Does Illinois have a Christian-American Advisory Council? A Jewish-American Advisory Council? A Hindu-American Advisory Council? A Buddhist-American Advisory Council? Of course not. Defenders of the Muslim-American Advisory Council might respond that such councils aren’t needed, because Jews and Christians and Hindus and Buddhists aren’t facing “hate” the way Muslims are — except that isn’t true, as Jews are targeted in hate crimes far more often than Muslims, and Christians are being viciously persecuted in many areas of the world — by Muslims.
The real reason why a Muslim-American Advisory Council is about to be established in Illinois (Rauner wouldn’t dare refuse to sign the bill) is because some Muslims are jihad terrorists. The underlying assumption here is that if Muslims get special privileges and access, they might stop killing non-Muslims. The special accommodation is a direct reward for bad behavior — it’s the behavior of an abused spouse being extra nice to the abuser, hoping the abuse will stop. It won’t.