The Associated Press December 15, 2008 14:57PM
DETROIT — A Michigan man is challenging the government’s bailout of American International Group Inc., claiming the stake is illegal because the insurer has financial products that promote Islam and are anti-Christian.
The lawsuit was filed Monday in federal court in Detroit by the Thomas More Law Center of Ann Arbor, which pursues cases on behalf of Christian causes.
It says the government is violating the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment with billions of dollars of aid for AIG. The clause prevents the U.S. government from endorsing a religion.
The lawsuit says AIG offers financial services that comply with Sharia principles, specifically Takaful insurance.
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