Society of Americans for National Existence

Society of Americans for National Existence

The Society of Americans for National Existence, or SANE, was founded by David Yerushalmi, who is the driving force behind the anti-Sharia movement in the United States. According to the organization's tax filings, SANE is "dedicated to preserving & strengthening America's national existence through communication, teaching & policy." In 2012, SANE's revenue was $116,442.  

SANE advances David Yerushalmi’s obsession with criminalizing Sharia law and pushes legislation that makes adherence to Sharia a felony carrying a 20-year prison sentence. Yerushalmi's most significant contribution to the Islamophobia network was as the author of the model "anti-Sharia" legislation introduced in more than 30 states. Text from Yerushalmi’s model anti-Sharia law made its way nearly verbatim into legislation in several state legislatures.

Responsible for the “Mapping Shari’a in America: Knowing the Enemy” campaign, Yerushalmi’s think tank presents Sharia as a pressing threat to American values and as a conspiracy to overthrow the government.

SANE has received $477,288 in funding from donors in the Islamophobia network between 2008 and 2012.


Source: Center for American Progress research is based on 990s filed with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.