Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's administration is responding to what it calls confusion about the role of a Muslim staffer and a council that has advised two state departments on Islamic affairs. Haslam was criticized this summer by several Republican groups over what they perceived as the growing influence of a version of the Islamic code called Shariah in state government. Deputy to the governor Claude Ramsey sent a letter last week to the state GOP's executive committee seeking to quell those concerns. Ramsey stated there is no effort under way to promote Shariah law in Tennessee.