published Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Tennessee faith leaders call for stop to anti-Shariah bill

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    Sen. Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro, speaks outside the Senate chamber in Nashville, Tenn., on Monday, Feb. 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

Local Muslim, Jewish and Christian leaders gathered near the Tennessee Capitol on Tuesday to ask that an anti-Shariah law be withdrawn from consideration by the state legislature.

If passed, they fear, the law would make it illegal to be Muslim in Tennessee, although the bill's supporters say it specifically targets groups that support terrorism.

"All of a sudden, I pray using the Koran or the Sunnas of the Prophet, and it's a crime," said Imam Yusuf Abdullah of Masjid Al-Islam in Nashville. "What kind of bill is that?"

But Sen. Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro, said Muslims have nothing to fear from the bill he introduced in the state Senate because it targets terrorism, not religion.

Read more at The Tennessean.

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acerigger said...

The Pentecostals won't be able to have foot-washing services either!

March 2, 2011 at 10:32 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

No religious law supersedes US law. This bill is unnecessary.

March 2, 2011 at 11 a.m.
jpo3136 said...

The First Amendment will support religious freedom throughout the US. Meanwhile, we should take care not to side or appear to side with hatred and fear. We should continue to support our Muslim communities.

As a veteran of both the Persian Gulf and Iraq Wars, it pains me to see many patriotic citizens advocating an anti-Islam agenda toward their fellow American citizens. The reality is that Islam is as diverse as Christianity in the specifics of its practice. We need only look to our view of Christianity and see the wars in Ireland to detect our hypocrisy towards the Muslims on this matter. We do not, for example, ridicule Catholics and Anglican Protestants as insane extremists. Instead, we offer the same regard for our Christian citizens of those religions as we do for citizens of all other religions.

It does not help, but rather hurt, our goals of promoting Enlightenment ideals both at home and abroad when we villify people based on the name of the description of their religion. It's just not rational or prudent to believe that people of one descriptive label are bad or evil.

March 2, 2011 at 11:18 a.m.
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