published Friday, March 4th, 2011

Tennessee GOP open to discussing concerns about anti-Shariah bill

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    FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 14, 2011 picture, Sen. Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro, speaks outside the Senate chamber in Nashville, Tenn. about his bill to require photo identification to vote. Tennessee Republican leaders say they're willing to talk with concerned Muslims about legislation that would make it a felony to follow some versions of the Islamic code known as Shariah, even though activists say their requests for discussion have gone unheard. Ketron said the proposal exempts the peaceful practice of Islam, but seeks to condemn those "who take Shariah law to the other extreme" and gives state and local law enforcement officials "a powerful counterterrorism tool." (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

Tennessee Republican leaders say they're willing to talk with concerned Muslims about legislation that would make it a felony to follow some versions of the Islamic code known as Shariah, even though activists say their requests for discussion have gone unheard.

The proposal, which is drawing national attention, represents the boldest legislative attempt yet to limit how Muslims worship.

Shariah is a set of core principles that most Muslims recognize as well as a series of rulings from religious scholars. It covers many areas of life and different sects have different versions of the code they follow.

Muslim groups fear the measure would outlaw central tenets of Islam, such as praying five times a day toward Mecca, abstaining from alcohol or fasting for Ramadan.

Read more at The Tennessean.

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jpo3136 said...

As a veteran of wars in the Middle East, and a Tennessee voter, I find this entire situation from our Republican Legislators to be a very large embarrassment.

It's offensive and stupid.

It achieves nothing. It prevents nothing. It only serves to massage their personal pride.

It's obvious these people do not know the first thing about these matters of religion; or, just how idiotic they look by trying to force their sad ideas and misconceptions upon us all. We needn't get into the details of how wrong these legislators are: there's nothing right about what they are doing. Please encourage all lawmakers to stop this nonsense immediately.

March 4, 2011 at 7:15 p.m.
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