Hawaii lawmakers back the creation of 'Islam Day'
By MARK NIESSE, Associated Press Writer Mark Niesse, Associated Press Writer - Wed May 6, 9:45 pm ET
HONOLULU - Hawaii's state Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill Wednesday to celebrate "Islam Day" - over the objections of a few lawmakers who said they didn't want to honor a religion connected to Sept. 11, 2001.
The Senate's two Republicans argued that a minority of Islamic extremists have killed many innocents in terrorist attacks.
"I recall radical Islamists around the world cheering the horrors of 9/11. That is the day all civilized people of all religions should remember," said Republican Sen. Fred Hemmings to the applause of more than 100 people gathered in the Senate to oppose a separate issue - same-sex civil unions.
The resolution to proclaim Sept. 24, 2009, as Islam Day passed the Senate on a 22-3 vote. It had previously passed the House.
Answer by mustbeGRACE at 8:02 AM on May. 7, 2009
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Answer by VeronicaLee at 8:04 AM on May. 7, 2009
This is ridiculous.
It is ridiculous that anyone would bother getting upset about this. It is not different that International Tuba Day (which is today by the way). They said that they want to "recognize "the rich religious, scientific, cultural and artistic contributions" that Islam and the Islamic world have made." What is so bad about that?
Answer by Imaginaryfriend at 8:07 AM on May. 7, 2009
Answer by fireball1978 at 8:09 AM on May. 7, 2009
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Answer by fireball1978 at 8:10 AM on May. 7, 2009
Yes, let's celebrate a religion that teaches hate & murdering anyone who is an infidel... I think 911 should be National islam day!!! Is it any wonder the rest of the world is laughing at what a joke America has become...
Answer by Anonymous at 8:17 AM on May. 7, 2009
Answer by akinbottom2 at 8:19 AM on May. 7, 2009
Answer by akinbottom2 at 8:26 AM on May. 7, 2009
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