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So ridiculous...........................

Hawaii lawmakers back the creation of 'Islam Day'
AP
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.

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mustbeGRACE

Asked by mustbeGRACE at 8:02 AM on May. 7, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • The bill seeks to recognize "the rich religious, scientific, cultural and artistic contributions" that Islam and the Islamic world have made. It does not call for any spending or organized celebration of Islam Day.

    "We are a state of tolerance. We understand that people have different beliefs," said Sen. Will Espero, a Democrat. "We may not all agree on every single item and issue out there, but to say and highlight the negativity of the Islamic people is an insult to the majority" of believers "who are good law-abiding citizens of the world."
    mustbeGRACE

    Answer by mustbeGRACE at 8:02 AM on May. 7, 2009

  • But Republican Sen. Sam Slom argued that the United States has become too sympathetic toward Islamic extremists.

    "I don't think there's any country in the history of the world that has been more tolerant than the United States of America, and because of that tolerance, we've looked the other way a lot of times, and many thousands of our citizens have been killed by terrorists," said Slom, a Republican.

    The lone Democrat voting against the bill opposed it on church-state separation fears.

    Pandering?

    mustbeGRACE

    Answer by mustbeGRACE at 8:03 AM on May. 7, 2009

  • Wow... just wow!

    I can't think of anything else to say at the moment!
    VeronicaLee

    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?

    Imaginaryfriend

    Answer by Imaginaryfriend at 8:07 AM on May. 7, 2009

  • I don't think any religion should get a day. I doen't matter to me that it is Islam or Christianity, that is government support.
    1st Amendment.
    "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
    This should apply at a state level as well as the federal level
    fireball1978

    Answer by fireball1978 at 8:09 AM on May. 7, 2009

  • Really, I'm speechless.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:09 AM on May. 7, 2009

  • "the rich religious, scientific, cultural and artistic contributions"
    That is true. Does everyone use a fork, how about algebra, these are things that came for Islamic nations
    fireball1978

    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...

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:17 AM on May. 7, 2009

  • I agree to some extent that there should be no recognizing of any religions on a special day. The post office has enough days they don't deliver already
    akinbottom2

    Answer by akinbottom2 at 8:19 AM on May. 7, 2009

  • Algebra did not come from Islam. Algebra along with any form of math has always been present, as soon as a young child could pick up two apples and say " one, two..." that was math. Math exists(ed) in every society.
    akinbottom2

    Answer by akinbottom2 at 8:26 AM on May. 7, 2009

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