blind_html Fwd: Hawaii lawmakers back the creation of 'Islam Day'

  • From: Nimer Jaber <nimerjaber1@xxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Wed, 06 May 2009 22:06:58 -0600

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Subject:        Hawaii lawmakers back the creation of 'Islam Day'
Date:   Wed, 6 May 2009 23:48:52 -0400
From:   Jack Lowe <jlowe27@xxxxxxxxxx>
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I wonder, does America have a Catholic day? How about a Baptists day?
Maybe a Morman's day? I'm not so sure that I'm all that fond of this.

Hawaii lawmakers back the creation of 'Islam Day'

By MARK NIESSE, Associated Press Writer 2 hrs 1 min ago

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

The resolution to proclaim Sept. 24, 2009, as Islam Day passed the
Senate on a 22-3 vote. It had previously passed the House.

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
citizens of the world."

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.


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