Saturday, May 19, 2012

Hawaii Lawmakers Pass Bill to Create 'Islam Day'

Palestinians celebrating 9/11
FOX NEWS ... 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 and now goes to Republican Gov. Linda Lingle.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."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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Bee's Note:
Perhaps the United States should study the true ideology of Islam, before passing bills that would recognize a political/religious group that refuses to reform to today's civilization.  To "reform" Islam would mean reforming the entire Middle East and that's not going to happen in the near future.  How embarrassing to see any United States politicians or state recognizing and giving the enemy one day of recognition.  
And, while we're on the subject of Islam, I note that the bill does not mention or give a list to their recognition of "the rich religious, scientific, cultural and artistic contributions" of Islam.  You have got to be joking!  Since when has the Muslim world that continues to threaten us and would use nuclear weapons, if possible, to murder more Americans, not to mention wiping Israel off the map, "contribute" anything but evil to this world.  How many Islamic suicide bombers, terrorists organizations, and wars being fought today in Islamic countries does there need to be before our leaders in Washington wake up and stop pandering to the  millions of Muslims who hate the West?
America does not need to be "tolerant" towards those who wish to see us dead!  The War on Terror is on-going, never-ending and will not end until the Arab-Muslim world changes its entire ideology (and that has nothing to do with religion).  Great men talk about "peace" - when there is no peace - period!
I find it interesting that the State of Hawaii, the supposed place of Obama's birth, is the first state to want to give special recognition to Islam. ........  Hmm!