Civil rights activist Victor Abdulla of the Masjid Al-Islam mosque in Nashville, Tenn., speaks at a Tuesday, March 1, 2011, press conference outside the Tennessee Capitol in Nashville in opposition to a legislative proposal to make it a felony to follow some versions of the Islamic code known as Shariah.… Read more »
The local Muslim harliners, of course, are outraged that they will not be allowed to follow the Shariah discriminatory code.
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Tennessee pro-Shariah Muslims and a group of leftist loons held a protest at the Tennessee Capitol yesterday. They were protesting against the proposed state anti-Shariah law.
Tennessee.com reported, via ROP:
Local Muslim, Jewish and Christian leaders gathered near the Tennessee Capitol on Tuesday to ask that an anti-Shariah law be withdrawn from consideration by the state legislature.
If passed, they fear, the law would make it illegal to be Muslim in Tennessee, although the bill’s supporters say it specifically targets groups that support terrorism.
“All of a sudden, I pray using the Koran or the Sunnas of the Prophet, and it’s a crime,” said Imam Yusuf Abdullah of Masjid Al-Islam in Nashville. “What kind of bill is that?”
But Sen. Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro, said Muslims have nothing to fear from the bill he introduced in the state Senate because it targets terrorism, not religion.
“There are different arms of Shariah, and the arm in my bill has nothing to do with their religious practices,” he told the Daily News Journal. “I am a strong constitutionalist, and I believe in the right to worship.”
The bill exempts the peaceful practice of Islam. But it also claims that Shariah law requires its followers to support overthrowing the U.S. and Tennessee constitutions and governments.
“The knowing adherence to sharia and to foreign sharia authorities constitutes a conspiracy to further the legal, political and military doctrine and system which embraces the law of jihad,” the law reads.
That raises concerns, said Jim Blumstein, a constitutional law scholar at Vanderbilt University. Laws can ban crimes, he said. But banning religious beliefs or practices is another matter.
“A law that is focused on anti-social conduct should be taken seriously and examined,” he said. “A law that equates religious exercise with anti-social conduct is very problematic.”