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Fear of sharia in Tennessee

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2011/mar/25/islam-religion

 

Fear of sharia in Tennessee

Senator Bill Ketron’s bill goes further than other irrational US reactions to Islam by attempting to outlaw sharia entirely

The United Kingdom has officially sanctioned the use of Islamic tribunals to settle some disputes, and in Germany, Islamic legal scholars such as Mathias Rohe have noted the compatibility of Islamic law to German law. The application of Islamic Law in Europe may remain controversial, but in the court of American public opinion, the idea of the Islamic legal system having any application in the US provokes massive social angst and sleazy political opportunism.

The southern state of Tennessee is the latest example of an irrational fear of Islam, which threatens American values and Muslim civil liberties. Bill Ketron Jr, a Republican State Senator in Tennessee who was first elected in 2002, introduced Senate bill 1028 to outlaw sharia. The fiery language of the bill is not unfamiliar in the American public square: In the lead-up to the 2010 elections we saw Newt Gingrich and other candidates for election, Islamophobic commentators and websites warn of the threat of sharia.

Senate bill 1028 goes further than other states have gone, attempting to outlaw sharia entirely.

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Reade the rest at the above link.

All I can say is, “way to go Tennessee”, soon to be my new home!!

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3 Responses

  1. Are you really moving to Tennessee? You know to go to the east side near North Carolina. The west side will be hit hard with the New Madrid Fault earthquake. And get 100 to 200 miles away from any nuclear power plants. Good luck.

  2. I have accepted an offer and am waiting for financing to go through. It is located in middle Tenn. about half way between Memphis and Nashville, south of I-40.

  3. Signing the closing papers tomorrow. The house is mine. Tennessee here I come.

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