Jan 24 2011
Via Founding Bloggers (H/T Susan K)
Hawaii News Now –– In response to a scene that played out in the Senate Chambers last legislative session, senators have chosen to forego invocations held at the start of each floor session. (SEE VIDEO BELOW)
Thursday’s decision was made after careful thought and consideration, with the state attorney general offering his opinion, as well as claims of a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union.
“It’s not saying that everyone should be a Christian or everyone should be a believer, but it’s a recognition that God does exist and to live a healthy life and that faith is important”, said Rev. Dan Chun of the First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu.
“We’re not going to be threatened by a suit. I think it came down to everybody’s individual process on how to conduct their spiritual business”, said Senator Brickwood Galuteria.
We did speak with Mitch Kahle, who started the ruckus last year. He says the decision is a victory for the people and just another step in the quest for lawmakers to follow the laws.
It all started here when leftie pigscum activists stated a fight over prayer in the Senate
Hawaii’s state Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill to celebrate ‘Islam Day’–over the objections of a few lawmakers who said they didn’t want to honor a religion connected to Sept. 11th.
FOX NEWS — 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.
“We are a state of tolerance (for everyone but Christians). 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.” (To celebrate Islam anything is an insult to all Americans, another reason why Hawaii should never have become a state)
“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.