Mar 17 2011
Muslims are getting their panties in a wad over a proposed Tennessee law that would make following the Islamic code known as Shari’a law a felony, punishable by 15 years in jail.
–USA TODAY – State Sen. Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro, and state Rep. Judd Matheny, R-Tullahoma, introduced the same bill in the Senate and House last week. It calls Sharia law a danger to homeland security and gives the attorney general authority to investigate complaints and decide who’s practicing it.
It exempts peaceful practice of Islam but labels any adherence to Sharia law — which includes religious practices such as feet washing and prayers — as treasonous. It claims Shariah adherents want to replace the Constitution with their religious law. A dozen other states are considering anti-Shariah bills, and there’s a federal lawsuit in Oklahoma over one.
WBIR – Wednesday night, East Tennessee Muslims openly discussed a part of their faith that has become a controversial topic in the state. From talk radio to the state capitol, there are concerns that the “Sharia Law” is connected to terrorism. At the meeting, local muslims held an open forum in an effort to explain their religion and dispel some fear and misunderstanding.
In front of a small crowd, Nadeem Siddiqi tried to explain “Sharia.” “I think the best thing is to create dialogue, and with dialogue is understanding,” said Siddiqi. He says it’s something most Muslims live by, and it has no ties to terrorism. “It’s like a framework of information that helps guide Muslims in their daily lives,” explained Siddiqi. (DING DING DING -‘ taqiyya’ Islamic deception – alert!)
He said he is confused by all this talk against his religion. Fellow Muslim, William Coley put the meeting together at the Blount County Library to try and educate people on the facts.
Tennessee Senator Bill Ketron has introduced a bill against what he calls “Homegrown Terrorism.” However, many interpret it as making the practice of “Sharia,” a crime.
“I think it misguided. It really affects Muslims on a broad level. For practicing Islam, I would get 15 years in jail,” said Siddiqi. (ONLY 15?)
However, in a press release on Senator Ketron’s website from February, he said, “This is not about religious rights or about those who practice islamic beliefs. It’s about protecting our citizens from acts of terrorism…”
Siddiqi said “Sharia” and terrorism do not mix, “The muslim community condemns terrorism. Terrorism is completely prohibited by “Sharia.” It is not something we support. It is prohibited and we would work with anyone to stop that. Banning Islam is not that solution.” (Yes, it IS)