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March 25, 2011

Tennessee Amends Anti-Shariah Bill

Tennessee lawmakers are rewriting a bill that described Islamic law as a threat to U.S. security and seemed to equate peaceful Muslim practices with terrorism.

State Sen. Bill Ketron and House Speaker Pro Tempore Judd Matheny, both Republicans, offered the revision after questions arose about the proposed bill's constitutionality.

"The revision reflects our original intention to prevent or deter violent or terrorist acts, but does so without any room for misinterpretation regarding the language's affect on peaceful religious
practices," said Ketron.

Muslim and civil liberty organizations strongly criticized the original bill, saying its focus on Shariah law unfairly targeted Muslims and equated religious rituals such as dietary restrictions with
terrorism.

The bill now contains no references to Islam, but will allow Tennessee to prosecute those who offer financial or material support to known terrorist entities.

"I think it's a victory for common sense and legislative restraint," Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, told The Tennessean. "This is a win for Tennessee's Muslim community."

Comments

THE REVISED LAW HAS GOOD INTENTIONS AND SHOULD COVER SOME RADICAL ELEMENTS. I WONDER WHAT RESTRICTIONS DOES IT TAKE TOWARD INEQUALITY TOWARD WOMEN. SUCH AS BEATINGS AT WILL OF WIVES, HONOR KILLINGS, ETC. DOES IT COVER PREACHING THE OVERTHROW AND EXTERMINATION OF USA AND THE JEWS???? THE KORAN DOES INSTRUCT THE KILLING OF THE INFIDELS AND DEATH TO THOSE SWITCHING TO ANOTHER RELIGION... WE DON'T NEED THAT "RELIGION" IN OUR COUNTRY OR WE WILL END UP LIKE ENGLAND, FRANCE, SPAIN, AND OTHERS.