Hawaii Lawmakers Pass Bill to Create ‘Islam Day’

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HONOLULU — Hawaii’s state Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill Wednesday to  celebrate “Islam  Day” — over the objections of a few lawmakers who said they didn’t want to  honor a religion connected to Sept. 11, 2001.

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. It had previously passed the House and now goes to Republican Gov. Linda  Lingle.

The bill seeks to recognize “the rich religious, scientific, cultural and  artistic contributions” that Islam and the Islamic world have made. It does not  call for any spending or organized celebration of Islam Day.

“We are a state of tolerance. 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.”

But Republican Sen. Sam Slom argued that the United  States has become too sympathetic toward Islamic extremists.

“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.

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6 responses to “Hawaii Lawmakers Pass Bill to Create ‘Islam Day’

  1. Well, now that! That is EXTREMELY STUPID!!!!
    You give them an inch and they will take a 100 miles!

  2. Angry Patriot

    What date is Judaism Day?

    • Good luck with that one. They want Christmas gone. Santa gets arrested, a Christmas trees become holiday trees. Have they forgot what happened on 9/11?

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