Hawaii Lawmakers Back The Creation Of "Islam Day"

Hawaii's state Senate has 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. 11, 2001.

The resolution to proclaim Sept. 24, 2009, as Islam Day passed the Senate on a 22-3 vote Wednesday. It previously passed the House.

The measure now goes to the governor.

The bill seeks to recognize "the rich religious, scientific, cultural and artistic contributions" that Islam and the Islamic world have made.

But the Senate's two Republicans argued that radical Islamists cheered the 9/11 attacks. They also noted that other religions didn't have a special day honored.

The lone Democrat voting in dissent opposed it on church-state
separation fears.


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  • by Rick Location: Greenville on May 7, 2009 at 08:15 AM
    The Democrat Party is amazing. All of you Democrats who disagree with this need to realize that your party will facilitate moves like this all over the country for years to come until our country is unrecognizable.
  • by It's coming on May 7, 2009 at 06:39 AM
    "We cannot expect the Americans to jump from capitalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving Americans small doses of socialism until they suddenly awake to find they have Communism." - Soviet Leader Nikita Khrushchev, 1959
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on May 7, 2009 at 05:56 AM
    To John: I've heard many people say that Islam is a religion of peace, but I recall thousands of Palestinians taking to the streets in celebration after the 9/11 attacks. I have yet to see the first Muslim anywhere denounce those attacks or any of the thousands of acts of terrorism over the years committed by Islamic terrorists. I’m not buying the whole religion of peace propaganda. Now to have Hawaii give Islam a State Holiday is akin to having Nazi day during WWII.
  • by Wayne Location: Havelock on May 7, 2009 at 04:44 AM
    And if this happens, then we need a special day for EVERY single other religion. If this doesn't happen, everyone will say that we hate certain religions. But heck, why not, we get black history month but can't have a white history month. So why not sensationalize one over the other. NOT!
  • by kay Location: greenville on May 7, 2009 at 02:09 AM
    it is obvious that obama and his Islam is taking over slowly how much of a moron does it take i wont celebrate Islam day all the men and women who have died in the name of Islam and now they want to celebrate it
  • by Loves Coldplay Location: Greenville on May 6, 2009 at 11:29 PM
    Mr.T, loved your comment, you are so right! I'm an atheist, but celebrating Islam is kinda out there! I'm pretty sure N.C. won't make Islam a holiday! Hasta Manana!!
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on May 6, 2009 at 10:38 PM
    Islam Day is the day my family is going to put a little American Flag on our mailbox..... Please do the same!
  • by John Location: Greenville on May 6, 2009 at 08:58 PM
    Ok, so, let me get this straight. How long will it take people to stop blaming the entirety of one religion for the actions of a few radical extremists? If you know anything, and I mean ANYTHING, about the religion of Islam, is that it promotes PEACE! I haven't read the Quran or anything like that, but I still know the basics. Jeez, its almost like the Crusades all over again, and they turned out really great, didn't they? By the way, back in the day, the Christians did FAR WORSE to the Muslim nations.
  • by Anonymous on May 6, 2009 at 08:35 PM
    Something else to make you soldier worshipping, flag waving, judeo christian hypocrites foam at the mouth. I think it's hilarious.
  • by Ank Location: Greenville on May 6, 2009 at 08:32 PM
    Sunshine, we could also live in peace if man had never invented religion.
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