Hawaii Lawmakers Pass Bill to Create 'Islam Day'

According to Comedy Central FoxNews, Hawaii has declared a day for Islam. To be honest, my first thoughts are a bit of a revulsion. Perhaps it’s that separation of Church and State thing. Not sure. But I will give it time to develop.

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.

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Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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  1. Another way our politicians are inserting themselves into our lives…let people celebrate their religion, but why do we have to acknowledge any religion by declaring a special day? What a waste of our politicans’ time…aren’t they there to focus on real issues? They also claim they had no other choice but to raise our taxes on small business and the hotel room tax because it was the “only way they could balance our budget”. They even did an override of our governor’s veto of these tax increases yesterday…of course they only cut 5% of their own pay increase…that’s why I’m:TOOHP Tired Of Our Hawaii Politicans

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