Tennessee bill would make it a crime to practice Sharia law
Men pray on the street before the start of the American Muslim Day Parade last year in New York.
March 6th, 2011
01:59 PM ET

Tennessee bill would make it a crime to practice Sharia law

Editor's Note: CNN’s Soledad O’Brien chronicles the dramatic fight over the construction of a mosque in the heart of the Bible belt. “Unwelcome: The Muslims Next Door," airs March 27 at 8 p.m. ET.

Murfreesboro, Tennessee, has been the epicenter of a months-long battle over the construction of a new mosque in the Nashville suburb. It's one example of many concerning Muslims in America, and how cities and communities are responding to efforts to build Islamic places of worship.

That battle got fiercer when two state lawmakers, one representing Murfreesboro, introduced legislation that would make it a felony to practice Sharia law, which includes lessons found in the Quran, the holy book of Islam, and which can inform how Muslims live their everyday lives, including prayer rituals. Many Muslims consider Sharia law to outline basic tenets of living a moral life. What is Sharia law?

State Sen. Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro, and state Rep. Judd Matheny, R-Tullahoma, who are backing the same bill in the Senate and House, describe Sharia law as dangerous to U.S. national security, according to the Tennessean newspaper. The bill grants Tennessee's attorney general the power to investigate complaints about anyone who might be practicing Sharia law.

The possible punishment for practicing Sharia law is 15 years behind bars.

Last year, construction equipment on the site of a planned mosque in Murfreesboro was torched, and police suspect arson. Signs on the mosque property were vandalized with spray paint reading, "Not welcome." Two other proposed Islamic centers in Tennessee stoked much controversy last year.  A Crusaders' cross was spray-painted on the side of a Nashville mosque, next to the words, "Muslims go home." In Williamson County, not far from Murfreesboro, plans to build a mosque were quashed after residents complained a turn lane into the building would be too costly. The debate over a mosque near ground zero in New York is still raging. The U.S. Justice Department supports the Murfreesboro mosque.

Tennessee isn't the first state to consider anti-Sharia law legislation. Oklahoma passed a similar bill last year. This month Missouri House Speaker Steve Tilley said he would support a bill that "maintains that U.S. law shall take precedence in U.S. courts," according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Tilley referenced a case, frequently cited in the debate concerning the Oklahoma law, in which a New Jersey judge relied on Islamic law to rule in a case involving domestic violence.

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  1. Pras

    In some Muslim countries (for example Saudi Arabia), they jail people if they are found with a Bible. In Pakistan, people are getting death sentences if they are suspected of speaking against the "Prophet". If they want to implement their Sharia law, they should do it at where they came from. They want to implement their laws, while they deny basic human rights for other faiths in their countries. If Islam is a religion of peace, why is so much unrest and oppression in Muslim majority countries? Islam is religion of violence and strife and their religious book confirms that.

    March 6, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • LivinginVA

      They have not asked for Sharia Law to be implemented.

      March 6, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • rue morgue

      My Sharia by The Knack, 1979

      Oh my little pretty one, pretty one
      When you gonna give me some time Sharia
      When you make my motor run, my motor run
      Gun it coming, off the line Sharia

      *Never gonna stop, give it up
      Such a dirty mind, always get it up
      For the touch of the younger kind
      My my my i yi woo
      My my my my Sharia

      Come a little closer huh, ah will ya huh,
      Close enough to look in my eyes Sharia
      Keeping it a mystery gets to me

      Running down the length of my thighs Sharia

      (Repeat *)

      When you gonna give it to me
      Give it to me
      It's just a matter of time Sharia
      Is it just destiny, destiny
      Or is it just a game in my mind Sharia

      (Repeat *)

      March 6, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. tommy

    Kill all fukkin arabs

    March 6, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Come on tommy,cout the Tea Party lingo,please! The English language is quite extensive as it is without the profanity so you don't have to talk or blog like a Tea Partier to make a point!!!

      March 6, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Sorry tommy about the missprint above. I meant to print "cut",not "cout". My apologies.

      March 6, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • judge-mental

      and darn it Frank quit spelling like a first grader.... c'mon man. Bad enough being a commie liberal and all, learn to manipulate the keyboard like you do the minority classes.

      March 7, 2011 at 5:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. Hal

    Are these people for real? Life is tough enough without being being fearful of non-issues. Send these people to the Bay Area for sensitivity training. They'll learn that it's possible for people of all races and religions to live side by side with no major problems. After they've been indoctrinated, send them back, please!

    March 6, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • judge-mental

      sensitivity training in the Bay area..... uh yah... thats sounds so strange I can't put my funger on it, butt, you know.

      March 7, 2011 at 5:22 am | Report abuse |
    • joe

      ooooh, sensitivity training, i know which area would be the first to fall on its knees to another country if we were ever attacked.

      March 7, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. Kerry Berger

    This new law will end up being struck down by the US Supreme Court as a violation of separation of Church and State, plain and simple. Sharia Law as with Jewish Law or laws of marriage and against divorce in the Roman Catholic Church are subordinate to the laws of the United States of America. So where is the need for this new law, which obviously is playing to the fears and ignorance of the masses of Americans in this country.

    March 6, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • LivinginVA


      March 6, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Get It Strait

      the thing is that Jewish and Catholic rules/laws DON'T conflict with us law. It's not illegal to not put cheese on a burger, nor is it not illegal to stay married, but it IS AGAINST US law to murder someone. Sharia law states that if someone strays from Islam, or is blasphemous, they are to be put to death, and to add to that, whoever does the killing, gets extra blessings from allah.

      March 6, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      Get it Straight: You have obviously never read the Bible. There is just as much violence. And just as many extremists. Google Buddhist terrorists. Every religion preaches violence, and every religion has its extremists. The media just focuses on one while laughing off the other.

      March 6, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      'the thing is that Jewish and Catholic rules/laws DON'T conflict with us law'
      its not a question of conflicting, its a question of using that instead of us laws.

      March 6, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Upperhand

      You obviously need to pull your head out from where the sun don't shine and learn the difference between the supposed "peaceful" practice of Sharia and the jihadi practice of Sharia...you don't expect Americans who care about this country to sit back and watch our govt. implement international laws as well as Sharia laws right along side our U.S. courts now do you??? Its time for Americans who care to wake up and let their voices be known!!!

      March 6, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinkingman

      Get It Strait said "Sharia law states that if someone strays from Islam, or is blasphemous, they are to be put to death, and to add to that, whoever does the killing, gets extra blessings from allah."

      Try reading Deuteronomy 13, THEN tell us all how Sharia law differs from Jewish and Catholic teachings. The Bible says exactly the same thing you attribute to Sharia law, and which you consider dangerous.

      March 6, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Like a Thief in the Night

      "For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall be surely put to death: he hath cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him." Leviticus 20:9

      March 6, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer

      Yeah, but when someone quotes the Bible in court as an excuse for their actions, they're treated with the disdain that observes.

      A judge in New Jersey, just last year, ruled that Sharia law was an acceptable excuse for a man to force his ... ah ... attentions on his wife.

      THAT is what states are trying to prevent.

      Sharia law is NOT Islam. It is a codified set of rules that certain fringe muslims live by. Let people practice Islam, but leave the horrific laws out of this country, please.

      March 6, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnny Muslim

      Bla Bla Muslim this Muslim that who cares!

      March 6, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Upperhand

      @ Thinkingman –
      @ Like a Thief in the Night

      You both obviously know absolutley nothing about Christianity, because if you did you'd know that you are quoting O.T. scriptures which NO LONGER APPLY'S TO MODERN DAY CHRISTIANITY!!! Those laws were written for the Children of Israel, meaning the HEBREWS., NOT CHRISTIANS!!!

      Those laws DO NOT APPLY TO CHRISTIANS TODAY!!! Unlike the practicioners of the
      "religion of pieces" who practice terrorist attacks DAILY...Christians do not go around stoning or beheading anyone.

      March 6, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nursehope

      get it strai8t: oops! someone forgot to refer to Mormon doctrines whereby men take more than one wife. Darn! That just isn't legal and those guys are Christians! Wait!!?? Catholic priests have been sodomizing small children for decades. Shucks! Another illegality...AND they are Christians too! Here is another Christian illegal "peculiarity": got a dying child or relative???Just refuse medical care AND pray to your god instead. Kill your relative in the process but American Christians look the other way because it is convenient. Hypocrites all=Christians. Clean your own house of worship B-4 criticizing others! sheesh

      March 6, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • paperjihad

      This is just another case of political grandstanding to distract from real issues such as unemployment and a sagging economy. The politicians don't seem to have the answers to the real problems other than to create diversions for Americans to rally behind.

      March 6, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sensible American

      Right on, Kerry. Jewish law does not conflict with the US, and the law directly states that Jews have an obligation to follow the law of the land. Islam states that there are instances where you must kill your wife or daughter, and they are for instances as commonplace as talking to a boy from a different branch of the religion. Jewish law would implement the death penalty for adultery, but stipulates this could only be done in a Jewish kingdom ordained by God (which can only be created in Israel). Sharia law holds that Muslims anywhere have the right to kill.

      March 6, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will

      The law doesn't go far enough. It would do this country some good to completely ban all organized religions.

      March 6, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jonas

      Deuteronomy 13??

      what a bunch of morons. People are trying to equate a passage in the Bible that was to be used to rule over the Jews more than 3000 years ago with Sharia Law that is used today? Am I the only one that sees this stupidity???? When a Christian kills in the name of God, most of us if not all call him/her a crackpot. A Muslim who kills in the name of Allah is considered a hero and a warrior.

      think about it and stop trying to bash Christianity which believe it or not, has been the foundation of this country since the beginning.

      March 6, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kelly

      Although the New Jersey decision was overturned on appeal there should be a clear and concise law stating that Sharia Law is illegal in America. The appeal only addressed one aspect of Sharia, other judges could rule on other parts of Sharia and each would have to be appealed...make it clear in law now.

      March 6, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dennis

      @Julie almost every religion preaches violence. Jainism are an exception.

      March 6, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • ZeroGods

      @Upperhand: Wow, that's great to know the rules get refreshed from time to time. When's the next scheduled update?

      March 6, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott from NH

      As an American Jew I have this to say to the Muslims in Tennessee: Come up to New Hampshire. Upside: You will be much more welcome here. The business climate is better. We have oceans, mountains, and skiing. Downside: It's a whole lot colder than Tennessee.

      March 6, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Helmut Scheiss

      Only US citizens are protected under US laws. Otherwise, you have NO rights in the US.

      March 6, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      @Julie, Thinkingman and so many others: I cannot believe you people. Yes, that is absolutely right that the Bible says or teaches horrific things too, but that is NOT the case here. You're beating around the wrong bush. This is not about the Bible being better than the Quaran, this is about following what the books tell us. Christians do not do the "bad" things that the Bible tells says (in the name of God), but Muslims tend to follow their Quaran word by word literaly. That is the difference ! And that is dangerous. And that is the topic here. Unbelievable how many people are playing smart but have no clue what the debate is all about. Geez...Wise up !!!

      March 6, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • rickfro

      @Get it strait – Have you read the Jewish laws in the Hebrew Bible? They allow slavery. The laws command killing children who are disobedient. This is not a slam against Judiaism, it's just that some laws are understood to be cultural and dated, much like some Islamic laws.

      March 6, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • No2Sharia

      Get It Straight has it right. Just wait, you'll see...this will open the door to many conflicts as Muslims try to hide the fact that islam is a militant way of life...it's not a religion only. It is a complete ordained way of life that must be followed or else. From relations...to eating...to praying...to raising children....to punishing by death those who leave Islam...just wait you;ll see.

      March 6, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Government Please

      Islam and Christianity are just two sides of the same coin. Both have promoted violence, slavery, war, suppression of women's rights, etc, etc, etc. When will you people stop listening to witchdoctors?

      March 6, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • StudiedReligeon

      I cannot believe the ignorant comments being made with so little understanding...
      1) Jesus by most scientific accounts, would be of middle eastern decent
      2) Koran/Torah/Old Testament as very similar
      3) Most religions have sensible reasons for why they have specific rules in place.

      March 6, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      @To the smarty "Big Government Please". This is NOT about the Bible being better than the Quaran or vice-versa. This is about following some of the violence or the bad things that they promote. Almost all Christians are following the New Testament, btw, in case you didn't know. But regardless, New or Old Testament, Christians around the world do not follow them world by world. Most muslims do (their Quaran), and that is the problem. Get it ?

      March 7, 2011 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
    • caretoask

      Last year several people were arrested in Lansing Michigan for passing out Christian literature across the street from an Arab Festival. Under Sharia law it's called proselytizing: trying to convert people to another religion. They were arrested and charged and went to court, but the case was thrown out because in America we have freedom of speech. People in American had better pay attention because Muslims do practice their laws here in this country, you just aren't aware of it, if you don't interract with Muslims.

      March 7, 2011 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Big Government Please

      @ Mary,
      If it were true that Christians held to the New Testament, then there would be a lot of things that never happened. Let's see: the Crusades (golden rule), slavery (again, golden rule), oppression of women (even more golden rule), the Holocaust (need I say it?), should I go on? All these, plus many more, were done by people that followed the New Testament. Don't get me wrong, atheists are just as bad (see Mao, Stalin, etc.). My point is that the mass of humanity is evil. Some just use religion to mask their evil.
      BTW, the name is a misnomer. I'm actually a Libertarian.

      March 7, 2011 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      ". . .THEN tell us all how Sharia law differs from Jewish and Catholic teachings."

      There are countries in which it is punishable by death to leave Islam for another religion. There are no countries in which it is punishable by death to leave Judaism or Catholicism for another religion.

      March 7, 2011 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Zach N

      @ upperhand and jonas
      Ever heard of a Christian killing an abortion doctor being considered heroic by other Christians. Because they think their biblical laws carry more moral authority than US laws. But I don't have an irrational fear that all Christians are out to kill me if I support abortions.

      March 7, 2011 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
    • zz

      @Big Gov - Agreed that religion is easily subverted by the power-hungry.

      BTW "Libertarian" is just a mask for less militant tea crybabies. Might want to consider that before trotting it out so proudly.

      March 7, 2011 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Soporifix

      The Bible states that it is legal to kill someone for any number of actions: being a witch, wearing two kinds of cloth in the same piece of clothing, being disrespectful to your parents. . .

      March 7, 2011 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Whatever

      The bible has been revised over the last thousand years, unless your reading the old versions of the bible, they have done away with many of the archaic laws that violently punished people for non-belief and various behavior.

      March 7, 2011 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Edwin

      @Get It Strait: if Sharia Law is in conflict with U.S. Law, there should be no problem - it would AUTOMATICALLY be illegal to do those acts, because they are against U.S. Law.

      It always has been and always will be against the law in the U.S. for someone to violate U.S. law... this is a no-brainer. So what is this Tennessee bill supposed to accomplish?

      There are parts of Sharia Law that are perfectly reasonable - according to Hanafi Law (one version of Sharia Law), it is legal for muslims to help build churches. Would the Tennessee bill make it illegal for muslims to do so?

      March 7, 2011 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
    • forwardbias

      Jesus or Moses did not give a complete lifestyle or a code of law where as Muhammad did. That worked well in the past but has turned out to be a backdrop now when human values have evolved. I say, make all religious church or all ostentatious religious activities illegal. All problems solved.

      March 7, 2011 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Cee Kay

      The intelligent among us hope that someday humanity will wake from the dark ages of religion. Religion is a man-made construct which has been used to enslave societies for ages. The evils wrought upon humanity in the name of religion are unsurpassed. Someday humanity will grow up, realize that religion is an infantile delusion, and only then will any of us be truly free.

      March 7, 2011 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Ration

      Actually humanity did growup and once tried to do away with religion, its called communism. All people were declared equal and all religion was outlawed. Strating with Soviet Union all the way to Cuba. However, as good as that evolution of thought was, pepple were not ready to accept it. Human nature needs a belief system. We need to belive. Religion should be used for self growth directed to self and should not be preached or forced or doctorined. Relating to this thread, outlawing shariah practice is not the solution. Promotion of education is the way, show the muslims the other side of the truth!

      March 7, 2011 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Dreat

      They want Sharia Go to the middle east pratice it there. If you are in the US, you must follow US federal law. WHen in the middle east the US law is not allowed so why be hippocrates.

      March 7, 2011 at 4:11 am | Report abuse |
    • glenn

      Of course the laws will be struck down! Good Christians marched 6 million Jews to the ovens not to long ago!

      March 7, 2011 at 4:37 am | Report abuse |
    • glenn

      All religious law will be subordinate to US law!

      March 7, 2011 at 4:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Craig

      Exactly Kerry

      March 7, 2011 at 5:44 am | Report abuse |
    • wallster

      Tennessee intolerant?... really?.... c'mon now, they're sorta ok with the color'ds there now.

      March 7, 2011 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
    • she

      That is correct. It's sad that the general public seems unaware of the heiarchy of our law enforcement. It is also disturbing that those in government posiitons at the state level would rather waste tax payer dollars on the time wasted writing laws that are redundant and uneccessary. Shame, shame on them.

      March 7, 2011 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Bobby McKenzie

      Hey, guys if you don't understand the meaning of the Bible, don't misinterpret it. You are referring to the old testament. Try reading the new testament.

      March 7, 2011 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Dubhly

      @ZZ libertarian is not anouther name for tea baggers....they have been aroiund for years and actually try to get their own candidates elected. they want a smaller government, not a "just our opinion government" like the baggers.

      March 7, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Nukdookum

      Thrown out by the Supreme Court like the similar law that passed in Oklahoma?

      March 7, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Shane - Ozark

      As a christian I would put God's law first – US law second. as long as there is not a conflict (and there isn't) I am ok. I would expect nothing less from a Muslim. US law doesn't trump anything.

      The US can't make a religious lifestyle illegal – only a specific act can be considered illegal (regardless if it is for a religious purpose or not). Peganism is not illegal – but a human sacrifice would be.

      NOTE** Just because a movement is spearheaded by mainly Christians doesn't mean it's a Christian value and just because a Christian may not support gay marrage does not mean that they hate gay people.

      March 7, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul Rifenberg

      You are, unfortunately....probably right. Freedom of Religion is one of the basic tenants of our democracy, and is engrained in the Bill of Rights. The problem is that Sharia LAW ( the law, not the religion....) endorses and accepts certain things not permitted under State or Federal law. Or, it bans things acceptable to state or federal law. You can't have TWO sets of laws in this country, one for practictioners of the Muslim faith and one for everyone else. So the legal argument will be based on that premise, and not on allowing freedom of how one worships.

      March 7, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Sir Preston

      I think we should take a look at how the Muslims have affected England and France. This may give us some perspective on what to expect.

      March 7, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  5. rickrockin

    As far as all the other idiots cryihg about the spelling, who cares!! As long as u get ur point across!!! U people need to get a life!!!

    March 6, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spelling Police

      It's spelled crying not cryihg. Maybe we should burn a cross in your yard for that error.

      March 6, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pam

      Why? Because when you are so lazy you don't care how you spell something you look ignorant. This belittles your argument and leaves you looking like you don't know what you're talking about. So really, you should care more than anyone.

      March 6, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dennis

      If you can't spell then you're probably not smart enough to teach us anything.

      March 6, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kamarasune

    I see the government just using this as a platform to dictate doctrine to all faiths. Next they will require us to have a microchip implant...

    March 6, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      and that, my friend, is a sign of the end times. Even so, Lord Jesus, come quickly.

      March 6, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nursehope

      your tin-foil hat is on waaaaay too tight. And the Dan man who replied is missing the point.

      March 6, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      @nursehope- no, I didn't miss the point. There WILL come a day when you will be forced to take a microchip, either in the right hand or forehead. The justification will be "your security". You will not be able to buy food, gad, etc without it. The mark of the beast, while indeed 666, will be an electronic tracking device. We already do it for our animals and pets. You can be sure it is coming! Maybe not in OUR lifetime, but your children or grandchildren will indeed have to either accept or reject it.

      It matters not if you believe this will happen (but I do challenge you to do a little research and see the research already being done on chipping humans- it's happening!).

      March 6, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • The South Will Rise Up

      Flames reach higher!

      March 7, 2011 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      @Dan, I love how your so sure you've figured out the literal interpretation to a prophecy that for thousands of years no one has been able to pin down. I'm sure God has chosen you specifically to give us clearer understanding of a prophecy that he himself didn't feel needed to be explained. It's not that I'm arguing with you that there may be a mark of the beast or that Jesus is coming again, but I argue with your adamant deceleration that a "microchip" is this mark. So your basically saying that God is going to judge whether a man is fit for eternity based on whether he has a piece of technology fitting into his body or not. This couldn't be further from the message of Christ where we are told that we shall be judged by whether we fed the hungry, clothed the naked, housed the homeless, etc. So much easier to just refuse medicine/technology then to do what you were asked to do.

      March 7, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  7. pkb

    More McCarthyism. These people in Tenniessee don't know the hell what Sharia law is. The GOP are a bunch of wackos!!!

    March 6, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Upperhand

      You don't know what Sharia is, because if you did you wouldn't want it here in America.

      March 6, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnny Muslim

      The people who brought us the Scopes monkey trial. Tennessee is retarded and scared of practically everything. Basically this country is full of scared idiots who believe in ghosts

      March 6, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Upperhand

      They tested mouthwash on Monkeys?

      March 6, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • No2Sharia

      Upperhand...true that...true that.

      March 6, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Soporifix

      The real and immediate threat of Christian fundamentalism is far more frightening to me than the nonexistent threat of Sharia law taking over the US.

      March 7, 2011 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  8. Chuck

    This is insane. When will it end? Wake up people. The muslim people are taking over the world and we are letting them. First it was clothing and how we discriminated them, then Christmas made them sad, then the veils and other clothing again, then they flew some planes into our buildings (yeah I know it was Al Qaeda, but many in Canada and the USA knew about it and praised it when it happened), now mosques and parades. Last time I checked this was Canada and America not Canadaistan or Americaistan. Enough is enough I am 100% Canadian and not hyphenated. My grandparents came to Canada for a better life and changed to be Canadian (Norwegian and German) right before WWII. They fought for their new country and were proud to be Canadian. These new people coming to Canada and the USA are not. They want to change us to their way of life. NEWSFLASH Their country sucks and is full of wars...our Canadians and Americans are fighting them for them...so why would they escape from it only to try and change us to their way....because they are trying to take over everything. That is the muslim mandate. Simple. It's time we said enough is enough...pull our guys out of Iraq and Afghanistan....let them kill each other and kick out every single Canadian and American that doesn't claim 100% Canadian or American...we would have to if we went to their garbage dump countries or get killed. Time to start booting out those that are not willing to change in exchange for a passport and the privilege of being Canadian or American. Yes Canada and the USA are melting pot places, but the muslims are not willing to do that...they keep trying to change us...I don't want them here anymore and would be happy to see them all get sent packing.

    March 6, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Waterfront

      AMEN, YOU SAID IT BEST ! I agree with 1000% ! They need to preach Muslim and keep their laws in their INSANE countries and stay out of ours ! WAKE UP AMERICA, ARE YOU THAT IGNORANT !

      March 6, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Upperhand

      You got that right Waterfront – America is the land of the ignorant.

      March 6, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • KRS1

      I think you've done enough thinking for one day, Chuck.

      March 6, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnny Muslim

      You wasted your time typing all that.......your an idiot

      March 6, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      Brilliant reply chuck. Couldn't agree with ya more. If the muslims were a peaceful people I would not mind, but look what happens in the middle east to people who believe in Jesus Christ as their personal savior. Christians are persacuted for their beliefs. The Muslim Somalia pirates killed those 4 people on their yacht about a week ago. Muslims are evil and they gotta go.

      March 6, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teo

      Wow, a person can really learn a lot from these comments. For instance, I had no idea that Canadians were into Meth! I thought Meth use was limited to a few toothless southern hicks. Apparently, it's use (and side affects like paranoia) is spreading faster than Muslim intolerance.

      If the crazies have their way, they will be rounding up Muslims and forcing them into ghettos. Hmmm, where have we heard that before????

      March 7, 2011 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
    • nheckt

      Johnny Muslim- You are a Loser!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      March 7, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Iconoclast

      Yeah, like Catholics are trying to take over the world by breeding like rats! Their misogynist clergy has NEVER denounced their Irish terrorist followers either.

      March 8, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  9. Julie

    If Muslims can't practice, then neither can any other religion. Close churches, rip down crosses, abandon synagogues. No religion is better or safer than any other. A crusaders cross....wow.....it really does feel like 1096 A.D in here.

    March 6, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Upperhand

      You're an idiot!!! For real!!!

      March 6, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Waterfront

      Go to the Middle East and practice, practice, practice YOUR religions, we DON'T like your type here ! Plain and simple !

      March 6, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnny Muslim

      I agree this country was founded on open practice of any religion

      March 6, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • The South Will Rise Up

      I dont like that thar Obama ya huck!!!

      March 7, 2011 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Timehascome

      Julie & the rest of 'religion' apologists, wake up. No one said Muslims could not pray. But NO, they cannot implement their LAW – that is 'SHARIA LAW' here. NO 'honor' killings allowed here, NO killing of apostates, atheists, gays, infidels here in USA! Everyone in USA must follow USA laws, NOT Sharia laws. Isn't that obvious?? No 'parallel' society following a different set of rules can be allowed inside our country – that would be insane and would soon gut our own way of life.

      March 7, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
    • lordpet

      US laws cannot be superceded by other laws. What are you worried about?

      March 7, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  10. JHA in Texas

    Republicans need to focus on Job Creation and stop with these stupid distractions. They were elected on State & Federal positions by campaign promise Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, not to repeal healthcare, defund abortion or waste time on legislation that has no chance of becoming law. Millions of unemployed people need you to do your job. One out of every seven American families are recieving Food Assistance from the government. Need the Jobs legislation today, now tomorrow!

    March 6, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Waterfront

      Wow, I'm fired up tonight ! SO MANY DUMB-A DEMOCRAPS on here, Republicans focus on job growth ! HAVE YOU LOST YOUR MIND, Mr. Osama, Oops Obama is the President of the USA last time I checked WHOM is responsible to CREATE jobs, NOT the REPUBS ! IGNORANT and STUPID ! WOW

      March 6, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Upperhand

      You tell em Waterfront! Now let's go get out welfare and unemployment checks from the govment.

      March 6, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • KRS1

      I love this. When complete retards start bashing democrats, saying such stupid things that they do nothing but make themselves and their party look like a bunch of idiots. Anybody with half a brain who reads your comment will think you are unintelligent.

      March 6, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • KRS1

      To clarify.. I was talking about Waterfront, not JHA in Texas.

      March 6, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Republicans focus on job creation???!! LOL
      Did you ever believe that they would?
      They are to busy intervening in womens rights to focus on stuff like job creation, deficit reduction..
      They have however been working hard to BLOCK every job creating bill that has come to the Senate...
      Also they had to first ADD $700 BILLIONS to the deficit by giving the super rich an extra tax-break...

      March 7, 2011 at 6:02 am | Report abuse |
  11. ZeroGods

    If there's any chance that practices like sharia law could influence laws in the US, then I would definitely support legislation to prevent that from happening. Sharia law is barbaric, and there's no reason that anyone living here should have to suffer under it. Freedom to practice your religion does not extend to trampling on other people's rights.

    Still, the language surrounding this debate is surely being amped up to excite the electorate. Shoring up our laws so that they cannot be weakened/contradicted by foreign influences ought to be a mundane, technical, uncontroversial task (if it's even necessary at all). Instead, it's coming across as the christians trying to stick it to the muslims. Would it be too much to ask this issue be handled with some dignity and grace?

    March 6, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • LivinginVA

      It is not actually necessary. Civil Law trumps religious law. In fact, the only examples of a religion forcing it's views on the American public are Christian (Sunday liquor laws are one of the big ones!)

      March 6, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Waterfront

      You telling me the Christians are to blame for me not getting alcohol on Sunday? I say we kick them out as well.

      March 6, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. max

    Lots of frightened people in Tennessee

    March 6, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Waterfront

      Lots of SMART People in Tenn, they know what Sharia Law can do, NOW that IS Smart !

      March 6, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnny Muslim

      Inbreeding for some unknown reason causes people to fear almost anything. Researchers are doing more studies on inbreeding to find out why it seems to only happen in the Southern United States.

      March 6, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Upperhand

      Waterfront – I just read that Sharia law allows you to marry your cousins. That would make our marraiges legal!

      March 6, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • glenn

      Yes! One down below

      March 7, 2011 at 4:44 am | Report abuse |
  13. Upperhand

    "Islamophobia": The fear of speaking out against the rapidly growing religion/ideology that is out to repress all who do not follow its doctrine.

    March 6, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Upperhand

    "Those who know nothing about Islam pretend that Islam counsels against war. Those people are witless. Islam says: 'Kill all the unbelievers just as they would kill you all!' Does this mean that Muslims should sit back until they are devoured by the infidel? Islam says: 'Kill them, put them to the sword and scatter them.' Islam says: 'Whatever good there is exists thanks to the sword.' The sword is the key to Paradise, which can be opened only for the Holy Warriors! Does all this mean that Islam is a religion that prevents men from waging war? I spit upon those foolish souls who make such a claim." – Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini

    March 6, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Waterfront

      Right on Upperhand!! Do you have a quote from Hitler?

      March 6, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian Macker

      Waterfront, That's pretty mainstream Islam. It's the way a majority of the most respected Imams talk, when they are speaking Arabic. It's also exactly what the Qur'an preaches.

      March 7, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  15. Upperhand

    "Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it.

    No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step..." – Sir Winston Churchill

    March 6, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
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