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Fears About Shariah Law Take Hold In Tennessee

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It’s getting tougher to be a Republican in some parts of the country while also fully accepting the practice of Islam.

In Tennessee, an incumbent in the U.S. House found herself on the defensive after being called soft on Shariah law, the code that guides Muslim beliefs and actions. And the state’s governor has been forced to explain why he hired a Muslim.

Lee Douglas, a dentist just south of Nashville and an anti-Shariah activist, points to the Muslim woman hired in Tennessee’s economic development office as evidence of an “infiltration” of Islam in government. Douglas helped draft a resolution criticizing the governor and Islam. A version of the document has been signed by a growing list of GOP executive committees, from rural counties to the state’s wealthiest.

“By stopping this now, we’re going to save ourselves a lot of difficulty in the future,” he says.

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam defends his Muslim staffer’s credentials and says she grew up in a small town. “This is somebody who is very Tennessee,” says the governor.

The fact that she’s a fellow Tennessean hasn’t silenced the critics.

The number of Muslims in Tennessee remains tiny, but it is growing. Many come as refugees. Others are college professors. They’re planting roots in one of only three states where, according to a Pew Forum survey, more than half of the population is evangelical protestant.

Douglas believes Islam is diametrically opposed to his faith.

“I don’t want anybody to persecute any religion including Islam, but we have a duty as Americans to understand that they intend to take us over and compel us to become Islamic,” Douglas says.

The First Amendment may provide the freedom to practice all religions, but, according to Douglas, the “government is showing a deference and is accommodating one single religion — Islam, Shariah,” he says.

 This is somebody who is very Tennessee.
- Gov. Bill Haslam, defending his Muslim staffer

Douglas says deference should be shown to the religion of the country’s Founding Fathers. Instead, Douglas sees the Justice Department making sure a mosque in nearby Murfreesboro could open despite legal challenges.

Rebin Omer attended the first prayers in that mosque. The Kurdish refugee dismisses claims that Islam is violent.

“We haven’t seen anything like that from our upbringing or anything, so it’s kind of surprising, but the First Amendment gives you the right to worship any religion you want,” Omer says.

As one of a thousand mosques built in the U.S. over the past decade, this Islamic center ignited debate across the country and political spectrum — from pulpit pastors to wealthy Republican donors. Health care investor Andy Miller tries to isolate his concerns to the moral code laid out in Muslim holy books, where he finds discrimination toward women.

“I am not anti-Muslim at all. I don’t hate anybody. But I do have issues with Shariah law. When you look at Shariah law, it’s so antithetical to the things that we hold dear as Americans,” Miller says.

This year, Miller pumped a couple hundred-thousand dollars into superPACs supporting a candidate who shares his views. Lou Ann Zelenik made Islam a campaign issue in both of her failed but fiery bids for Congress.

While Zelenik lost to Rep. Diane Black again in this month’s Republican primary, Black felt pressure to show toughness.

“I understand the devastation that Shariah law could mean here in our country, and I’m a sponsor of a bill that will once again say that the United States Constitution is our law and that it is the supreme law,” Black said.

Besides the federal legislation, more than 20 states have considered bills banning the use of Shariah law. The proposals are a solution in search of a problem, according to many. But to the anti-Shariah crowd, they are another way to get their fears taken seriously.

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  1. Perhaps people in Tennessee are concerned because of incidents such as the recent arrest of a Muslim Amal Ahmed Abdullahi who threatened to kill her coworkers for Allah. The Muslim made these statements to a coworker.

    “According to a release from Metro police, Abdullahi told the employee that “her people were dying for Allah every day; that she was ready to die for Allah; that this whole country will be Muslim soon; that this country is full of non-believers and that this place (her work place) is full of non-believers; that all unbelievers should die; that her life starts after death; that her life is not here, nobody pays attention to her and she should pick up a gun and shoot all these people.”

    She has been charged with attempted terrorism. Hihdus, Sikhs and The Amish never seem to be involved in these types of incidents which could be why people are concerned about Shariah.

    http://www.tennessean.com/article/20120908/NEWS03/309070126/Nashville-woman-accused-making-terrorist-threats-toward-co-workers?odyssey=nav%7Chead&gcheck=1&nclick_check=1

  2. Sounds like she has gone postal.

  3. Wake up, wake up, wake up America…..understand Islam. Understand why Mustafa Kemal Ataturk stomped Islam under his foot to give a future to Turkey. Understand why 56 islamic nations can’t give 1% of peace and freedom to non-muzzie minorities as the west does to its citizens regardless of the religion. Understand why in Islamic societies Muzzies kill each other in the name of right Islam. It is a demented doctrine that turns humans into zombies.

  4. AA,

    i agree it is a bad doctrine. not sure about demented, maybe just outdated. but we can’t lower ourselves to the level of the oic.

    but it is definately most disconcerting that muslims seem to be moving backwards, towards a more ancient form of islam. many mean to impose hudud where they rule.

  5. It may take years to sort out. Theocracy will lose in the end, but the world may be afflicted with these project runaway types who shoot/hit people for fashion errors and carry off little girls for some time.

    International street gang indeed.

  6. Mike

    There are many outdated things in all religions. When these are
    a) blindly followed by the faithful without a sense of discretion
    b) constantly hurt the weaker/minority sections among themselves and all the non-followers,

    it then transitions from “outdated” to “Cancerous” in my book. Hence I continue to believe that this is a demented doctrine.

    I’d have the same view if any of the indic religious communities moved to the west and exhibhited the same behavior as we see of Muzzies today.

    Unless the west sets aside its internal differences and takes a firm stance against Islamic mindset, islamism will continue to make inroads through the cracks in the defense. What baffles me is that the west is busy re-inveinting the wheel. Really ?? Does the west need another 50 years to understand Islam ?

  7. Mike

    Post WW-2, the biggest catastrophe on American Soil against Americans was caused by Islamists(9/11). In around a decade since then, the softer/PR side of Islamists has gained ground in the US crying Islamophobia/ victimhood at the drop of a hat, stifling freespeech and choking debates; throwing the American way of dealing with conflicts in a possible disarray (I may be stretching a bit on the last one).

    While the whole of America seems to be focused on some Iraq, Afghan etc., pisslamists have been constantly making inroads and strengthening their Islamist base in the US. So post 9/11, it has been an Islamist victory in the US in my view.

    Shouldn’t people like us be worried ? Have you heard any Islamist or supposedly moderate Muzzie make a fair call for equality ever ? They want US rights, freedom, land etc.,AND….this is important…AND they’ll continue to push their supremacist ideology here in the US displaying ingratitude…AND they are always mum about giving anything to non-muzzies in muzzie lands. They are frigging guilty and retarded any which way you look at it.

    You see…most pepole make a HUGE mistake about Islam. THey think if a certain issue (say, Israel-Palestine) is settled, Muzzies will turn peaceful. That’s not only stupid of the average westerner but callous as well. Islamists don’t need an excuse to attack our ways of life, they attack us because we exist. When will the US and other nations learn ? They don’t stop until we convert, or die, or become 3rd class citizens. That’s how they behave in every inch of the real estate they forcefully snatched and kept.

    What is point in killing Osama when US soil is birthing future Osamas thanks to Pisslame and Pisslamists ?

    Fcuk them all. Political correctness is for pussies.

    On this 9/11 anniversary, I solemnly pledge to commit my entire life to fight pisslame and pisslamists till my last breath.

  8. So we can’t have a critical debate about Pedo Mo even in the free world ?

    http://news.yahoo.com/egyptians-angry-film-scale-u-embassy-walls-163506344.html

  9. aa,

    you maybe right. there has been a 76% increase in mosques in america since 9/11. also, you would have hoped for a condenation of the north african actions by now from western muslims.

    “stifling freespeech and choking debates” not sure about that. it is true they seem to just cry islamophobia when ever someone criticizes islam. but i’ll but my faith in american culture. our ability to assimilate.

    “What is point in killing Osama when US soil is birthing future Osamas thanks to Pisslame and Pisslamists ?” well we will never eliminate all terrorist, be they muslim, right wing, left wing, anarchist, eco terrorist, communist, or just disgrunted employees. but you still have to take the head off the snake. even if two sprout in it’s place. then you cut them of too.

    “Political correctness is for pussies” lol. tru dat.

    but there is no way the muslims will take over in america anytime soon. too much freedom of speech in america, and too many guns.

  10. “I don’t want anybody to persecute any religion including Islam, but we have a duty as Americans to understand that they intend to take us over and compel us to become Islamic,” Douglas says.

    NO they don’t you SOB, the Quran says:

    “Let there be no compulsion in religion. Truth has been made clear from error. Whoever rejects false worship and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy handhold that never breaks. And Allah hears and knows all things.” [Sûrah al-Baqarah: 256]

  11. MIKE YOU IDIOT, it is ZIONISM that has infiltrated the US government, and war-mongering Evangelicals. Why don’t you complain about the Christian Dominists? Read the book “Forcing God’s Hand” at amazon

  12. k.i.r.,

    “MIKE YOU IDIOT, it is ZIONISM that has infiltrated the US government, and war-mongering Evangelicals.” idiot, ok. but i would wager that my iq is at least slightly above 25. maybe i’m an imbicile. well now that i think about it i’m pretty sure i must at least be as intelligent as a moron. my iq not withstanding. i don’t think anyone has infiltrated the american government. certainly israel has a very strong lobby. and our support for them has been fairly consistant from administration to administation. although we have called for a palestinian state, and we did back the eqyptians rather than the jews, the english and the frogs in the suez canal bruhaha.

    if any christian means to eliminate the seperation of church and state then fuck them. no religious law should be allowed to rule the nation or a state or a county or a city. as for Christian Dominists, never even heard of them before. what is it they mean to do? are they proposing some sort of crazy blasphemy laws? fuck jesus.

    you do know that this website is about islam, right? no compulsion in religion? so what do you think about the hadith where muhamad is quoted as saying, “whoever changes his islamic religion, kill him.”????????

    what do you think of the opening of the 24th surah? you in favor of rajm?

  13. if you are in florida vote no on amendment 8.

  14. I agree with you Mike; Vote no on amendment 8. Once religious organizations start accepting public moneys they will then have to submit to secular rules to maintain the flow of dollars. For the religious schools and institutions to remain independent they should accept no government monies.

  15. In order to keep it real you have to ignore what the Koran says and concentrate what is actually being said and done.

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