NASHVILLE — Despite objections from critics, including Tennessee Muslims, the House Judiciary Committee today approved a bill letting the governor and state attorney general designate certain entities as a terrorist organization.
The bill passed on a 12-4 vote and advances to the Finance Committee. The bill is scheduled to be heard later today in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
At least 200 Muslims packed the hearing room and spilled into two other hearing rooms, which were made available for the overflow crowd.
The measure originally would have outlawed some aspects of Sharia law — the religious law of Islam — but an amendment strips out any mention of specific religions and says the would-be law neither targets “nor incidentally prohibits or inhibits the peaceful practice of religion.”
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Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...