published Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Tennessee bill would jail Shariah followers

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    Sen. Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro, speaks outside the Senate chamber in Nashville, Tenn., on Monday, Feb. 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

A proposed Tennessee law would make following the Islamic code known as Shariah law a felony, punishable by 15 years in jail.

State Sen. Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro, and state Rep. Judd Matheny, R-Tullahoma, introduced the same bill in the Senate and House last week. It calls Shariah law a danger to homeland security and gives the attorney general authority to investigate complaints and decide who's practicing it.

It exempts peaceful practice of Islam but labels any adherence to Shariah law — which includes religious practices such as feet washing and prayers — as treasonous. It claims Shariah adherents want to replace the Constitution with their religious law.

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zjcavan said...

It sounds like Bill Ketron has forgotten about freedom of religion in this country.

February 23, 2011 at 9:55 a.m.
Sailorman said...

This is just plain over the top stupid.

February 23, 2011 at 10:52 a.m.
tntoak said...

That bill wouldn't pass even a basic Constitutional test as far as the establishment clause goes. If it does get passed, it will get thrown out as soon as possible. Do these legislators even know the US Constitution?

February 23, 2011 at 11:02 a.m.
BOOBOO99 said...

Tennessee is becoming a Bigot State....Next they will outlaw religious practices for the Baptist and Catholic..This Show Tennessee Government are racist thugs next they will be make it law to banning people from worshipping GOD...

February 23, 2011 at 4:40 p.m.
ceeweed said...

People, you all elected these simpletons, I never knew things were so extreme in Middle Tennessee, must be a lot of buyer's remorse over there.

February 23, 2011 at 8:58 p.m.
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