China Posted February 23, 2011 Share Posted February 23, 2011 Tennessee bill would jail Shariah followers NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A bill in the Tennessee General Assembly would make following the Islamic code known as Shariah law a felony, punishable by 15 years in jail. Two legislators 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. A dozen other states are considering anti-Shariah bills, and there's a federal lawsuit in Oklahoma over one. Imam Mohamed Ahmed of the Islamic Center of Nashville said Islam teaches its followers to obey the law of the land. Shariah law, he said, teaches moral values. "What do you mean, really, by saying I can't abide by Shariah law?" he said. "Shariah law is telling me don't steal. Do you want me to steal and rob a bank?" The Attorney General's Office had no comment. Click on the link for the full article Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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