Burch: Misrepresenting Muslims

Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 10:05pm
By Michael R. Burch

Tennessee Republicans like state Sen. Bill Ketron and state Rep. Judd Matheny seem intent on returning us to the Dark Ages by tossing freedom of religion out the window.

Ketron, R-Murfreesboro, and Matheny, R-Tullahoma, recently introduced a bill comprised of 20 pages of hysterical gobbledygook that attempts to define and outlaw “Shariah law” in a way that would bring religious practices under the scrutiny and purview of the state attorney general.

The bill starts off sounding like Chicken Little crying, “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!” Its first numbered point reads as follows: “The threat from terrorism continues to plague the United States generally and Tennessee in particular.”

But where is there any evidence that Tennessee is more plagued by terrorism than other states? Muslims have lived in Tennessee for more than a century, and to my knowledge there has never been a major act of Muslim terrorism committed here. There have, however, been many acts of terrorism committed by white Christians against blacks, Jews and other minorities. We never had a bill to outlaw Biblical laws, so why outlaw Koranic laws? 

The bill attempts to condemn Shariah without identifying what it is, except in broadly sweeping —and broadly damning — terms. But in reality, Shariah law had its genesis in Mosaic law. Americans are right to cringe when they hear that Muslim girls have been stoned to death for being raped, but this was the express commandment of Moses in Deuteronomy 22. Should we outlaw Judaism and Christianity because Bible verses command the murder of girls for having sex or boys for being “stubborn”? No, because we have secular laws designed to keep anyone from taking the law into their own hands.

We don’t need anti-Shariah laws, for at least three reasons.

First, we already have penalties in place to protect ourselves from people who break the law of the land, commit treason or attempt to overthrow our democratically elected government, so there is no need to single out any religion for special attention.

Second, most American Muslims are not extremists and don’t subscribe to the beliefs of the extremists.

And third, we live in a democracy where only a small percentage of the voters are Muslim, so there is absolutely no danger that our laws will suddenly change dramatically without our consent.

The bill introduced by Ketron and Matheny is driven by hysteria, stupidity and bigotry — and is beneath the contempt of all freedom-loving Tennesseans.

Michael R. Burch is a Nashville-based editor and publisher of Holocaust poetry and other “things literary,” at www.thehypertexts.com.

62 Comments on this post:

By: dargent7 on 2/25/11 at 6:20

Wow! Talk about "gobbledy-gook".
Shar'ia Law is 100% incompatible with the US Constitution and the Holy Bible.
Adherents believe in Mohammad, which in case you didn't know, isn't the Christian's Savior, Jesus Christ. Right there is the diverge in the road to spiritual sanctity, happiness, and eternal life.
Shar'ia law allows/ demands the believers to LIE to get their way across.
How's that for a 180 from Christianity? You get to LIE?
Muslims come to America and immediately want to build their mosques, teach their children the Qu'ran.
Then, at the DMV won't show their faces for the photo.
On religious grounds.
Oh, the most recent Saudi who wanted to blow up ex-President's Bush's house was Muslim. All the homicide crazies are always, Muslim.

By: bfra on 2/25/11 at 6:30

If Muslims here are not extremists and don't want to live by Shariah law, why would they object to it being outawed? How is it bigortry to protect our own laws? If they can only practice their religion by adhereing to Shariah law, they should go back to where it is recognized.

By: yogiman on 2/25/11 at 6:49

When did a religion become a law? I have thought all of my life a person's religion was their personal belief in God.

If the Muslim religion believes a person should be slain if they do not believe in the Muslim faith, America is not the place for them.

Tennessee is not outlawing Muslim laws (if they consider a religion a law), they are requiring the people of the Muslim faith to go by American laws.

You state the Muslim faith has been in Tennessee for over 100 years. Tennessee has only been a state for 147 years and I can't recall hearing of the Muslim faith so adamantly in Tennessee the first 60 years of my life which began in 1930. Was they hiding it so firmly?

By: Captain Nemo on 2/25/11 at 7:03

Good morning

By: Captain Nemo on 2/25/11 at 7:12

Sometimes I worry that there could be a terrorist attack on the citizens of America. I’m not talking about any Muslim terrorist assault, but the onslaught coming from within. Especially when I see the fear and hate in such a bill as the one Sen. Bill Ketron and state Rep. Judd Matheny have produced.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/25/11 at 7:13


Would you want to have a law such a Shariah Law is placed on Judaism of Christianity? If this law comes into play, then what is there to stop it from being modified into other religions? Southern Baptist could use it against Catholics. yogi against you?

By: bfra on 2/25/11 at 7:18

Nemo - Not following your thoughts on this one.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/25/11 at 7:30

I am against any law that will hinder any religion, because it can and will be turned against any religion or ideology.

By: bfra on 2/25/11 at 7:34

Nemo - How is outlawing shariah law hindering muslim religion?

By: HokeyPokey on 2/25/11 at 7:38

"In 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail on three small ships from Spain with a Muslim navigator (a person who has skills in getting from place to place), an Arab translator, maps, and equipment. His goal was to sail across the Atlantic and reach China and India."


Try not, yogiman, to limit your acceptance of history to those things that happened within your lifetime, lest you deny Jesus.

By: yogiman on 2/25/11 at 7:45

History began with the beginning of our world, HokeyPokey. I was only referring to that time in history when I began my part of it. I can only read of the past.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/25/11 at 7:48

“Two things are infinite: the universe and yogiman stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.”

Albert Einstein

By: HokeyPokey on 2/25/11 at 7:51

Apparently, for the yogiman, Earth is the centre of the universe.

Should we tell him it's not flat?

By: HokeyPokey on 2/25/11 at 7:55

Yo! Yogurt Man: http://bit.ly/fFwLTf

By: Captain Nemo on 2/25/11 at 8:02


I don’t like Shariah Law, just as I don’t like the laws against gay marriage. Both are laws to force people into doing what a few deem as God’s word. If we outlaw this and other stupid law like this than we are hindering people from making there own decisions. Let the followers of Islam make that decision themselves.

Besides it is a rightwing fringe philosophy and I find that offensive against God and nature.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/25/11 at 8:08

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and consciencious stupidity.”

Martin Luther King, Jr

Do you think he had yogi in mind?

By: bfra on 2/25/11 at 8:14

I see no threat to the laws of our land or religions by outlawing shariah law. As I stated before, if Muslims here are not extremist, what is the objection. If they are and can only practice their religion, under shariah law, they don't need to be here.

By: yogiman on 2/25/11 at 8:22


I'm not a religion scholar, but how can a person of Muslim faith practice that faith without it being under shariah law?

I have never known of a partial belief of any religion.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/25/11 at 8:28

“In politics and yogiman’s mind stupidity is not a handicap.”

Napoleon Bonaparte

By: Captain Nemo on 2/25/11 at 8:31

People think that Christian and Judaism is all one thing, but the truth they are a mismatch of ideology. The same goes for Islam.

By: treefrogdk on 2/25/11 at 8:41

in America, one should and must follow American laws. the same, i believe, as one should be able to speak the english language if one chooses to live in America. for example, i would not move to afghanistan and attempt to live by American laws only. nor would iignore the fact that i can't speak their language. i would be REQUIRED to live under their laws and speak their language.

By: HokeyPokey on 2/25/11 at 8:51

yogiman: Cafeteria Catholics. http://bit.ly/f0UNa5

By: Captain Nemo on 2/25/11 at 9:11

I got to go. I hope the weekend is good for you all.

I think I will have my usual fun reading the funny barbs (and I use the word barbs loosely) from yogiman this weekend.

By: Antisocialite on 2/25/11 at 9:11

This is a stupid bill brought up by people who clearly have no clue what Sharia law is, beyond what some other ignorant person has told them.

I have many Muslim friends and acquaintances, and Sharia law is no more threatening than Deuteronomy and Numbers in the Old Testament... all you Christians have read those books, right? Sure there is some craziness in some of Sharia... just like Deut. and Num. Really though, most of Sharia is tame, and even mundane. Some of it is highly practical too,and pretty well in line with U.S. Law, so would 'not following Sharia' mean that it is ok to kill and steal now too? Those two are covered in Sharia...

By: Captain Nemo on 2/25/11 at 9:13

One more thing Two and a Half Men have been pulled.

By: bfra on 2/25/11 at 9:17

Nemo - I saw that . Although I didn't watch it, I do like the Sheen men, but some of them do need to curb their antics.

By: luvslife51 on 2/25/11 at 9:18

Not threatening? how about the girl whose father ran over her and killed her because she was becoming westernized....and the woman whose ears and nose were cut off?....

And now this:
Radicals bringing campaign for Shariah to White House
'Islam is the solution and … the perfect system that needs to be implemented'

Oh no... we do not need to be concerned...-shakes my head-

By: HokeyPokey on 2/25/11 at 9:35

/clear throat /ahem, sorry wait, wait a minute, I'll pull myself together, I promise, let me just get a sip of water here. ahhh. OK, deep breath now.

I promise, I can say this all without breaking out laughing "World..... N.. N.. Net...... Daily...." Bwahahaha! http://bit.ly/hjhzaJ

Morons have spoken
like the first morons.
LovesLife has uttered
like the first loon...

Laughs for the zinging, laughs for the losers
Laughs for for the zingers fresh from the word!

By: Antisocialite on 2/25/11 at 10:06

Well luvslife51, would you like me to list some cases of Christians doing insane things?

Like denying a 16-month-old boy food and water because he did not say "Amen" at mealtimes... when he died they prayed over his body for four days expecting a resurrection. Deuteronomy 21:18-21 : If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them: Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place; And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard. And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.

Did you hear about the 11-year-old girl who died after her parents prayed for healing rather than seek medical help for a treatable form of diabetes. Mark 16:17-18 : And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues. They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

What about the woman who stabbed her 6 year old daughter to death because she believed that her daughter had been possessed by a demon. Exodus 22:18 - Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live

Obviously we must stop all those that would choose to practice Biblical law!

By: revo-lou on 2/25/11 at 10:11

{Not threatening? how about the girl whose father ran over her and killed her because she was becoming westernized....and the woman whose ears and nose were cut off?....

And now this:
Radicals bringing campaign for Shariah to White House
'Islam is the solution and … the perfect system that needs to be implemented'

Oh no... we do not need to be concerned...-shakes my head-}

Wait, so if "shariah law" was aginst the law here, then the guy would not have run over his daughter? Oh, okay. I guess the laws we have now are not good enough, so we should just scrap them all and start over, you know, given that he wasn't convicted of any crime and sentenced to prison or anything.

God must love stupid people, as he sure made a hell-of-a lot of them.

By: HokeyPokey on 2/25/11 at 11:21

Oh and those four children up in Kentucky, washed away and drowned dead in the flood because their parents believed God tells them to drive a horse-drawn buggy?


By: dargent7 on 2/25/11 at 11:36

Oh, by the way, the latest crazy to indulge his fantasies in a celestial "jihad" was Muslim.
America is a Christian Nation. Centered on Jesus Christ. Period.
The further we distance ourselves from the Bible, and Jesus's teachings, the worse we become. Look as us now. Pathetic.
Any Muslims who immigrate to the USA follow OUR laws, and the US Constitution. Not their imported laws, "Shar'ia" or otherwise.
I do not care one iota about Mohammad and his life, times, and troubles.
I care only about what Jesus Christ taught, walked, and preached...His life.
Take it or leave it. It's Christ's way, or the highway.
There may be many roads to the promised land, but there are also many roads OUT of America. Non Christian? Take the bus....OUT.

By: Loner on 2/25/11 at 1:10

This is another excellent letter from Mike Burch. I agree with his observations, analysis and conclusion.

Judeo-Christian theocrats in the TN State House are pandering to their fundamentalist Christian base. They are exploiting the mass hysteria currently going around concerning Islam, Muslims and Sharia Law.

Much of the hysteria is being generated by the Christian Radio and TV networks. Lawmakers are responding to the bigoted hysteria with grandstanding and introducing undemocratic, fear-based, legislative initiatives.

There is a precedent for this kind of mass hysteria. Jews and Judaism were demonized and condemned by the Nazis who used them as a scapegoat and as a nationalistic rallying point. In those days, Jews were considered to be un-German by nature; today, Christians and Jews are portraying Muslims as being un-American by nature.

By: Ingleweird on 2/25/11 at 1:36

When I first read Paul D'Argent's comments, I felt respect and thought his to be a voice of reason. As time progressed, I thought he began using some off-kilter form of satire to lampoon current events. With this most recent entry, I see him for the zealous jerk he really is.

@Darge: I'm not sure when your ancestors arrived here, but mine came over on the Mayflower. Their descendants, through the U.S. Constitution, decided to allow the inhabitants of this land the freedom to practice their religions peacefully, and without government interference. Where, in our Constitution, pray tell, are the words "Bible," "Jesus," or "Christ" uttered? The fact that the word "God" is used may be considered as acceptance of theism, but cannot be remotely considered an acknowledgment of Christianity in any form. Your inability to grasp this leads me to question your intelligence and/or sanity.

Christians never lie? Talk about "gobbledy-gook."

By: DREIFMA on 2/25/11 at 2:01

We dont enforce Christian law in this country nor should Shariah law be allowed to propogate in this country. Our law is English common law with Roman law mixed in. They provide enough basis for justice in our nation. I believe it was Cato on the floor of the Roman Senate that said, "The morality of a Nation is the Inverse of the Number of Laws it has." The problem with any type of monotheism is once it gets a toe hold in a nation, it tends to take over. Everyone should beef up on their Roman history and read between the lines of the popular history and get deeply into it. What happened in Rome was a disaster and we are headed that way.

By: dargent7 on 2/25/11 at 2:17

Who would call themselves, "ingleweird"? Let me guess...you believe Jeffrey Loughton is merely, "misunderstood".
You want to debate the use of the words, 'Bible", "Jesus", or "Christ"? Or, "God"?
In Nashville, Tenn.? Because they aren't in the US Constitution?
You sir, are a complete moron.

By: Loner on 2/25/11 at 2:37

Dargent7 presented his asinine remark, about this being a Christian nation etc. Ignleweird recognized the presented remark for what it was and snapped the towel of justice - THWACK!!

Knocked silly by the snapping-towel of Ingleweird's commentary, D'argent responded with an utterly asinine Jeffrey Loughton analogy. That's an irrelevant non sequitur, combined with a reducto ad absurdum . Ingleweird's rebuttal thwacked D7's butt...judging by his response, this could be a concussion injury.

DREIFMA is right, this is Latin 101.....and we are the Romans.

By: Loner on 2/25/11 at 2:39

I think D7 meant Jeffrey Loughner, not Jeffrey Loughton.

By: Ingleweird on 2/25/11 at 3:04

I not only want to, but I CAN and I WILL debate the use of words, which, like freedom of religion, is a sacred right afforded to me by the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. I think the argument presented from the get-go by Mr. Burch, was that we have laws superseding religious doctrines and dogma, which govern our interaction with our fellow co-inhabitants (i.e. stealing, hurting, killing). If that makes me a "moron" for pointing this out, I had better call Webster's and have them change the definition.

By: dargent7 on 2/26/11 at 6:11

Sat. 02/26:
Calling America a "Christian Nation", is "an asinine remark"?
I am currently based in Nashville, Tenn.
There are more churches on street corners than gas stations. Every Protastant religion is represented. Even a few synagogues and Catholic cathedrals are throw in to mix it up.
Seems someone thinks people want to worship, read the Bible, and pray to Jesus and God, not Mohammad and read the Koran.
You guys, "loner" and "idleweird", do the calculus.
Personally, I'm appalled at your observations and conclusions.
Sell it to the Scientologists.

By: govskeptic on 2/26/11 at 7:16

Mr. Burch must be trying to sell a few of his books.
Yes, he has written often about what a sorry country
country we have and it's bigotry of the past and even
a few more recent events, but the overall theme suits
1935 versus 2011 and attempts to say or show
otherwise are totally incorrect. "all things literal" may
have to be subsituted with "all the wrongs of Christians"!

By: Loner on 2/26/11 at 8:52

Yep, downright asinine.

By: Loner on 2/26/11 at 9:53

America is not a Christian nation; but it is a nation settled and populated primarily by members of the various Christian faiths. Big difference, Dargent7.

Of course, the "savages" and the imported slaves are excluded from this religious-ethnic equation. The uninvited invaders were mostly unwashed Christian Europeans, that much is true.

Nations that identify themselves with names like, "Islamic Republic", "Jewish State", and "Christian Nation", are theocracies, not true democracies. The USA is not in that particular category.

For the record, the USA is a pluralistic, democratic, constitutional republic, the USA is not a theocracy....not yet, at least.

Sadly, this nation has been sliding into Judeo-Christian theocracy, with increasing speed. Here are some examples to support that statement:

President Obama increased the budget for Bush's Faith Based Initiative. It's here to stay....it is sacrosanct.

Mega-pastor Rick Warren is "the nation's pastor", charged with vetting our presidential candidates. That's here to stay too.

As a presidential candidate, Senator Obama made the obligatory pilgrimage to the Wailing Wall and donned the white yarmulke to pray...all recent US Presidents have performed that same required ritual. This ritual is an act of state fealty. These theocratic spectacles reinforce the hyphens connecting Judeo-Christian and Israel-US.

Here is a link to a Jewish site that covered the story...check out the Yarmulke-wearing Obama, at the Wailing Wall, in 2008...great photos...here is the URL:


Imagine the howling that would erupt, if Obama donned Muslim religious head-wear, and joined in prayers with Muslims, in Mecca? The Yarmulke, on the other hand, is required-wearing for US presidential candidates and praying with Jews at the Wailing Wall is a bipartisan prerequisite for assuming the Presidency of the US.

Oh yes, we are sliding into Judeo-Christian theocracy. Proposed anti-Islamic legislation, such as that outlined in this LTE, is glaring, blaring evidence of this slippery slide.

Be careful of what you wish for, Paul, you just might get it....Amerika, a Kafka-like Kristian Nation.

By: serr8d on 2/26/11 at 10:03

Religion is an evolutionary construct that's been around since the cavemen got smart enough to realize that they were going to die; and realizing that, some of the more intelligent cavemen needed to find new ways to motivate the tribe to keep in line, to keep hunting and to move the masses forward to the next generation. Organized religion has nothing to do with the belief in a non-transigente creator (God) but more to do with the organization of people to follow rules and be compliant to rulers who need such compliance to do deeds and services (and, unfortunately for us all, some organize religions to control people to malignant ends).

As 'antisocial' has pointed out, earlier versions of the bible illustrate such early attempts to control the Jews. Fortunately, Christians got relief from all of that hardship and undertook a new direction a couple thousand years ago; leaving the books of the Old Testament to pretty much afterthoughts. Also, unfortunately, the birth and death of the Christ opened up new avenues for 'community organization' that, over centuries, caused much conflict with the original Christ's teachings. Fortunately, all of that was swept away in the Reformation, and has continuously been 'moderated' by the advent of science (which is the 'new' religion to many people, but still an organized religion...).

Islam was created by a warrior, Mohammed, to control various factions of people in a harsh desert climate; Islam (or Mohammedism) was successful in it's violent bid (because of it's violent nature) to take over and rule (by strong force) many nations. Unlike Christianity, it's never seen any Reformation; it's not changed overmuch since it's inception.

Islam is very easily used by various Imams and Ayatollahs (and Saudi Princes) to control it's own people. Sharia law is the tool, the sharp scimitar, that gets these things done.

We, now, are on the verge of eliminating all organized religion from our Modern Life, at least in America and on the 'enlightened' European continent. Unfortunately, there's never been a nation in the history of this planet that's done so and survived. Religion is as necessary as the air we breathe. But the Muslim religion MUST be forced to reform, or by it's very nature it will seek to overcome and dominate the entire world, just as that tribe of warriors did in the Medina desert in 610 AD.

Pulling the teeth of Mohammedism by outlawing the implementation of Sharia Law is a good and necessary step in the direction of reforming the "Religion of Peace".

By: serr8d on 2/26/11 at 10:07

Loner, I've come to the conclusion that you just don't.like.Jews.Period.

Can't understand that, being not from the northern climes, where Jew dislike is pandemic amongst certain 'clans' (or is it 'klans'?).

Maybe you could enlighten us as to why the Jews are your favorite whipping-boys?

By: Loner on 2/26/11 at 10:28

Check out John McCain at the Wailing Wall in his stylish black yarmulke:


Rounding up the gallery of "Posing, Posturing, Potential Presidents", here is Reverend Mike Huckabee wearing the required headwear; apparently, Huck is using a jack-knife the jam-wedge his note to Jehovah in-between the ancient stones:


Here's a better shot of the Huck wearing the Jewish skullcap while wailing at the wall:


Mike Huckabee has visited Israel more than a dozen times; I would wager that his guided tours do not include touring the state-sponsored Israeli abortion mills. Check it out:


Rev-Gov Huckabee is king of the hypocrites, IMHO. He is a useful idiot for the worst sort of Zionism....his racist nature makes him an excellent dupe for the Jewish State.

By: Loner on 2/26/11 at 10:56

You conclusion is inaccurate, Serr8d. I do not hate Jews. I question the efficacy and wisdom of apartheid Zionism in Palestine. Concentration enables annihilation.....Zionism ignores that basic law of nature.

The topic of Mr. Burch's LTE, broadly speaking, is theocracy in governance. Ergo, my comments are on-topic.

Your 10:07 comment is simply an ugly ad hominem without a shred of supportive evidence. A cheap shot..

If I truly hated all Jews, as you suggest, I would wish for them all to make Aliyah, to Israel, making the USA "Judenfrei". (Free of Jews)

I reject the idea of dumping the world's unwanted Jews ito a dumping grounds called Palestine. That is exactly what the Balfour Declaration was all about...ridding Europe of its unwanted Jews. Google it.

T. Herzl, the Father of Zionism, also recognized and counted on this covert anti-Semitism to drive his scheme to success. Read his manifesto.

Harry Truman should have brought the Holocaust survivors here, to the USA and the US government should have assisted them in assimilating into their new roles as American citizens. Truman was a racist, so he hastily chose the dumping grounds option.

Israel is a militant, nuclear-armed theocracy with a bad attitude. Suffering from pervasive PTSD, the Israelis see enemies everywhere and they are prepared for eternal holy war, in order to actualize their theocratic, apartheid ambitions and to maintain regional hegemony.

Israel has never joined the US in any conflict anywhere..they are not an ally at all. This grim reality was proven on June 8, 1967, when the IDF attacked the USS Liberty with a prolonged air and sea attack, they mercilessly killed 34 US sailors and gravely wounded dozens more. Incredibly, LBJ immediately forgave the Israelis, for reasons unknown to this day.

The Jonathan Pollard case is another piece of damning evidence that suggests that Israel is not our friend and-or ally...they are looking out for their own interests and nobody else's interests.

We Americans should do the same; what's good for Israel is usually bad for the USA....AIPAC propaganda notwithstanding. Time to cut the apartheid state off from their annual US entitlements.....no more US representation without US taxation.

Bring the world's Jews here, to America, they are good people, pull the plug on Herzl's failed experiment in social engineering.

By: serr8d on 2/26/11 at 11:09

The Jews have a permanent home, in Israel. That was their original home, long before Herzl pointed it out and, long after his death, it became reality in 1947.

Why you are always on about bringing them 'here' is the question I ask, when they have a homeland? It's not about the Jews, it's about the voracious appetite of the Mohammed sorts that want that tiny little sliver of land for themselves.

I stand with Israel, the only real democracy in the region, and our only real friend in the region. We, here in America, should stand with tiny Israel, because our respective nation's fates are closely intertwined. There's no way we can dissolve Israel and 'bring them all here', no more so than we can dissolve any nation and send it's people anywhere else, not anymore.

Help reform Islam, then Israel can live in peace. Until the scimitar of Mecca and Medina is sheathed, finally, we'll have no peace in the middle east.

By: dargent7 on 2/26/11 at 1:00

Gentlemen: Who actually here in America gives a rat's behind about the jews in Israel, Gaza Strip, West Bank, Zionism, or shopping at Neiman-Marcus?
This is the "south", as in Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran. A few Catholic and a few synagogues.
Whatever "loner" promulgates is utter nonsense here, in the Bible Belt.
The issue was building mosques and giving Muslims an equal footing.
I say, NO. Take your Shar'ia Law, cram it, and export it bact to the Middle East.
You fellows build your own arguments.

By: Ingleweird on 2/26/11 at 2:36

In addition to a plethora of Christian churches and a few Jewish temples, Nashville is home to five Islamic centers/mosques, three Buddhist temples, one Hindu temple, and a Church of Scientology. Prove me wrong, moron.

These a$$clowns on the hill are wasting Tennessee taxpayers time and money. This is clearly unconstitutional; I would bet our national debt the US Supreme Court won't receive a briefing on this law before it gets knocked down.