Update: Muslim Day Draws More Than 100 to Mo. Capitol

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — An event touted as the first “Muslim Day at the Missouri Capitol” drew more than 100 people.

Participants recited the Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. flag, clapped for the U.S. Constitution and responded “yes” in unison when event leaders asked if they love other Americans.

Wednesday’s gathering was intended to display the peaceful and patriotic side of Muslims to state legislators who have proposed measures barring Missouri courts from considering international or Islamic religious law known as Sharia.

Event organizers said they have no desire for Sharia law to trump state and federal laws, but they said the legislation reveals an unwarranted fear of Muslims.

Other religious groups also have rallied at the Capitol. Christian groups, for example, have held prayer vigils and concerts.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

Previously Reported:

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Muslims from across the state are gathering in Jefferson City today, to voice their concerns about proposed legislation that would outlaw international laws – including sharia, or ecclesiastical Islamic law – in Missouri.

Representative Paul Curtman of Pacific sponsors one of those bills (House Bill 708).  “The way this would work is that Missouri would not acknowledge any of those foreign laws, if those laws would deprive any of our citizens of their rights guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution,” Curtman explained.

Missouri is one of at least 13 states where anti-sharia legislation is under consideration or has already been made law.  But Jim Hacking with the St. Louis office of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) doesn’t see the need. “The first amendment would already prohibit any use of sharia law or imposition of sharia law on any citizen of the United States and Missouri,” Hacking said.

But a recent court case in Florida, where a judge ruled that a dispute between Muslim parties could proceed under sharia law, has added fuel to the political fire; Politico.com reports several possible GOP presidential candidates have been staking out anti-sharia positions on the campaign trail.

As for the turnout today at the state capitol, Hacking says Missouri Muslims just want to meet their lawmakers — not protest anything.

“I would say that Muslims were triggered by the fact that this legislation has been proposed, but it is sort of a broader effort to educate lawmakers about Muslims and the concerns they have,” said Hacking. “The event is not solely limited to these bills.”

(Copyright KMOX Radio)

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One Comment

  1. mark says:

    Face the music now or let it fester, your choice

  2. David from San Diego says:

    This is the result of Ted Kennedy’s immigration legislation from the mid-1960s. There were almost no Moslems here before then. What did you THINK was going to happen when you allowed 3,000,000 people who want to kill you to immigrate into your country?

    1. Cardsfan1 says:

      There WERE indeed Muslims in this country before the 1960s. In fact, the first Muslims arrived on slave ships. However, the last century had seen an influx of Muslims from many nations…just as other immigrants arrived, so did Muslims. I think your very bigoted and quite ignorant comments show a need for more education on the subject on your part before you spout non-facts and mistaken statements.

      1. mark says:

        I dont think he is being bigoted as the proof stands in all muslim nations of christians and jews being persecuted and their churches burnt down.
        The violence is so bad in islamic nations everyone has to carry a weapon to protect them selves from other muslims.

      2. rons426 says:

        You are quite right that the first Muslims in America may have arrived on slave ships. Muslims were slave traders. Almost all of the black slaves in America were captured, enslaved and sold as slaves in America by Muslims. This is easy to verify, just read history books of the era. Islam and the Quran / Koran allow for the owning Jews, Christians and other Infidels as slaves.

    2. hiway280z says:

      your right. They are only here to destroy our country. Turn it into muslim and kill those who do not conform to their stone age way of life. All we hear since Obama got in is muslims, sharia law and their lies to look good. Our Government is kissing their butts. They are in the White House and other positions. Obama has bought many here from palistine and we paid their way.

      1. kayla says:

        Thats not true.,. if you will just get to know a muslium… they come in peace, they mean no haram.. its just a religion..WAKE UP PEOPLE..! Its a religion.. and Islam doesnt say to kill .. Islamic religion is peaceful.. you guys just dont understand.. what ever your religion maybe.. you guys WILL be the next that the government will go against.. Muslims are not violent.. You make them that way. Stealing hteir land.. and accusing them of things they dont and DIDNT do.. you put your self in their shoes.. what if you were accused?.. what if you were blamed?.. wouldnt you be OUTRAGED.. you would just wanna prove that YOU ARE RIGHT.. and that YOU did NOTHING wrong.. Muslims pay taxes.. muslims are peaceful.. you people REALLy have got to stop discriminating.. just TRY to understand the religion.. NO ONE SAYS TO CONVERT.. just hear about it.. and THEN you can judge..

    3. DONT DISCRIMINATE says:

      GET A LIFE…! YOURE A LOW LIFE UN-UNDERSTANDING PEICE OF TRASH.. GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT.. YOU ARE THE ONE WHO MUSLIMS SHOULD REALLY KILL..

    4. Yasmin says:

      Muslims didnt “immigrate” to the US to kill these citizens of AMerica.. came to experience and live their lives freely.. America provides that here.. In other Eastern countries they are extremely strict.. and some what stupid for their idiotic government rules.. Thats why they come here.. to be accept at some place with out being judged at everything.. Why dont people just accept them.. They arent really harm to us in ANY way.. Americans just make it seem that way because of the wars goiing on..

      1. RC is the way to be!! says:

        Yasmin, if being muslim was so great… Moe would have been more than a man. The trouble started from the sick mind he claimed was divine intervention.

        PLEASE educate yourself! alisina.org is a good start!

        There is no respect, love or peace in islam. The koran proves it.

  3. Rick says:

    Paul Curtman rocks. I heard him speak at a raly once. He is one of the smartest guys I ever met.

  4. RogerDrewWilliams says:

    The Muslim brotherhood is an organizational arm of the Muslim Brotherhood. Their “strategic Memorandum on NORTH AMERICAN AFFAIRS” states,”It is a Muslims destiny to perform JIHAD and work wherever he is and wherever he lands until the final hour comes…”. Islam IS NOT A RELIGION OF PEACE!

  5. derf says:

    What was it the Austrailian Interior Minister said some years ago in a similar sitiation? “If you can’t live under the laws of the country you have immigrated to, then clear off.” Honest, non-pc appraisal of such a situation.

  6. Trouble says:

    Want Sharia law? Move to Iran and get out of my state and out of my country.

    1. NOburqa says:

      BEWARE ~ DO NOT LOOK!! unless you are ADULT

      http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2011/04/13/missouri-muslims-gather-against-anti-sharia-bill/

      SARAH, don’t bother with “history”, check on TODAY’s CURRENT EVENTS post! link above.
      beware this is NOT for kids to view! this is IVORY COAST where moslems are burning Christians ALIVE.

      SHARIA LAW is sheer evil. “GO BACK to IRAN” etc. IS the answer. we DO NOT want sharia law in FREE USA.

    2. NOburqa says:

      BEWARE~ DO NOT LOOK unless you are ADULT!

      SORRY, i put in wrong link in other post. THIS is the link of CURRENT EVENTS posted in TODAY’s NEWS. BEWARE! DO NOT LOOK ~ unless you are ADULT!!

      http://www.frequency.com/video/ivory-coast-muslims-burn-christians/4609420

      this link is of MOSLEMS BURNING CHRISTIANS. “coming to a street near you”?
      would TEDDY speak up for THESE moslems? look how they ACT. current NEWS TODAY! Ivory Coast where OBAMA congratulated the new MOSLEM take over leader! who is CRAZY now?

    3. spikeinva says:

      hmmmm…and to what tribe do YOU belong?

    4. Bailey says:

      Go to hell, or Iran. Doesn’t matter to us.

      1. Jack says:

        You consider leaving..

    5. Trouble24 says:

      Shake.!!.. Yo ass aint know what you be talkin bout..and not all muslims are from iran..dumb@$$.. half the muslims here are american citizens..

      1. Tomtom29 says:

        100 muslims together in one place? Good time for a predator party!

      2. Sally says:

        I have a problem with your estimate about the half of them being American citizens. Having said that, if people are followers of the Muslim faith why should they have their own laws? This is America established men much smarter than the filth in Washington today.

        If people want to follow their Cult and feel that they can not do anything else, they should take their show on the road and go someplace where their zeal for their religion would be embraced.

  7. ruffycat says:

    If the first amendment already prevents the use then why are they objecting to a further iteration of the same thing? Could it be that they know it isn’t prevented but are trying to appear to obey our laws while all the while oplanning on undermining them?

    Wake up people.

  8. Mark Newman says:

    I hear everyone SAYING for the Muslims to leave the US if they don’t like our laws but the Demorats have an agenda that seems to know no bounds. All of us better start DOING something or the words mean nothing. This country has lost the balls to fight the good fight. It sickens me.

  9. Sarah O'Neil says:

    NOburqa

    American Christians are operating torture centers at Guantanomo Bay, Abuqarib, Afghanistan and 600 torture camps around the world. That is current history! Like their past history Christians tourturing each other in the Dark Ages. Hundreds of millions of Africans tortured during transis-Atlantic slave trade by pedophile priests. That is why I converted to Islam to keep those perverted priests and pastors from fondling me.

    1. Coltster says:

      Your village is missing you.

    2. mark says:

      How do you know all the staff are christian at Guantanomo bay, you think their are no atheist or muslims working in the military ?
      So you would rather your 1st cousin fondling you instead of some one not related, thats not messed up at all, are you going to sell your 6 yr old daughter to a 85 yr old man for 2 goats like most other muslims do.

  10. Dan S. says:

    This is a lot of excitement over nothing. We don’t need a special law to establish that Sharia (religious) law cannot take precedence over the U.S. Constitution (which includes the Bill of Rights) or over state or federal law – that goes without saying, and should be obvious to everyone. But when there is NO conflict between Sharia and our civil law – and only then – there is no reason that Sharia can’t be used as the basis for settling civil disputes between people (i.e. Muslims) who wish to abide by it.

    1. Coltster says:

      That’s a crock Dan. At NO point in time should Sharia anything be used…civil or otherwise. To allow even the smallest part of Islamic law into our country is treasonous and a disgrace.

  11. HooDatIS? says:

    IM NO RACIST, BUT I THINK WE NEED LAWS LIKE THIS
    IF I AM WRONG GOD FORGIVE ME BUT WE GOT TO PROTECT MISSOURIANS
    BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY
    MUCH LOVE FOR MY MUSLIM SISTERS AND BROTHERS THOUGH, WE ALSO NEED TO LEARN CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN MISSOURI SO OUR CHILDREN WILL UNDERSTNAD THE CULTURE OF ALL MISSOURIANS
    VISIT MY BLOG
    http://ethicalfutures.wordpress.com/2011/04/14/leszek-blanik-polish-gymnast-amazing-footage-this-boy-got-skills/

  12. mike says:

    Stop fear mongering.

  13. Mike says:

    Should we ban Catholics for following Vatican rules too?

    1. Amy says:

      THANK YOU FOR HAVING A BRAIN!

    2. Papa-san says:

      Now THAT wouldn’t be a bad idea!
      Most of the Founders were here because of the deprivations of their own countries back then, and those countries leaders were mostly Catholic ‘fronts’.
      The Catholics were mostly secluded in what has become New York City.
      The Founders were well aware of the hypocrisy of the Vatican, but they still allowed freedom of religion when they really didn’t have to or want to. Most of the Catholics here were known to be spies working to report to the king of England!
      However, I’ll continue to witness to both Muslims and Catholics, because both groups need to come to a saving faith in Jesus or they will be relegated to a very bad place for a LONG time…

    3. rons426 says:

      A bortion is legal, birth control is legal, Adult videos are legal, no state religion, we do not follow the dicates of the Vatican.

    4. RC is the way to be!! says:

      If the Vatican ordered us to kill our children for wearing a tight skirt…do the logical thing.
      Islam is from hell plain and simple.

  14. Mike says:

    If a Muslim woman does not care, why do we force to remove their vail? Who is forcing you to follow and read Koran, their holly book? Stop trashing their religion because we are in their many countries right now with boots on ground. Whats wrong with you people?

    1. Papa-san says:

      What’s wrong with us?

      Mostly we’re simply not ignorant of the true motivation behind what the Moslems do and say.
      Contrary to current liberal belief, theirs is NOT a religion of peace. It is actually written in their ‘holy book’ (I should say holey book) that they are commanded to take over the entire world in whatever way they can, be it by blood or deception.
      If you think they are just another religion, you don’t know what they teach or believe!
      Oh yeah, Muslim women and their ‘veil’… It’s not that they don’t complain about having to wear one. The truth is that their women are at the same level as the family livestock, and they know it! They do what they are told, or their ‘men’ can kill them for disobedience. These women don’t know anything else, and that’s why they ‘don’t have a problem with it’, as you so fault-fully put it!

  15. Jackson says:

    Sharia is not foreign just like Muslims are not foreigners. We have white and black americans who are Muslims (not foreign) and their religious rules will be called Sharia. We look so dumb in front of 1 billion Muslims around the World.

  16. Coltster says:

    The dy Sharia law takes a foothold in America is the day we turn back the clock 200 years. Americans need to be watchful of EVERY thing in their local towns and counties. That is where Mussies start….locally. Stop them before they get a start. If they want to live under Sharia law, the sandbox is that way >>>>>.

  17. NICKI says:

    LISTEN HERE JERK FACE..! YOU CAN BURN ANY QURAN YOU WANT..! ITS MEMORIZED BY EVERY LIVING AND DYING MUSLIM OUT THERE…GOD IS PROTECTING IT.. THIS IS THE LAND OF THE FREE..! MUSLIMS FOLLOW RULES AS MUCH AS AMERICANS DO AND MUCH MORE.. MUSLIMS ALSO PAY TAXES.. THE SAME RULES THAT APPLY TO YOU, APPLY TO THEM…AMERICA PUT UP RIGHTS.. ONE OF THE RIGHTS IS FREEDOM OF RELIGION..PART OF THE CONSTITUTION.. IF YOU’RE NOT AWARE.. THEY ARE PEOPLE.. AND MOST MUSLIMS ARE CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES…

    1. mark says:

      Then why did those moderate muslims take out their anger on 20 inorcent UN staff that were their to help them, because they were not muslims they were attacked and beheaded because someone in america carried out his free speech rights.
      Why do muslims only kill infidels when angry, that is why a country full of infidels is concerned about letting people who follow a book that tells them to kill infidels.

      1. Nicki says:

        No.. You are not understanding it correcet my friend.. the Holy book NEVER stated that it is right/ok/legal to KILL..! The Holy book doesnt mention kill for revenge.. those people did it because they were outraged at whats going on. If americans would just stop assuming for a moment.. and try to understand-not convert- but to understand the Islamic religion. People will change their minds. Muslims ALL around the world were taught to respect each and every religion. But Muslims are awlways being accused.

  18. Echo says:

    As long as the judge determines the case is not under perveyance of any specific law, and no one’s rights are violated under the Constitution, (i.e. they’re not selling the eldest daughter for a new Camry), let them have their little kangaroo court. I mean they could use Klingon, Vulcan, Dude-ism, or Sharia, etc. (pretty much any equivalent).

    1. mark says:

      So should we all have seperate courts for all the different races and religions, maybe hospitals and schools next.
      What about roads, how will we devide them to handle all the seperate groups ?.

  19. Cuffy Meigs says:

    A hundred of them in one place? Where was the JDAM when you need it?

  20. bill says:

    Shira law and our constitution cannot co-exist.

  21. Juliusz says:

    Nicki, enough of the lies… please read http://www.alisina.org and learn the truth about your political movement called islam.
    For those of you who want to read up on the lies these people push Dr. Sina is a great authour. He also debates the top immams to expose their lies too.

  22. James says:

    There were almost no Moslems here before then. They are only here to destroy our country. Turn it into muslim and kill those who do not conform to their stone age way of life. Our Government is kissing their butts. They are in the White House and other positions. Obama has bought many here from palistine and we paid their way. you guys WILL be the next that the government will go against. and accusing them of things they dont and DIDNT do. you put your self in their shoes. you would just wanna prove that YOU ARE RIGHT. and that YOU did NOTHING wrong. you people REALLy have got to stop discriminating. just TRY to understand the religion. YOU ARE THE ONE WHO MUSLIMS SHOULD REALLY KILL. came to experience and live their lives freely. In other Eastern countries they are extremely strict. and some what stupid for their idiotic government rules. to be accept at some place with out being judged at everything. Why dont people just accept them. They arent really harm to us in ANY way. Americans just make it seem that way because of the wars goiing on. The trouble started from the sick mind he claimed was divine intervention. I heard him speak at a raly once. He is one of the smartest guys I ever met. we DO NOT want sharia law in FREE USA. Yo ass aint know what you be talkin bout.and not all muslims are from iran. half the muslims here are american citizens. All of us better start DOING something or the words mean nothing. This country has lost the balls to fight the good fight. That is why I converted to Islam to keep those perverted priests and pastors from fondling me. To allow even the smallest part of Islamic law into our country is treasonous and a disgrace. Americans need to be watchful of EVERY thing in their local towns and counties. Stop them before they get a start. ONE OF THE RIGHTS IS FREEDOM OF RELIGION. You are not understanding it correcet my friend. those people did it because they were outraged at whats going on. If americans would just stop assuming for a moment. People will change their minds. Muslims ALL around the world were taught to respect each and every religion. But Muslims are awlways being accused.org and learn the truth about your political movement called islam. He also debates the top immams to expose their lies too. You have iframes disabled or your browser does not support them.Hope you like my post on today thanks.

  23. James says:

    There were almost no Moslems here before then. They are only here to destroy our country. Turn it into muslim and kill those who do not conform to their stone age way of life. Our Government is kissing their butts. They are in the White House and other positions. Obama has bought many here from palistine and we paid their way. you guys WILL be the next that the government will go against. and accusing them of things they dont and DIDNT do. you put your self in their shoes. you would just wanna prove that YOU ARE RIGHT. and that YOU did NOTHING wrong. you people REALLy have got to stop discriminating. just TRY to understand the religion. YOU ARE THE ONE WHO MUSLIMS SHOULD REALLY KILL. came to experience and live their lives freely. In other Eastern countries they are extremely strict. and some what stupid for their idiotic government rules. to be accept at some place with out being judged at everything. Why dont people just accept them. They arent really harm to us in ANY way. Americans just make it seem that way because of the wars goiing on. The trouble started from the sick mind he claimed was divine intervention. I heard him speak at a raly once. He is one of the smartest guys I ever met. we DO NOT want sharia law in FREE USA. Yo ass aint know what you be talkin bout.and not all muslims are from iran. half the muslims here are american citizens. All of us better start DOING something or the words mean nothing. This country has lost the balls to fight the good fight. That is why I converted to Islam to keep those perverted priests and pastors from fondling me. To allow even the smallest part of Islamic law into our country is treasonous and a disgrace. Americans need to be watchful of EVERY thing in their local towns and counties. Stop them before they get a start. ONE OF THE RIGHTS IS FREEDOM OF RELIGION. You are not understanding it correcet my friend. those people did it because they were outraged at whats going on. If americans would just stop assuming for a moment. People will change their minds. Muslims ALL around the world were taught to respect each and every religion. But Muslims are awlways being accused.org and learn the truth about your political movement called islam. He also debates the top immams to expose their lies too. You have iframes disabled or your browser does not support them.Hope you like my post on today thanks.Hope you like my post on today thanks.

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