Today's AYFKM? Award: Hawaii Islam Day
I can already imagine the email I will be receiving after this hits the net…
Today’s Are You Freakin’ Kidding Me? Award goes to my state senate for passing “Islam Day” to be observed on September 24th, 2009 at a time when we are at war with Islamic Jihadists.
H/T to Atlas Shrugs for paying more attention to the state in which I reside than I do; probably because it doesn’t make one iota of difference what a few sane individuals think here. “We gotta vote for Obama, he’s a local boy.” Remember, this is the state that wants to establish it’s own sovereignty independent of the United States as a Hawaiian Nation with no military and an unarmed populace, (by design), that will lickety split become the territory of Japan, China, or Sweden (who already has a stake in this island chain). A few of my closer associates already know that I am shopping for a new state to live in, and I am sure the locals will be happy to see me go.
From FoxNews (Politics):
HONOLULU — Hawaii’s state Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill Wednesday to celebrate “Islam Day” — over the objections of a few lawmakers who said they didn’t want to honor a religion connected to Sept. 11, 2001.
The Senate’s two Republicans argued that a minority of Islamic extremists have killed many innocents in terrorist attacks.
“I recall radical Islamists around the world cheering the horrors of 9/11. That is the day all civilized people of all religions should remember,” said Republican Sen. Fred Hemmings to the applause of more than 100 people gathered in the Senate to oppose a separate issue — same-sex civil unions.
The resolution to proclaim Sept. 24, 2009, as Islam Day passed the Senate on a 22-3 vote. It had previously passed the House and now goes to Republican Gov. Linda Lingle.
The bill seeks to recognize “the rich religious, scientific, cultural and artistic contributions” that Islam and the Islamic world have made. It does not call for any spending or organized celebration of Islam Day.
“We are a state of tolerance. We understand that people have different beliefs,” said Sen. Will Espero, a Democrat. “We may not all agree on every single item and issue out there, but to say and highlight the negativity of the Islamic people is an insult to the majority” of believers “who are good law-abiding citizens of the world.”
The second AYFKM? Award goes to Senator Will Espero, who I swear must be portagee for his comment above. I am not a local hawaiian, even though I am now considered kaimaina, and I will state unequivocally that Hawaii is NOT a state of tolerance; far from it. From the first week that I lived here when local hawaiian women were spitting on my 3 year old and myself because of our white skin and red hair, to being called a haole bitch almost daily, to the continued stink eye and frowns I receive every time I walk into a bank or grocery store, Hawaii is NOT about tolerance or embracing different cultures. It is just more words with totally opposite actions. A great day in Hawaii is a day that I do not have to cross paths with a local, and put up with the reverse racism that goes with it. (And people wonder why I try to keep my identity under the radar.)
My last comment is rather a question; how much did Bambi’s travels here have to do with this occurring?
P.S. I wonder how this is going to affect our economically downtrodden tourism?
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
TWENTY-FIFTH LEGISLATURE, 2009
STATE OF HAWAII H.C.R. NO. 100
PROCLAIMING SEPTEMBER 24, 2009, AS ISLAM DAY.
WHEREAS, Hawaii is known for the wealth of its cultural and
religious diversity and the harmony with which people of many
cultures and religions live together; and
WHEREAS, Muslims constitute an ethnically diverse part of
Hawaii’s cultural fabric, with around 3,000 practicing members; and
WHEREAS, the Prophet Mohammad left his house to migrate to
Madinah and reached Quba in the vicinity of Madinah on the 12th day of Rabi ul-Awwal according to the lunar calendar, or
September 24th according to the Gregorian calendar, thereby
marking the birth of Islam; and
WHEREAS, Islam, a religion with a long and noble history,
is the second largest religion in the world, with over one
billion followers spread across every continent, and including members of many nations and cultures; and
WHEREAS, the Islamic world preserved and made original
contributions to works of science and philosophy during the
Middle Ages when these disciplines were threatened by bigotry
and prejudice in other parts of the world; and
WHEREAS, Islamic artists, scientists, and philosophers have
a rich history of contribution to world literature and our
collective scientific understanding; and
WHEREAS, the Islamic faith shares common teachings found in
the texts of both Christianity and Judaism, whose followers are
respected and considered “People of the Book”; and
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WHEREAS, Islamic doctrine encourages generosity in its
adherents, maintaining that those who possess much have a
responsibility to care for those in need; and
WHEREAS, Islam, along with its monotheistic counterparts,
holds that peace is a divine quality and necessary for
collective human happiness; and
WHEREAS, Islam strives for a world-wide community which, in
the words of one Islamic poet philosopher, “does not recognize
the superficial differences of race, or history, or
WHEREAS, the United States and countries of the Islamic
world hold in common many beliefs and values including concepts
of world community and’mutual responsibility; and
WHEREAS, international understanding and peace, as well as
understanding and peace in our local communities, are
strengthened by free and open communications among everyone representing various cultural and religious traditions; and
WHEREAS, the 96th United States Congress officially
M recognized the noble qualities of Islam in a concurrent
resolution on October 15, 1979 (SCR 43), honoring the religion’s 14th centennial; now, therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the
Twenty-fifth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session
of 2009, the Senate concurring, that September 24, 2009, shall
be known as “Islam Day” to recognize the rich religious,
scientific, cultural, and artistic contributions Islam and the
Islamic world have made since their founding; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to Hawaii’s congressional
delegation, the Governor, and the Board of the Muslim
~ Association of Hawaii.
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