Texas kills anti-Sharia bill as more folks awaken.
The Texas senate voted to strip the anti-Sharia amendment from the Senate's version of a bill known as the "American Laws for American Courts" bill.
The anti-Sharia amendment, which was introduced by Republican Rep. Leo Berman, would have prohibited Texas courts from applying foreign or Islamic Sharia Law in family cases when in conflict with rights guaranteed by the US Constitution.
When the House bill reached the Senate, that body refused to agree to the anti-Sharia provision. On June 29, the Texas House met and approved the Senate changes to the bill by a vote of 94-44.
In Illinois a few days later, the House passed an entirely different kind of legislation June 1--a Green Ramadan resolution acknowledging the ninth month of the Islamic calendar as a "Green Month" for all faith communities in Illinois.
Zaher Sahloul, chair of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC), said: "It is a great day for people of faith and for Illinois Muslims. Illinois is the first state in the nation that recognizes the month of Ramadan, the month of fasting in Islam, as the month of protecting our environment and our earth for all faith groups.
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|Title Annotation:||Faith: Religion and the world|
|Publication:||Iran Times International (Washington, DC)|
|Date:||Jul 8, 2011|
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