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The Honolulu Advertiser
Updated at 3:53 p.m., Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Hawaii lawmakers create 'Islam Day'

Associated Press

Hawaii is planning to celebrate "Islam Day" over the objections of state lawmakers who associate extremist Muslims with terrorism.

The resolution to proclaim Sept. 24, 2009, as Islam Day passed the Senate today on a 22-3 vote.

As more than 100 Christians gathered in the Senate to oppose same-sex civil unions cheered, the Senate's two Republicans argued that members of all religions shouldn't forget the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Democrats countered that the diversity and positive contributions of the Islamic world should be honored.

The resolution does not call for any spending or organized celebration of Islam Day.