Readers root for Stephen Ellis and argue about Sharia law in Missouri

DAILY RFT, APRIL 29, 2011
LAW OF THE LAND
Start making sense: Banning Sharia law is just about nonsensical ["U.S. Attorney: Feds Could Challenge Missouri Anti-Sharia Legislation," John H. Tucker].

First off, what exactly would it mean from a legal standpoint to ban it? That would require you to actually be able to define it. Then you would have to determine what you mean by banning it — 'cause I'm pretty sure the Constitution is the basis for law in our society, so if we need a law to back that up, I'm pretty sure that this is just a thinly veiled message to the Islamic community that they are not welcome here.

And if banning it means it cannot be the basis for legal action in Missouri, well, that is nigh impossible to enforce. Since what Sharia law is isn't even fully agreed upon, saying something is or is not based on Sharia would pretty much be impossible to determine.

So really, this law will not accomplish anything. Why waste everyone's time with it?
Kenwa02, via the Internet

Sneak attack: Our Constitution is the supreme law of the land. We should not be subject to any other form of law, be it international or Sharia. Did it ever strike anyone else that if Muslims weren't trying to introduce Sharia for use in the U.S., they wouldn't have any objections to banning it?
McJenny, via the Internet

FEATURE, APRIL 28, 2011
BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE
Rooting for Stephen Ellis: One of the best articles that I've ever read, period ["Rugby Burn," John H. Tucker]. I hope this young man is able to see out every one of his dreams.
Nola76, via the Internet

Waiting for his rugby field return: Great story on my teammate Stephen. He will be on the pitch again. Let any who don't believe stand in front of him when he gets the ball. Well done, John!
Jroyer74, via the Internet

Wondering about his condition: I've thought about that day so many times, eager to find out how he was recovering. I knew that it was serious. It brings me great comfort to know he has recovered. Steve, you've been in my prayers. Good luck to you!
Stacy Hancock, via the Internet

Wishing him well: Stephen, get well soon. I know you're stubborn, just like your old man. You will be back on the pitch again.

And Russ, if your knees are as strong as your head, two more years will be no problem, because we are too stubborn to leave the pitch.
Bigun, via the Internet

CAFE, APRIL 21, 2011
THE BIG O
Paging O! Wing Plus: This place has got to start serving beer ["Wingasm," Ian Froeb]. Yeah, you can get wings to go, but wings can change into a soggy mess after a car ride.
Jim, via the Internet

Perfect as is: This place has the best chicken wings ever. I keep going back for more because their sauce is addicting. My favorite sauce is the "Thai chile lime," but when I am feeling for that extra kick I'll get the "Hot Mama" sauce.

Besides great food, the place is decorated nicely, has friendly service and is always clean.
Annie, via the Internet

FEATURE, APRIL 21, 2011
A PRAIRIE CHICKEN'S COMPANION
But the chickens are horny: Wow, isn't the RFT edgy and hip ["Little Cocks on the Prairie," Aimee Levitt]. I feel so cool now that I've read a paper that uses tactless words like "horny" in the title of the article.

What's a conservation story doing in such a hip rag, anyway? Could it be for the sole purpose of using a fashionably anarchist, hip, crunchy, non-conformist title to an oddly out-of-place story?
Splashlog, via the Internet

 
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Steven M

The movement to "Ban" Sharia Law is just plain stupid. No law can take effect in the United States or in Missouri, without first being passed by the house and senate of the appropriate body, and then signed by the Governor or the President. This is laid out in both the Missouri and the United States Constitutions. So any part of Sharia Law that were to be written into a new law, and passed by all the bodies of our system, is no longer Sharia, it is now Missouri or US law.

If the people of Missouri, or of the United States were to agree that any small portion of Sharia Law made sense to be part of US or Missouri law, then that is what our system is all about. Elect representatives that say openly that they will not pass ANY law that is not right for us, and we have nothing to fear.

Blanket bans are simply a way of trying to hide a racist bias against all things Muslim.

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