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Eastern Missouri ACLU hosts first Muslim Day at Capitol
by Jamie Hausman
Seven-year-old Yusuf Hacking from Webster Groves got an unofficial day off school Wednesday to visit the state Capitol. His mother, an Egyptian, brought him to Jefferson City to learn about the legislative process. They were two of the more than 100 people who attended the state capital's first Muslim Day.
The event was organized by the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri Muslim Rights Task Force in response to several bills that have been brought up in the Statehouse regarding foreign law.
Those bills include those sponsored by Reps. Don Wells, R-Cabool, and Paul Curtman, R-Pacific. While Curtman's bill bans the acceptance of foreign laws in Missouri courts, Wells' bill specifically targets Shariah, which is Islamic law based on the Quran.
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