TAMPA parents win one battle to stop representatives of CAIR from speaking in Tampa public schools

But the war to stop CAIR’s infiltration of schools, public institutions, and government continues…with David Caton of Florida Family leading the charge.

From David Caton, head of floridafamily.org

We need to be clear; we have won the battle for now to stop invitations for CAIR officials to address students in Tampa schools.

Hillsborough County School Board Chair Candy Olson “I think it is highly unlikely that a teacher .. if a teacher chooses to invite a speaker in would invite CAIR right now. They don’t want to be the target of this kind of thing.”

Florida Family Association sent out an email alert on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 which encouraged supporters to send emails to companies that advertised with The Tampa Tribune because of the paper’s continued bias for CAIR and its impact on the school board in Tampa. 

The April 3, 2012 email alert reported on the Hillsborough County School Board’s failure, as we predicted, to adopt policy to prohibit political advocacy groups like the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) from addressing students.  Some supporters thought we lost the battle because a policy was not adopted.

We have won the battle for now.  Florida Family Association wants to make sure that it is clear to our supporters that we have effectively won the challenge to stop CAIR from addressing students for now.  Florida Family Association reported numerous reasons for declaring victory in previous email alerts which are all posted below.  Additionally, Florida Family Association has engaged in the following planned efforts.

Steinbrenner teachers respond to our reward offer.  Florida Family Association received calls from two teachers who are interested in the $1,000 reward that Florida Family Association offered for information regarding future CAIR speaking engagements and $2,000 reward if the information is received more than a week before the engagement date.

"It's a little disturbing," said Hassan Shibly of the reward from David Caton, inset.

Florida Family Association is placing more pressure on Steinbrenner High School.  IF (and that is a big IF) CAIR is invited back we will organize a protest in front of the school as well as hand out information to parents during several days before and after the speaking engagement.  Additionally, we have inquired with officials at Steinbrenner High School about renting their auditorium to hold a public event which would present the truth about Islamist radical plans for America which include adoption of Sharia law. 

Board Chair Candy Olson confirmed Florida Family Association’s assessment during a February 28, 2012 meeting that CAIR officials would not be addressing students anytime in the near future.  She said “I have to tell ya.  I know you don’t like to hear that I trust our teachers.  But I think it is highly unlikely that a teacher .. if a teacher chooses to invite a speaker in would invite CAIR right now.  They don’t want to be the target of this kind of thing.” 

Additionally, Board Chair Candy Olson reiterated her conclusion in a news report during a March 30, 2012 workshop “Olson said she believes teachers and administrators at Steinbrenner – or any school – would be hesitant to bring CAIR into the classroom.”

Thanks to your support we have won the battle to stop CAIR from addressing students.

BRAVO to all the courageous, well-informed parents who came armed (with facts) to take on CAIR:

Of course, the liberal media spin on this issue paints quite a different picture.

CL TAMPA  A controversy has been provoked by some of the most notorious conservatives in the county, who have a problem with the board because the leader of the local branch of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), Hassan Shibly, was invited to speak at Steinbrenner High School class in world history last year.

Shibly’s association with CAIR has stoked the anti-Islamic passions of a bloc of Hillsborough residents, led by conservative activists David Caton and Terry Kemple.

Their opposition forced the board on Friday afternoon to hold a workshop on the district’s policy regarding guest speakers in the classroom. The entire board, with the exception of Stacy White, agreed that nothing needed to be changed in the current policy.


The workshop began with 16-year-old Steinbrenner High sophomore Austin Ransdell testifying about Shibly’s presentation. The teen said Shibly had spoken, among other things, about Muslims’ pilgrimage to Mecca, as well as basic principles of Islam. 

Stacy White said he had read in newspaper accounts that Shibly had talked about stereotypes and prejudice against Muslims. Ransdell said that was accurate, that Shibly said there was a perpetuation in the culture of the notion that all Muslims are terrorists. Ransdell said Shibly had said that was false, “and that most of them don’t feel that way.” Olson interjected. “He didn’t say all of them?” referring to the line about Muslims not being terrorists.

White said he took issue with Shibly referring to anti-Muslim stereotypes, and that the only other interaction that Ransdell’s class had had with a different religion happened outside the classroom on a field trip. White said he wanted to be assured that no proselytizing was taking place in the classroom.

Later White added that CAIR had a “cloud of suspicion” lingering over it. The group for many years was considered the biggest mainstream Muslim organization in the U.S., and enjoyed positive relations with elected officials and the FBI. But that perception changed to some extent in 2008, when officials with the FBI said they were no longer “an appropriate liaison partner” because of evidence linking the organization and its founders to Hamas. The FBI’s decision was controversial, and the group still maintains positive relations with many elected officials.

PARENTS AGAINST CAIR came out in droves

With the exception of White, the rest of the board agreed that the rules already in place to deal with guest speakers were sufficient, and board member April Griffin complained that the whole exercise had been a waste of time. Saying she was resentful about the whole discussion, Griffin said shae had been “absolutely insulted over the conversations taking place over the last 12 months, insults comparing people to child molesters and KKK that just crossed a line that I thought was disgusting.”

For good measure Griffin blasted Caton and Kemple as well, and said she didn’t care if that offended anybody. “If I catch some flak for this, so be it. I’ve caught it in the past and it’s fine.” Olson said she has received a lot of emails about the controversy. Not so much about CAIR per se, she said, as about Sharia law and “all kinds of things that had nothing to do with CAIR.”

She then distributed a brief policy sheet about guest speakers that she was hoping to the board could sign off on, but School Board attorney Tom Gonzalez nixed that, saying that a public hearing would have to be set before the amended policies could be established. No doubt that hearing will provide plenty of opportunity for members of the public’s anti-Islamic statements to flourish.

WARNING to PARENTS: CAIR has outposts all over this country. The next public school that will be pressured into allowing a CAIR representative into the classroom to indoctrinate children with a whitewashed version of Islam could be YOURS: