FLORIDA: Radical Islamic group accuses Republicans of fostering anti-Muslim sentiment

Hassan Shibly of Muslim Brotherhood front group CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) sent letters to almost every Republican Club or party extension in the state, asking the groups to stop bringing speakers who espouse anti-Islamic views. The letter said it represented the interests of more than 150,000 registered Florida Muslim voters.

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Herald Tribune  Hassan Shibly, executive director for CAIR, based in Tampa, said such speakers not only inflame anti-Islam tensions but have also led to discriminatory legislation: namely Senate Bill 386, which would ban Islamic sharia law from being enacted in Florida; and House Bill 921, which allows school districts to select textbooks instead of adhering to the statewide curriculum.

Shibly said the textbook debate came about after a parent in Volusia County became uncomfortable with the number of pages in a history textbook that described Islam and organized a protest to persuade the school district to stop using the book. The Volusia School District noted that there are many more references to Christianity in the textbook than there are to Islam.

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Shibly said the letters were only sent to Republican lawmakers and groups because Republicans drafted and support these two bills and because no other party has invited anti-Islam speakers to give presentations . (That’s what makes the Florida Republicans better than the rest)

“Our office has documented a pattern of local GOP organizations inviting extremist  brilliant and highly-respected anti-Muslim speakers who promote fear and hatred justifiable suspicion of the entire Muslim faith and community, often under the pretense of targeting ‘radicals,’ ” Shibly wrote in the letter. (Fear and hatred is just the unintended consequence)

Sen. Nancy Detert, who represents Sarasota County and part of Charlotte County, refused to comment on the two bills and the letter sent out by CAIR. “Why should I care about a letter sent out by someone I know nothing about? Is that really worth a story?” Detert said. (If she knew who CAIR was, she wouldn’t care what they sent her either)

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Shibly, a (non-practicing) attorney from New York who became involved with civil liberty  Islamocentric issues among Muslims while still in college, cited several Sarasota County events to illustrate the concerns Islamic leaders have about inflammatory speakers.

On Sept. 11, a Venice remembrance ceremony hosted renowned speaker Tom Trento, who heads “The United West,” a group identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an anti-Islamic hate group. (SPLC has been totally discredited by the FBI. They list every counterjihad group as a hate group but never list any Muslim groups like CAIR)

“I’m not talking about radical Islam or moderate Islam,” Trento said at the ceremony. “I’m talking about all Islam. Their goal is to get every single one of us to convert to Islam. And they won’t stop until we do.” (Exactly)

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Trento was later invited to speak at a Nokomis-Osprey-Venice Area Republican Club meeting. Frank Patti, who heads the NOVA Republican Club, said he offered to have anyone with a different viewpoint than Trento to attend the talk and give a rebuttal. No one responded, he said. “He wasn’t going out there and saying we should kill (Muslims) and throw them in prisons,” Patti said. “If CAIR felt that he was wrong, they could have sent someone down.” (The pantywaists at CAIR don’t have the cojones to take on Tom Trento)

But Trento did discuss how he perceived most Muslims in America take marching orders from the Ayatollah and the Muslim Brotherhood, and how the religion was not a religion at all, but an insidious political system out to kill “infidels.”

Shibly said CAIR does not have enough personnel to send to each of these hate speakers’ engagements throughout the state, and instead wishes Republican leadership would take a stance against the discriminatory language. (Apparently anti-Islam speakers are becoming very popular across America)

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“You don’t hear them condemning this kind of speech,” Shibly said. “They have a right to host these speeches, but that doesn’t make it right.”

When Republican Party of Sarasota County Chairman Joe Gruters read the CAIR letter, he said he was unsure why it was sent to his chapter. The Republican Party of Sarasota had never brought a speaker from a designated hate group, but Shibly pointed to a visit by former Florida Congressman Allen West, who has said Islam is not a religion but a “totalitarian theocratic political ideology” at previous speaking engagements. (Of course they hate Allen West. He wiped the floor with one of their thugs who tried to intimidate West at a Town Hall meeting)

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Gruters said Islam never came up during West’s visit to Sarasota, but he said West and others have brought up valid points about Islamic extremists and the threat they pose to America. “There’s no question Islamic extremists represent the greatest challenge to our country moving forward and they’re causing us all the pain we’re feeling now in Syria, Iran and elsewhere,” Gruters said. “It’s those extremist elements that give Islam a bad name.” (No, it isn’t, most ordinary Muslims give Islam a bad name)

He echoed Patti’s preference to have both sides present arguments on the virtues and shortcomings of Islam rather than excluding a group of speakers. “I know some of these speakers are aggressive, but some of their points are valid,” Gruters said. “But our focus is winning at the local level. And we’re not dealing on these issues on a local level, so there’s no sense in riling anyone up.”

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