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Florida House Republican Leader Hosts Anti-Islam Event

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On Monday April 27th, the Florida Security Council and the International Free Press Society hosted a “Free Speech Summit” in a Delray Beach synagogue. The event was assembled to highlight the anti-Islamic views of Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who was the featured speaker at the summit. Wilders is the subject of criminal prosecution by the Dutch government for his controversial statements about Islam, such as equating the Koran to Mein Kampf. The court of appeals in Amsterdam has judged that some of these statements may amount to inciting hatred towards Muslims; the act of inciting hatred is illegal under Dutch law. Furthermore, Wilders was barred from entering Great Britain, as a spokesman from the Home Office made clear, “The Government opposes extremism in all forms. It will stop those who want to spread extremism, hatred and violent messages in our communities from coming to our country.”

In his introduction to the Free Speech Summit Wilders refers to Islam as a threat to Europe stating that Islam is , “… endangering our history, our freedom, our prosperity and our culture”. He goes on to state that “Islam is not a religion. Islam is a totalitarian political ideologue. Islam [sic] heart lies at the Quran, and the Quran is a book that calls for hatred, that calls for violence, for murder, for terrorism, for war, and submission…We should also stop pretending that Islam is a religion…the right to religious freedom should not apply to Islam”.

Also present was state representative of district 87 and leader of the Republican party in the Florida house, Adam Hasner. Hasner is also listed as a sponsor of the summit. From all observation this is not Hasner’s first sign of involvement with blatantly anti-Islamic elements. In 2007, he hosted a showing of “Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West”, for state legislators.

He has also attempted to block Florida Muslim Capital Day, sponsored by Council on American-Islamic Relations. In an e-mail he sent to several Jewish lobbyists he attempted to organize opposition to the event saying, “By now, I can’t imagine you haven’t heard about this upcoming lobbying day for Muslims in Tallahassee…Do you all intend to be part of an information campaign in opposition to it?” He has since claimed that this attempt to block the assembly was not part of an action against Muslims, but rather against the organizing group’s leader stating that the, “well-documented ties that this group’s leader has to organizations that are affiliated with terrorist groups such as Hamas”. Hasner has also gone as far as to leave the floor of the legislature during the first prayer given by an Imam, only to return as soon as the prayer ended.


Written by jackofspades83

May 26, 2009 at 4:46 pm

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  1. And so? You have a problem with people speaking their minds freely, or with choosing not to subject themselves to the mouthings of a Muslim, or not blithely allow a terrorist front-group to gather unopposed at the state Capital?


    May 26, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    • I have no problem with people speaking their minds freely, but with free speech comes the responsibility of people in society to use that same ability to counter rhetoric that is harmful to the innocent. Without such self-regulatory discipline, harmful elements of society (such as Nazis) are allowed to manipulate society and come to power by virtual lack of ideological opposition. Wilders and Hasner are using the actions of a tiny minority to speak for nearly a billion human beings, and using such rhetoric to justify punitive actions against Muslims as a group. They do this without any distinction between terrorists and the hundreds of millions of Muslims who are no more guilty of inhuman acts than you or I. I don’t think that either of them have ever had any dealings with Muslims in general, or even understand that much of our coveted western society has roots to the Islamic world.

      Furthermore, they offer no evidence of Council of American Islamic Relations as being a front group for anything. Hasner provides even less evidence for why Florida Muslim Capital Day should be opposed at all. The activity had no aspect to it which was any different than the million of interest group lobbying campaigns that take place in our state capitals virtually every day. In fact all CAIR asked from legislators was to treat the American Islamic community with respect. How one can equate a generalized request for respect with terrorist activity is mind bogglingly irrational.


      May 26, 2009 at 5:25 pm

  2. So their speech is unpleasant, but such unpleasant speech is the only kind that require protection. If they move past it to actually advocating some form of violence, then it’s time to complain.

    As for CAIR’s being a front-group for Islamist Terrorists, just go to: It inks out to a lot of the publicly available information. Most of it is a matter of public record and knowledge.


    May 26, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    • I disagree, if one waits for the advocation of violence it is usually too late. I believe citizens have an obligation, particularly when the source is their own representatives, to publicly state their opposition to an attempt to vilify the innocent.

      I haven’t had the time to look over the documentation, but it does appear to be disturbing. The possibility that leaders of CAIR have links to terrorist groups is disconcerting if accurate. I would also note that it is particularly unfortunate if this turns out to be true, because Wilders and Hasner have essentially poisoned this reports credibility simply by being associated with it.


      May 26, 2009 at 8:53 pm

      • Jack, if they replaced “Islam” with “Christianity” I wonder how many people feel just as comfortable with this.

        They could cite the repression of science in classrooms. Halting advances in medicine with the rest of the world blazing ahead by clinging to half-truths and misconceptions. Trampling on women’s reproductive rights due to a faux sense of morality (which tends to go missing when concerning adults) etc… The list of grievances could be endless.

        There shouldn’t be any problem with voicing opposition against this group either and no Christians need to take any offense. Or if they are, they could act as Christ for once and turn the other cheek.

        After all, we all know that Christians don’t murder abortion doctors or await the end of the world like some doomsday death cult. Only the “extremists” do. And as jonolan suggests “terrorist front groups” must be challenged across the board right?

        For the attendees of this event, “Free Speech” is a convenient cop out when they’re not the target of said speech.


        June 5, 2009 at 12:50 am

      • And a Christian group would be protested in a similar manner, eksmith. Nearly every time a Christian group interacts with the government in the manner that CAIR does, people come out to protest and complain.

        If anything, the Islamic groups are just now being challenged in a similar manner.


        June 5, 2009 at 10:43 am

  3. The Quran calls for peace, for humanity, for respect, for equality. For love.

    And most important of all, for the worshiping of the One God, Who created everything, Who is aware, Who, in good time, will come to claim every single human’s soul. From Him humans came, and to Him they return.

    Sakina Al-Amin

    May 26, 2009 at 9:10 pm

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