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Jews beware! Muslim Day draws nigh!

Bismillah! Florida Muslim Capitol Day is scheduled for March 10. And House Republican leader Adam Hasner sees something nefarious afoot. He doesn't quite say what that is in an email he sent to Jewish lobbyists. But the day seems suspect nonetheless to him.

So Hasner suggests that Jewish leaders mount an "information campaign" against the day's organizers, speculating the group, United Voices for America, will ''push back'' against a resolution he proposed calling for solidarity with Israel. Hasner stopped just short of calling organizer Ahmed Bedier a terrorist, but went a little farther in an email to the Herald/Times (below) where he noted that Bedier worked for the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Citing blogs and a Fox news report, Hasner subjected Bedier to the six-degrees of Kevin Hamas three-degrees of Hamas treatment saying Hamas is linked to CAIR and Bedier worked at CAIR so......

"Ridiculous nonsense," said Bedier. He just wants to advocate for better schools and healthcare. Other Jewish lawmakers, most of them Democrats, say they take Bedier at his word.

From Hasner:

"I believe that all Floridians have the absolute right to petition their government and peaceably assemble, however, I am deeply concerned by the well documented ties that this group's leader has to organizations that are affiliated with terrorist groups such as Hamas.  While their name sounds peaceful, I would strongly encourage my colleagues to carefully scrutinize his background so they do not become an instrument in legitimizing or endorsing his radical agenda."


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Michael Calderin

You've been in politics too long when everyone has to be an enemy of someone else.

The appropriate suggestion here would be to mount an information campaign *WITH* this group to emphasize the issues we all have in common.

Of course, this could just be another way to distract from the real problems facing our state.


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CAIR Watch

Marc, you really need to look at the facts before you post on your blog. The information against Bedier is substantial.

Bedier was a leader of CAIR for a number of years, and the FBI refuses to meet with the group due to the group's ties to Hamas. Indeed, the Justice Department recently stated that CAIR supports terrorists.

Bedier did have press conferences for convicted Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Sami Al-Arian and has used his radio show to give a voice to Al-Arian's PIJ colleagues.

Bedier's radio show has also been used to laud Hezbollah.

Bedier did attend at least one pro-Hamas rally where there were signs calling for Israel's destruction.

You may not be concerned about these things, but these are legitimate concerns. They are certainly not some sort of "six degrees" as you suggested.

Representative Hasner did the right thing by allerting people about Bedier's visit, and he should be praised for doing so.


Rep. Hasner, why when we have so many pressing issues facing Florida you spend time making allegations that are blatantly false? Mr. Bedier has been honored by law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, for his work to keep this nation safe. He is a moderate, you could even say conservative, fellow. He enjoys a long standing history of respect among interfaith leaders. Why not spend time working on the issues facing Floridians, as Mr. Bedier is doing, instead of finding ways to limit the rights of an entire group of Floridians? Casting out hatred for a man who has the courage and strength to represent those who are often misrepresented (pun intended) is shameful. So stop being a distraction and get back to work!


If Bedier wanted better schools and health care, then why use Muslim's? Is he using religious zealotry, taking advantage of faithful Muslims to line his pockets from interest groups, or is he hiding his own agenda with bland talk.

This just doesn't make any sense and Hasner is taking the reasonable approach of presenting an alternative viewpoint, backed by information, and not taking someone at their word. Chamberlin took Hitler at his word, Israel took Hamas at their word, and the Native Americans took the US Government at it's word - all with dire consequences. When a man says one thing but his actions lead to another conclusion, trust the actions.

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