Freedom and liberty are buzzwords, ladies and gentlemen. Tell that to the glorified dead who fought for those buzzwords.
Once again, the Miami Herald libels SIOA, calling us an anti-Muslim group. Hardly. We are a Save America group. It is telling that anyone who fights for freedom and religious liberty is perceived as anti-Muslim.
Jaweed Kaleem seems to have a direct line to CAIR. He does their bidding like a dancing boy in Afghanistan. I laid out his unprofessional and biased conduct in my article yesterday published at the American Thinker.
Kaleem reluctantly contacted me over the past couple of days, insisting upon proof that the bus ads would be going back up. As if ........we were lying? The Volokh legal blog has confirmation from Miami Dade Transit -- but the Miami Herald couldn't get it.
Kaleem neglected to run any of my remarks previously, even though he had communicated with me extensively prior. And he went on to quote at length a representative from CAIR, without bothering to get a response from Robert or myself -- which proves he's a tool.
The fact that Mr. Kaleem went directly to CAIR forces the question: was CAIR informed of this whole affair directly from Mr. Kaleem? If true, this suggests that Kaleem operated in this instance as a CAIR informant/agent?
Further, it is an astonishing fact that Kaleem and the Herald did not bother to inform Miami Herald readers that CAIR has been named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terror financing trial in the history of the US (a trial which culminated in convictions) and the fact that the DOJ and the FBI have labeled CAIR as a Muslim Brotherhood-Hamas front group. These are not secrets. Anyone with Google would be inundated with the evidence. It is provable on concrete evidence. Yet Kaleem mentions none of it.
Further, notice that Kaleem mentions the additional 20 ads that will run, without mentioning that Miami Dade Transit gave them to us at less than half price, as recompense for their guilt.
Controversial anti-Muslim ads to be reinstalled on Miami-Dade buses
An anti-Muslim group's controversial ads -- removed last week from the exterior of county buses -- will be reinstalled the first week of May.
Ten controversial advertisements by an anti-Muslim group that were removed from Miami-Dade Transit buses after the department received complaints will go back up.
The ads, which a transit official said were pulled last week because they ``may be offensive,'' have the message ``Fatwa on your head? Is your community or family threatening you? Leaving Islam? Got questions? Get answers!'' and direct Muslims to a website urging them to leave the ``falsity of Islam.''
Transit spokesman Clinton Forbes said that, after reviewing the ads with the Miami-Dade County Attorney's office, the county decided that, ``although they may be considered offensive by some, they do not fall under the general guidelines that would warrant their removal.'' He added the county ``is not endorsing the message being presented.''
The ads, purchased by New York-based Stop the Islamization of America, will be reinstalled May 3, said Pamela Geller, the organization's director. Geller said CBS Outdoor, which contracts ad sales for county buses, will also run 20 additional ads.
``It was a violation of free speech that they were removed. Whether you like it or not, all ideas should be presented. It is dangerous not for all but some to leave Islam in America. This is a victory for free speech and religious liberty,'' Geller said.
Muhammed Malik, director of the South Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic relations, which had praised the ads' removal, said it will now use them ``as an opportunity to spark discussion about what Islam is really about.''
``Freedom and liberty are buzzwords they use as a smoke screen for their hatred,'' he said.
The religion-themed ads are not the first to cause a tussle. Last summer, a South Florida group's pro-atheism billboard in Fort Lauderdale sparked protest by Christians from nearby churches. In 2008, the Council on American-Islamic relations sponsored ads on 120 Miami-Dade and Broward buses that said ``Why Islam? Got Questions? Get Answers!'' and caused controversy because they called Islam ``the way of life of Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad.''
Both ads were allowed to stay up.