Tonight the Hillsborough school board met concerning the presentations of Hamas-CAIR in the children's classroom. The parents all wore red and very eloquently expressed their concerns. Supporters of Hassan Shibly also spoke to the board, calling concerned parents the usual names....
In the second to the last video (to be posted tomorrow), around minute 5, Hassan Shibly arrogantly spoke to the board. (He was the only speaker to demand more time, since he was clearly the victim. The board denied his request!)
As I wrote in the American Thinker in December: "Shibly has a track record of defending jihad terrorist groups and acting as an apologist for the worldwide jihad and Islamic supremacism. Following the 2006 Israel-Lebanon War, Shibly granted legitimacy to Hezb'allah by characterizing it as a 'resistance movement' that provides valued social services to the Lebanese people. 'They're absolutely not a terrorist organization,' Shibly said, and 'any war against them is illegitimate' -- more on that here." And Shibly is the local rep for Hamas-tied CAIR, an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terror funding trial in our nation's history, the Holy Land Foundation trial. Holy Land, an Islamic "charity," was funneling charitable donations to Hamas.
After the meeting, Shibly went to the courtyard/back area and led five others in prayer. He was on display through the glass windows for all to see. For Islamic supremacists, public prayer is an assertion of Muslim presence and power: witness the massive displays of public Muslim prayer that shut down streets in Paris and elsewhere, in open and repeated defiance of infidel laws and the convenience of local pedestrians and businesses.
Hezb'allah supporter Shibly is having a tantrum over our victory for freedom. Here is Shibly's libelous and typically dishonest post. He is lying about everything. But hey, that's what they do.
Man, does he want at our kids. Keep him away from the children.
The Danger of Empowering Hate Group LeadersThe Boards actions yesterday prompted Pamela Geller & the Florida Family Association to declare victory over the school district.Our supporters are all mainstream and academic. Our opponents are fringe and are opposed by mainstream institutions. Do not give in to bigoted pressure.Look at the long term consequences of our actions. The more we give in to hate, the more we empower them and encourage them.
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY -- Bay News
The Hillsborough County School Board meeting got heated Tuesday night as both sides spoke their views on whether an Imam from the Council on American-Islamic Relations should be allowed to lecture high school students.
For the first time since the controversy started, the Executive Director of Tampa's CAIR chapter, Hassan Shibly, took his turn at the school board podium.
"These guys are calling me a terrorist. C'mon, if any of these things were really true, I wouldn't be standing here," he said.Complaints started after Shibly spoke to a high school history class about the Islamic faith. They claim CAIR has ties to terrorism and say Shibly isn't qualified to speak to students.
Shibly defended his school appearance by saying he's trying to promote understanding.
"Unfortunately, there have been so many lies that have been said today I feel like I have to come out here and prove the world isn't flat," he said.
One school board member scolded the audience.
"I watched some people put their hands over their ears and plug their ears," said board member, April Griffin. "I watched a group of people get up in mass and walk out of the room because a young woman said she was going to say a prayer and she was Muslim."
The meeting ended peacefully but both sides say they're not backing down.
The superintendent gave board members a proposal that would set some guidelines for speakers but nothing was decided tonight.
They plan to hold a workshop and discuss it at another time.
After complaints, Hillsborough schools to limit outside speakers Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — In a move that responds to complaints about an Islamic organization, the Hillsborough County School District took a first step Tuesday toward regulating outside speakers in the classroom.
A brief set of guidelines offered by superintendent MaryEllen Elia asks teachers to look for speakers recommended by the district, consult with their principals and refrain from invitations to advocacy organizations.
The School Board will hold a workshop to discuss the issue in more detail, on a day not yet determined. Until then, a majority of board members agreed that Elia's guidelines can stand.
They did so over strong objections from member April Griffin, who said it was not Elia's place to draft policy. What's more, she said, a policy against advocacy groups would exclude many organizations including the PTA and the NAACP, not to mention groups that are regulars at the Great American Teach-In.
The discussion followed more than an hour of audience comments Tuesday — as well as earlier complaints — about the suitability of visits to classrooms from the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Unlike the last two board meetings, when only speakers opposed to CAIR took to the lectern, Tuesday's crowd included Muslim-Americans and civil rights activists who defended CAIR and its executive director, Hassan Shibly.
"These are the kinds of people I would select as my neighbors, as my babysitters and as my friends," said Lois Price, a mother of two schoolteachers and a member of Friends of Human Rights, a Tampa organization.
Added Ghazi Ahmed, who lived in Yemen and Detroit before settling in Tampa: "I have three kids and they're going to grow up here. We have to work together, not attack each other."
Those opposed to CAIR were equally passionate. Some said they had nothing against Muslims, but said the group itself has links to terrorism — something Shibly has consistently denied.
Teacher Kelly Clem-Rickon, who was raised in the Mormon faith, wore red, the color of the anti-CAIR faction. She said she would be open to presentations from any religion, but not CAIR.
Others objected to any speaker who might favor Islamic sharia law. "I do not have hate in my heart," said Christina Latchford, a military mother. "But I do recognize an ideology that is damaging, and I wouldn't subject my children to it."
The controversy began late last year after Shibly, a lawyer and an imam, spoke at an advanced placement world history class at Steinbrenner High School.
It was not the first time the history teacher had invited members of his and other religious organizations. But it caught the notice of conservative activists.
Addressing the board as one of the final speakers, Shibly said he was astounded at so much misinformation about his organization. "I feel that I have to prove the world isn't flat," he said.
Terry Kemple, of the anti-CAIR Education Coalition, said he thought Elia's plan was a step in the right direction, but preferred something to more directly address the issue of what he called terrorist sympathizers in the classroom.
Shibly said he was disappointed by the move — not necessarily because of the guidelines, but because he said they were motivated by xenophobia. Of the people who spoke against CAIR, he said, "They're not going to be happy with anyone."