"Why Florida should care about CAIR" by Laura Rambeau Lee, October 1, 2013
In a surprise move at this past Monday night’s HART board meeting, the board reversed their August decision and approved the Council on American Islamic Relation’s (CAIR) request to advertise on Hillsborough County buses.
In August the HART board voted eight to two to stand firm on its policy of not accepting advertising promoting messages of a religious nature. Undaunted by this decision, CAIR appealed to the board to reconsider. The approval of past advertising campaigns and pressure from CAIR of a threatened lawsuit prompted HART counsel David Smith to advise the board to approve the advertisements. This past Monday evening the board voted unanimously to approve the ads, which promote CAIR’s free legal services:
“Embracing Diversity at Work, Defending Civil Rights in The Community.”
Embracing diversity? According to its Articles of Incorporation filed with the Division of Corporations in the State of Florida, the Florida non-profit corporation CAIR Florida restricts membership within their organization under Article Six as follows: “MEMBERS: General membership shall remain open to all Muslims regardless of color, creed, race, language or nationality. …”
It appears CAIR Florida embraces diversity as long as you are Muslim.
The most vocal supporter of CAIR and its advertising campaign, County Commissioner Kevin Beckner, received a one hundred dollar contribution from Ahmed Bedier towards his 2012 campaign. Bedier, a former Tampa CAIR executive director, now works in Tallahassee promoting United Voices for America, encouraging young Muslims to become engaged in politics and run for office and organizing an annual Muslim Capitol Day.
CAIR’s first attempt at advertising on Hillsborough County buses involved a “My jihad” campaign, as shown in the following rendering:
These advertisements were the ones the HART board had initially voted not to approve and which compelled CAIR to revise its advertising to the new “embracing diversity” advertisements which the board approved last Monday.
In response to these advertisements from CAIR, which will appear on HART buses in Hillsborough County, the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) has issued the following press release:
AFDI to Launch Public Service Ad Campaign in Tampa, offering help for threatened girls and warning about Hamas-linked CAIR
NEW YORK, September 29, 2013 — The human rights organization American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) is launching a public service bus ad campaign in Tampa to offer help for girls in danger of honor killing and to warn about the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which is active in the Tampa area.
The ads have been submitted to Tampa transit officials and will begin running on buses on October 21.
AFDI President Pamela Geller said in a statement: “The honor killing ad features heart-rending photos of girls who have been murdered in honor killings, and offers help to girls who are threatened. It is part of our ongoing campaign to raise awareness and bring a stop to the phenomenon of honor killing. These girls have rights, too, they’re human beings, and yet they’re completely forgotten in our politically correct culture. We’re standing for the human rights of these girls.”
The CAIR ads are a response to an ad campaign promoting CAIR that Tampa recently approved. Samantha L. Bowden, Communications and Outreach Director of CAIR-Tampa, said: “We got to set the record straight of who we are and what we do.”
Geller agreed, saying: “We’ve got to set the record straight on who CAIR really is and what they do.”
Belying its claims to be a civil rights organization, CAIR is actually an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case — so named by the Justice Department. CAIR operatives have repeatedly refused to denounce Hamas and Hizballah. Several former CAIR officials have been convicted of various crimes related to jihad terror. CAIR’s California chapter distributed a poster telling Muslims not to talk to the FBI. CAIR has opposed virtually every anti-terror measure that has ever been implemented.
The ads features several prominent critics of CAIR, as well as victims of the harassment that has been characteristic of the organization’s response to those it perceives as standing in the way of its aims. These include
Muslims who came to CAIR for legal help and are now suing CAIR for mishandling their cases and defrauding them:
- “It was devastating. I was taken by someone who was supposed to care and represent my needs.” — Bayenah Nur, who went to CAIR for help and is now suing CAIR
- “CAIR represented itself as the nation’s premier civil rights law firm to defend Muslims. Instead, they defrauded me and then cheated me afterwards.” — Iftikhar Saiyed, a Muslim who went to CAIR for employment discrimination
Lawmakers and law enforcement officials who have told the truth about CAIR:
3.CAIR “has ties to terrorism” and “intimate links with Hamas” — Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY)
4.CAIR, its leaders, and its activities effectively give aid to international terrorist groups.” — Steven Pomerantz, Former FBI Chief of Counterterrorism
Revealing statements by CAIR’s own leaders:
5. “WHO CARES?” — CAIR’s National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper when asked if American Muslims were among the Kenya mall jihad mass murderers
6.“Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant,” and “The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.” – CAIR’s cofounder and longtime Board Chairman Omar Ahmad
A victim of CAIR’s opposition to counterterror efforts:
7. CAIR: “They lie about my life most of the time and try to destroy my character, my capability, and my trust in the community.” — Abdirizak Bihi, Somali Muslim anti-terror leader in Minnesota who tried to stop recruitment by al-Shabaab, the murderous jihad terror group behind the Kenya mall massacre, in Minnesota, and was attacked by CAIR for doing so
AFDI stands for:
- The freedom of speech – as opposed to Islamic prohibitions of “blasphemy” and “slander,” which are used effectively to quash honest discussion of jihad and Islamic supremacism;
- The freedom of conscience – as opposed to the Islamic death penalty for apostasy;
- The equality of rights of all people before the law – as opposed to Sharia’s institutionalized discrimination against women and non-Muslims.
Join the AFDI Facebook page here.
For more information, contact Pamela Geller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE American Freedom Defense Initiative
The only thing CAIR supports is civilization jihad, and it is using our laws against us to introduce shari’ah into our community through our school board and our local, state, and national government and agencies.