The folks over at the Center for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) wants Broward Republican “leaders” to cancel a Thursday speaking engagement featuring nationally known political activist Pamela Geller. As editor of the Atlas Shrugs website, Geller has exposed the political activities of CAIR and other Muslim groups. No stranger to Broward politics, Geller has appeared at many Tea Party Fort Lauderdale events without incident.
Tomorrow night, the Davie/Cooper City Republican Club and the Southwest Broward Republican Organization (SWBRO) are co-hosting an event featuring Geller, Tom Trento and “Wild Bill For America.” The meeting starts at 7pm at the Walter C. Young Middle School Auditorium in Pembroke Pines.
In 2011, Nezar Hamze attempted to join the Broward Republican Executive Committee. Hamze’s application was denied and he admitted to RED BROWARD the whole affair was a ploy cooked up by a disgruntled blogger.
Here’s the press release from CAIR:FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CAIR-FL Asks GOP to Drop Anti-Muslim Speakers Muslim civil rights group decries GOP’s pattern of hosting speakers who bash Islam (PEMBROKE PINES, FL, 10/16/2013) — The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) today called on Republican leaders in that state to drop anti-Muslim speakers Pamela Geller and Tom Trento, who are scheduled to appear Thursday at a “hate fest” hosted by GOP groups at a middle school in Pembroke Pines,Fla. SEE: An Evening with Special Guest Pamela Geller CAIR-FL is urging the event’s sponsors, the Davie/Cooper City Republican Club and the Southwest Broward Republican Organization, to disassociate their party from the anti-Muslim bigotry routinely espoused by the speakers.CAIR’s executive director in South Florida, Nezar Hamze, said in a statement:
“By hosting another anti-Islam hate fest, it seems the Republican Party hasn’t learned the lesson of the last election cycle when their hero Allen West lost to Congressman Patrick Murphy. In Broward County, minorities are now the majority, and hate-based campaigns do not work. Bigotry and intolerance must not be tolerated in any shape or form. Events like these show residents of Broward County what GOP hate really looks like. We call on the Florida GOP and all Floridians to repudiate Islamophobia.”
As a Muslim and registered Republican, Hamze in 2012 attempted to join the County’s GOP Executive Committee, but was resoundingly rejected simply because of his faith.
Hamze urged GOP leaders to repudiate the type of anti-Muslim hate that is often associated with the Republican Party, and condemns the pattern of repeated GOP-organized events featuring anti-Muslim speakers. Recent events promoting anti-Muslim speakers organized by Florida GOP groups include those in St. John’s County and at the Florida Tea Party Convention, where Pam Geller was the keynote speaker.