This is a lesson in dawa - pretending to benevolent for the purpose of
diverting attention away from the influence peddling and spreading
islam.....the money comes from saudi benefactors ....it's dirty money
County bosses praise Islamic community
By MICHAEL D. BATES [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Published: Nov 14, 2006 http://www.hernandotoday.com/MGBL7JT4JUE.html
BROOKSVILLE â?" Members of the Islamic community presented a $5,000 check
Tuesday to United Way which will be used to purchase food baskets for the
needy this Thanksgiving.
â?oOur faith, the religion of Islam, calls upon us to help the needy,â?
said Ahmed Bedier, executive director of the Tampa chapter of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), who made the trip to Hernando County for
the annual presentation at the county commission meeting.
This yearâ?Ts presentation received more attention than usual because of
recent remarks by Mary Ann Hogan, wife of former county commissioner Tom
Hogan Sr., referring to the Islam religion as â?ohateful and frightening.â?
Tom Hogan Sr., whose last day on the board was Monday, Nov. 13, agreed with
his wife, who originally made the comments in a letter to the editor of
Several media representatives covered Tuesdayâ?Ts event and asked Bedier,
and other Muslim community leaders gathered at the courthouse, for a
reaction to the controversy that has now become a statewide issue.
Earlier this month, CAIR called on Gov. Bush to remove Hogan from office.
Bush appointed Hogan in August to fill the unexpired term of former
commissioner Robert Schenck.
Bush, along with the chairwoman of the state GOP and county commissioners,
all condemned Hoganâ?Ts comments.
Hogan never apologized nor did he step down.
But the controversy was refueled when Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite in a television
interview last week defended the Hogansâ?T right to free speech.
â?oWe wanted to send a clear message to the public that these remarks are
unacceptable,â? Bedier said Tuesday
Bedier said Brown-Waiteâ?Ts recent comments hurt her and reflects badly on
her congressional district.
Dr. Adel Eldin, who began the local food drive, said anti-Islamic comments
are born out of an ignorance of the religion. He believes that if more
people educated themselves, they would not utter such bigoted comments.
â?oOur common enemy is ignorance,â? he said.
Moments after the food basket presentation ended and the chambers cleared,
an audience member lashed out at County Commissioner Diane Rowden for
Rowden later said itâ?Ts time for people to â?ostop the nonsenseâ? of
â?oWeâ?Tre talking about Americans, our neighbors, our friends,â? Rowden
said of local Muslims. â?oI think weâ?Tre blessed to have so many diverse
people living in Hernando County.â?
Outgoing County Commissioner Nancy Robinson urged the county to come
together â?oin peace and harmony.â?
â?oDonâ?Tt worry about our diversity, celebrate it,â? Robinson said.
Kathy Jones, interim executive director of the United Way of Hernando
County, said the food baskets will go to needy families and veterans in the
community. Publix also helped in the event.
Reporter Michael D. Bates can be contacted at 352-544-5290.
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