Uploaded on Apr 28, 2009
Action: Ask Fla. House Speaker to Defend Religious Rights
House GOP leader Hasner leaves House floor before Muslim prayer
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/27/09) - CAIR today said that Rep. Adam Hasner, the head of Floridas House Republicans, left the floor of the legislature just prior to an Islamic prayer opening the session and returned to his seat just after the prayer ended.
SEE: Imam Leads House Prayer (Palm Beach Post)
The apparent walkout is being cited as an additional reason for Hasner to step down from his leadership post.
Yesterday, CAIR called on Republican Party leaders to remove Hasner from his post because he co-hosted a recent event at which the speaker said Islam should not be recognized as a legitimate faith and Muslims should not have religious freedom.
CAIR: Fla. House GOP Leader Hosts Event Denying Religious Freedom
In an address to the so-called Free Speech Summit in Delray Beach, Fla., Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders said: Islam is not a religion. Islam is a totalitarian political ideologue. Islam [sic] heart lies at the Quran, and the Quran is a book that calls for hatred, that calls for violence, for murder, for terrorism, for war, and submissionWe should also stop pretending that Islam is a religion...the right to religious freedom should not apply to Islam.
Hasner is on the host committee for the conference and attended Wilders speech.
SEE VIDEO: Tell GOP Lawmakers to Reject Rep. Hasner's Hate Event (United Voices)
We urge American Muslims and other people of conscience to contact the speaker of Floridas House of Representatives to ask that he defend religious freedom and interfaith tolerance by removing Representative Hasner from his leadership post, said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. Representative Hasners behavior is un-American and unbefitting an elected official in his position.
Awad also called on political and interfaith leaders to condemn Hasners behavior.
Earlier this year, Hasner attempted to block a Florida Muslim Capitol Day. In an e-mail to more than a dozen lobbyists, he wrote: By now, I can't imagine you haven't heard about this upcoming lobbying day for Muslims in TallahasseeDo you all intend to be part of an information campaign in opposition to it?
SEE: House Leader E-Mails Alert About Muslim Event to Jewish Lobbyists (St. Petersburg Times)
In 2007, Hasner sponsored a screening of the anti-Muslim film Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West for state legislators.
SEE: Obsession with Hate
ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE.)
CONTACT Rep. Larry Cretul, speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, to ask that he defend the religious rights of all Floridians and support interfaith understanding and tolerance.
Rep. Larry Cretul
Florida House of Representatives
420 The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: (850) 488-1450
Copy to: email@example.com, Chairman@gop.com
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