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Florida Republican House
Leader, Adam Hasner, Leaves House Floor Before Muslim Prayer
Rep. Adam Hasner, the head of Florida's 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.
ACTION: ASK FLA. HOUSE SPEAKER TO DEFEND RELIGIOUS RIGHTS
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - My 2, 2009
CAIR said that Rep. Adam Hasner, the head of Florida's 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.
Imam Leads House Prayer (Palm Beach Post)
The apparent walkout
is being cited as an additional reason for Hasner to step down from his
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.
Fla. House GOP Leader Hosts Event Denying Religious Freedom
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 submission...We 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.
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 Florida's 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 Hasner's behavior is un-American and unbefitting an elected
official in his position."
Awad also called on political and
interfaith leaders to condemn Hasner's 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 Tallahassee...Do you
all intend to be part of an information campaign in opposition to it?"
House Leader E-Mails Alert About Muslim Event to Jewish Lobbyists (St.
In 2007, Hasner sponsored a screening of the
anti-Muslim film "Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West" for state
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.
Florida House of Representatives
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: (850) 488-1450
CAIR ACTION ALERT #574.