ACTION ALERT: CAIR-Florida Calls on the Republican Party of Polk County to Drop Anti-Muslim Presentation

(MIAMI, FL, 1/2/18) – The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations -Florida (CAIR-Florida), the state’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today called on the Republican Party of Polk County to denounce the Florida Republican Club of Lakeland’s scheduled anti-Muslim presentation by Jeffrey Sanow.

According to Lakeland’s GOP Club website, Sanow’s presentation will focus on what sharia (Islamic principles) really means and how it is incompatible with the United States’ Constitution. The event will be part of the Club’s board of directors’ election scheduled for January 3rd at the Cleveland Heights Golf and Country Club in Lakeland, Fla.

CAIR-Florida said the Lakeland’s Republican Club’s invitation to Jeffrey Sanow to discuss matters of Islam and sharia is really meant to deceive attendees and arouse hate toward the religion of Islam and American Muslims. 

In a statement, CAIR-Florida’s Central Florida Regional Director Rasha Mubarak said:

“We wonder what kind of expertise Mr. Sanow has about Islam and Islamic law? He has already stated that, ”˜Americans must reclaim their religious heritage if we are to roll back the onslaught of Islam’, ”˜Sharia continues to creep into our courts, legislature, schools and companies’, and ”˜The foundation of Islam is retribution.’ Who knows what other anti-Islamic rhetoric he will spew to get his misguided message across?

“We are asking the Republican Party of Polk County to ensure that the Lakeland’s GOP club members immediately cancel this presentation. They should also send a clear message to the state’s officers, clubs and organizations to reject any kind of platforms for anti-Muslim and xenophobic speakers.”

CAIR-Florida is also calling on concerned community members to take action by emailing the Republican Party of Polk County and the Republican Club of Lakeland to drop Sanow as its featured guest speaker.


CLICK HERE to email Republican Party of Polk County and Florida Republican Club of Lakeland.


CAIR-Florida is the state’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties of all people, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR-Florida es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CAIR-Florida Communications Director Wilfredo A. Ruiz,, 305.502.6749

CAIR-Florida Central Florida Regional Director Rasha Mubarak,, 407.490.9407