PASTOR WHO INSULTED ISLAM IS REPLACED ON POLITICAL PANEL
Gov. Jeb Bush has appointed a Parkland man to succeed the Rev. O'Neal Dozier, on the Seventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission, which screens candidates for the bench in Broward County.
Dozier resigned amid controversy after calling Islam a ''cult.''
Bush appointed Clarence V. McKee, 63, a principal with Ruden McClosky Consulting, to the vacant seat on the nine-member panel.
Bush announced the appointment last week. McKee's term began on Aug. 31 and expires on July 1, 2007.
Eight county residents applied for the vacant position.
Appointed by Bush in 2001 and reappointed in 2003, Dozier was forced to resign after calling Islam a ''cult'' and a ''dangerous religion'' on a South Florida talk show.
Dozier was discussing why he and a group of ministers didn't want a mosque built in a neighborhood they referred to as a ''black Christian'' community.