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CAIR-FL: Gubernatorial Candidate Asked to Remove Muslim-Basher


(TAMPA, FL, 11/03/2006) – The Tampa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Tampa) today called on GOP gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist to rescind his appointment of a Hernando woman who said Islam is a “hateful, frightening religion” to a campaign election coalition.

SEE: Crist Announces Coalition of 156 Women

Mary Ann Hogan and her husband Tom Hogan made headlines this week when they sent anti-Muslim letters to the editors and defended their views that Muslims are “barbarians.”

Mary Hogan also told the St. Petersburg Times: “The stated goal of the Muslim faith is to kill us, the ‘infidels,'” Hogan added: “Even if they have gotten citizenship, they are not true Americans in my opinion. They all want to kill us,”

SEE: Muslim Bashing Sets Off Furor

In a letter to Charlie Crist, CAIR-Tampa’s Executive Director Ahmed Bedier wrote:

“With the election only a few days away we are concerned about your close relationship to the Hogan family and would like to make sure that you do not share their views. . .Our organization finds the Hogans’ comments deeply disturbing. Certainly, the comments are bigoted. As the GOP candidate for Governor we call upon you and other political candidates statewide to repudiate the ignorant anti-Muslim comments made by Mr. and Mrs. Hogan.”

“It is unacceptable for any candidate to associate themselves with individuals that have extreme hatred for a religious minority,” said CAIR-Tampa Executive Director Ahmed Bedier. “Mr. Crist must do the right thing by disassociating himself from Mrs. Hogan’s comments and removing her from his coalition.”

Two months ago, Crist removed another Muslim-basher from his campaign policy council, after repeated requests by CAIR.

SEE: Crist Dumps Preacher Who Ranted On Islam

CONTACT: Ahmed Bedier, 813-731-9506


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