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Fla. AG Asked to Rescind Appointment of Islam-Basher

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

BREAKING NEWS:

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ST. PETERSBURG – The Council on American-Islamic Relations presented a check for $5,000 this afternoon to the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg as seed money for a campaign to fund the repair of churches damaged by violence in reaction to Pope Benedict’s comments. (MORE)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FL AG ASKED TO RESCIND APPOINTMENT OF ISLAM-BASHER

(MIAMI, FL, 9/21/2006) – The Florida office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) today called on that state’s attorney general and gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist to rescind his appointment of a man who claims Islam is “evil” to a campaign policy council.

SEE: Policy Councils

The deputy press secretary of the Crist campaign told CAIR-FL that Rev. O’Neal Dozier will not be removed from the “Strengthening Florida’s Families” council despite his rhetorical attacks on Muslims and Islam. Dozier has openly opposed the building of a mosque in Pompano Beach and has repeatedly called Islam a “cult” that “teaches evil and hatred.”

SEE: Black Ministers Preach Against ‘Evil’ New Mosque

After Dozier made public statements attacking Islam, Governor Jeb Bush removed him from the Seventeenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission.

SEE: Pastor Who Insulted Islam is Replaced on Political Panel

“Florida Muslims and other people of conscience call on Charlie Crist to repudiate Dozier’s anti-Muslim hatred and to rescind his appointment to the policy council,” said CAIR-FL Executive Director Altaf Ali. “Crist’s refusal to act on this important issue sends the message that a public official and candidate for governor endorses religious bigotry and intolerance.”

CAIR has 32 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR-FL Executive Director Altaf Ali, 954-298-8214, E-MAIL: altaf@cairfl.org; Melissa Matos, Communication Director, 954-272-0490, E-MAIL: melissa@cairfl.org

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE and RESPECTFUL)

CONTACT Charlie Crist and ask him to remove Rev. Dozier from the Strengthening Florida’s Families policy council.

CONTACT:

Charlie Crist for Governor
2032 Thomasville Road, Suite C
Tallahassee, Florida 32308
Phone: 850-656-9445
E-Mail: campaign@charliecrist.com
COPY ALL CORRESPONDENCE TO: info@cair-florida.org

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