During a press conference in Tampa, Florida, on Tuesday, members of the Community Issues Council, a Tea Party-affiliated group, planned to announce their protest against the Hillsborough County school district (video below).
The Community Issues Council is upset at the school district for allowing Hassan Shibly, the head of the local chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), to speak to high school students about Islamic history last year, reports RawStory.com.
WTVT-TV reported that a group of pro-CAIR demonstrators interrupted the press conference.
One pro-CAIR protestor said: “Let’s be clear: hate, racism is not acceptable in this country, it’s not acceptable on this school board."
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CIC president and school board candidate Terry Kemple said that Americans needed to stand up against CAIR speakers in schools: “It’s part of that stealth, quiet, one little step at a time, jihad that’s being waged against America, that we need to stand up against."
In 2007, CAIR was one of nearly 250 groups named as an “unindicted co-conspirator or joint venturer” in a terrorist financing case. In 2010, a federal appeals court ruled that the “co-conspirator” label be removed from CAIR in the case.