CAIR Commends Fla. Jewish Group for Condemning Hate Speech


WASHINGTON --- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today commended the Florida
office of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for condemning the
anti-Islam hate of a speaker who was recently given a standing ovation
at a synagogue in that state.

Earlier this week, CAIR called on members of the Jewish community to
condemn "Nazi-like" statements by Dutch extremist politician Geert
Wilders made recently at a Palm Beach, Fla.,
synagogue. In the speech, Wilders claimed that "Islam is not a
religion" and "the right to religious freedom should not apply to this
totalitarian ideology called Islam," all to the applause of the

SEE: CAIR: Hate Speech Applauded at Florida Synagogue

In a statement, ADL Florida Regional Director Andrew Rosenkranz said:

"The ADL strongly condemns Geert Wilders' message of hate against
Islam as inflammatory, divisive and antithetical to American democratic
ideals. This rhetoric is dangerous and incendiary, and wrongly focuses
on Islam as a religion, as opposed to the very real threat of
extremist, radical Islamists."

SEE: ADL Condemns Anti-Islam Remarks Made by Dutch Parliamentarian During Appearances in S. Florida

"We commend the ADL for its repudiation of Geert Wilders'
Islamophobic views and ask all those who promoted his message of hate
to recognize the negative impact such intolerance has on our society,"
said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

Hooper also noted that CAIR this week called on GOP leaders to demand that Rep. Adam Hasner, the head of Florida's
House Republicans, step down from his leadership post for co-hosting an
event at which Wilders made the same hate-filled remarks.

SEE: Fla. House GOP Leader Hosts Event Denying Religious Freedom


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