CAIR Asks GOP to Repudiate Anti-Islam Comments by Fla. Party Official
TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- County GOP executive committee member claims 'Islam is NOT a religion'More CAIR freespeechophobia at "Market Watch"
The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) today called on state and national Republican Party leaders to repudiate bigoted comments by a GOP official in that state who claimed in an email that "Islam is NOT a religion."
In that email sent this morning to CAIR-Tampa Executive Director Hassan Shibly, Hillsborough County Republican Party Executive Committee Member Scott D. Barrish wrote in part:
[NOTE: Barrish's email was signed in his official capacity with the county Republican Party.]
"Islam is NOT a religion, but rather a theocracy. It uses elements of religion to bind a spiritual, cultural and system of law elements. It is NOT a pluralistic ideology for it seeks complete domination; to say otherwise is a complete and utter lie. It is totalitarian and littered with human rights violations. Your efforts in espousing Islam in America and Florida will not succeed. . .This is us vs. you."