Saturday, November 11, 2006

Florida Congresswoman Stands Up to CAIR and Bedier


Brown-Waite defends Hogans speech rights


***UPDATE.. CAIR buys off County commission for $5,000. Money to be used for turkeys.

BROOKSVILLE — U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite has jumped into the fray created by Tom and Mary Ann Hogan’s recent comments about the Islamic faith.

The Brooksville Republican, fresh off her re-election victory to District 5, fired off a two-page letter Thursday to Ahmed Bedier, executive director of the Tampa Chapter of the Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), defending the Hogans’ right to free speech and suggesting that Bedier should resign.

“Mrs. Hogan expressed in her statements the views of many of my constituents, and while they do not encourage harmony in the community, they should demonstrate to you how many United States citizens perceive your faith,” Brown-Waite wrote. “Your area of concern should not be focused on the statements of the Hogans, but rather upon the actions of many in your community who created these beliefs.”

Brown-Waite sent the 1,100-word letter in response to a letter Bedier sent Nov. 3 calling for Brown-Waite to condemn the Hogans for what he called “anti-Muslim statements” his organization found “deeply disturbing” and “bigoted.”

Calling people bigoted is one of Mr. Bedier's favorite charges. He has in the past called me a bigot. He has also called Joe Kaufman, Robert Spencer and Paul Whitehead bigots...so I feel I am in good company.

“With the election only a few days away, we are concerned about your close relationship to Mr. and Mrs. Hogan and encourage you to disassociate yourself from their hateful comments,” Bedier wrote, citing news stories in which Tom Hogan was described as “an ardent Brown-Waite backer” who flew to Washington, D.C. for Brown-Waite’s swearing-in ceremonies after she was first elected in 2002.

“As the only Congress-woman representing Hernando County, we call on you to send a clear message that hatred and bigotry by GOP leaders will not be tolerated,” Bedier wrote, reminding Brown-Waite that Gov. Jeb Bush and Florida GOP chairwoman Carol Jean Jordan condemned the Hogans’ comments.

“Florida is waiting to hear where you stand on this issue,” he wrote.

In her letter to newspaper editors last month, Mary Ann Hogan called Islam “a hateful, frightening religion.”
Her husband, a co-founder of the county Republican Executive Committee, came out in support of the comments. Bush had appointed him to a vacant County Commission seat in August.

“The stated goal of the Islamic faith is to kill us, the ‘infidels,’” Mary Ann Hogan wrote.

She penned the note to criticize the county for using personnel and equipment to assist a recent Ramadan festival at a local mosque.

Brown-Waite, in her letter to Bedier, praised the Hogans for standing firm in the face of criticism and calls to apologize.

“Mr. and Mrs. Hogan have shown tremendous fortitude by resisting the pressures of your group to retract their statements,” she wrote. “I am sorry that Jeb Bush and Carol Jean Jordan from the Republican Party were so quick to also forget that we have freedom of speech and that the Hogans were made to feel that they are the ones who were in the wrong.”

Brown-Waite then went into a little history, citing her work after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to “reach out to the Muslim community because many of my citizens were of the belief that all Muslims were to be blamed.”

She “met many fine Muslims” but “also met some local Muslims who expressed vehement anti-Semitic views and some who even attempted to justify the extremist wing ideology.”

She recalled in 2004 when she was invited to the home of a prominent Muslim doctor, whom she did not name, “allegedly for tea,” and found eight or more men sitting in a semi-circle waiting to confront her.

At that meeting, Brown-Waite claims that Bedier and CAIR were seeking a member of Congress sympathetic to their views. She was not that person, she said, because “neither I, nor my constituents, felt that the American Muslims or CAIR had adequately disavowed past terrorist acts.”

How can CAIR disavow terrorism with their proven ties to terrorist organizations?

Brown-Waite recalled in the letter that Bedier had told her, “Catholic priests pose more of a terrorism threat by having sex with young altar boys than those who flew planes into the World Trade Center.”

Mr. Bedier has no qualms attacking other religions. Apparently the label "bigot" only applies to those who attack Islam.

“I know many fine Muslims who would be well served by your resignation from the local CAIR office,” she wrote in closing. “Your militancy and manipulation of facts does not serve them well.”

Reached Thursday afternoon, Bedier said he was “getting over the shock” from Brown-Waite’s letter.

This is what happens when people stand up to bullies.

CAIR was not trying to stifle the Hogans’ free speech, he said.

“We didn’t say shut them up or don’t talk to them, we just wanted to make sure (elected officials) didn’t share the same views,” he said.

He said CAIR has actively campaigned against violence, citing television ads the nonprofit group purchased to run in the Tampa Bay market — including Hernando County — condemning acts of terrorism.

The Congresswoman’s recollection of the visit is a fabrication, Bedier said. The visit, he contends, included men and women and was planned well in advance. As for the comments about priests, Bedier said his only mention of Catholic priests was to make the analogy that the Catholic faith should not be judged for the actions of a few priests just as Islam shouldn’t be judged by the acts of terrorists.

He said he has even spoken at Brown-Waite’s church, St. Anthony Catholic, about fostering harmony between Christians and Muslims, and that CAIR recently donated money to rebuild Catholic churches in the Middle East that had been firebombed.

The $5,000 blood money donation came after the reaction to a quotation read by Pope Benedict XVI. Enraged Muslims firebombed churches and Christian symbols in Gaza and the West Bank. An Italian nun was also killed during this violence. A fine example of Islamic tolerance towards free speech.

Bedier questioned the timing of Brown-Waite’s response, pointing out that busy people such as both gubernatorial candidates Jim Davis and Charlie Crist had time to draft a letter condemning the Hogans’ words within a day or two after the news broke.

Nowhere in her letter, he said, did Brown-Waite do the same.

“She was so courageous to send it after she was elected,” he said. “If she had such strong convictions, she could have sent this letter on Friday of last week, like everybody else. It just shows how low people are willing to go to score cheap political points.”

Brown-Waite, in turn, called Bedier “cowardly” for sending his letter last Friday, “when he knew I was out campaigning all weekend and Monday and Tuesday,” she said.

She bristled when asked Thursday if she supported the content of the Hogans’ letter and raised her voice as she recalled the event in the doctor’s home.

“What about the content of his speech to me, attacking my religion?” she said. “He’s not going to get away with it.

Mr. Bedier...it's time you learn that "free speech" goes both ways.

17 Comments:

At 6:38 PM, Blogger nanc said...

schweeeeeeeeeeeeeet!

i actually stopped by to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for your service to this country and as far as i'm concerned you're still active!

there is a tribute to you all at longrange - fyi.

 
At 7:04 PM, Blogger Obob said...

very nice, the journey of thousand miles starts with a sonle step -
Lao Tzu
sounds you guys have a healthy jog that won't fade like a quick sprint

 
At 8:53 PM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

Good Lord AC..happy VETS day!..this post is astounding!..I cant believe the courage this woman has shown..more power to her..thanks!

 
At 9:58 PM, Blogger Steve Harkonnen said...

It is heartwarming for once to see Hajii get his dick slammed in the dirt by a member of congress.

 
At 6:21 AM, Blogger Fight The Good Fight! said...

Good for her!
Good post crusader and always at the core of what Islam really is.

Thanks for the link to the saturn storm, yeah I saw that. Pretty amazing stuff! They say it's not moving, must be circling but not moving in any direction. Wonder what the dynamics are that makes it behave like that.

FTGF!

 
At 11:42 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Brown-Waite recalled in the letter that Bedier had told her, “Catholic priests pose more of a terrorism threat by having sex with young altar boys than those who flew planes into the World Trade Center.”

Hey, let's try a little bit of red herring and appeal to the people so as to avoid discussing CAIR's connection to terrorist groups.

Ginny Brown-Waite really got under CAIR's skin. She recently made the front page of CAIR's web site.

Mr. Bedier is attempting to define "hate speech" as any criticism of Islam and of CAIR. He's not fooling anybody with his twisting of words and terms. But in his egomania, he won't see that and will continue to expose his own hate and desire to suppress free speech. Oh, sure, he protests that he's not against free speech, but his name-calling sends the opposite message, as does his management of comments to his blog and to his YouTube videos.

Mr. Bedier's constant refrain of "You are hate-filled" and "You are bigots" reminds me of what we administrators used to tell whiners on the school playground: "When you're pointing your finger at someone else, you have three fingers pointing back at yourself."

There is also the little matter of rebutting this, which CAIR has failed to do:

“The stated goal of the Islamic faith is to kill us, the ‘infidels,’” Mary Ann Hogan wrote.

And Mr. Bedier and other Muslims needn't bother telling those of us who have educated ourselves about Islam of all those peaceful verses in the Koran. Those Meccan verses of peace were later abrogated in favor of the militant Medinan verses.

 
At 5:18 PM, Blogger Terror-Free said...

CAIR - 1, FREE SPEECH - 0
Islamonazi CAIR Intimidates Yet Another American Business In Dhimmitude

http://www.terrorfreeoil.org/videos/MS092506.php - MSNBC video

Free Patriotic Corner Banners: http://www.terrorfreeoil.org/cb/

 
At 7:06 PM, Blogger Elmer's Brother said...

Happy Vets Day AC..thanks from the bottom of my heart.


If only all our elected representatives had a pair like this one.

 
At 9:14 PM, Blogger nanc said...

a.c. - a must read regarding terrorism and cair:

http://www.john-
loftus.com/emerson_testimony.asp

 
At 4:24 AM, Blogger Brooke said...

Good for Brown-Waite! I imagine that Bedier must be all the more enraged that a mere woman would have the fortitude and articulateness to counter him so well!

Happy Veterans day, AC, be it a tad belated!

 
At 5:51 AM, Blogger nanc said...

a.c. - this morning, fpm:

http://www.frontpagemag.com/Article
s/ReadArticle.asp?ID=25448

and a very good morning to you!

 
At 5:54 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

AOW...I could not have said it better.
Seriously...
Mr. Bedier IS trying to define hate speech on his terms. Any criticism of Islam and you're labeled a bigot and a racist but he feels free to criticize Catholics by comparing them to the 911 bombers. And he doesn't see anything wrong with that.
Talk about double standards.

 
At 5:55 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

Thank you brooke...I appreciate it late or not.

 
At 6:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Bedier made the comments about Catholic Priests it is he who is the bigot. Unlike CAIR the Catholic Church helps many people with its out reach and charity programs.

Smacking planes into office building and rationalizing 1400 years of Colonial abuses is a sick joke. I guess its those Jooos, wait its those Joooos and Hindooos, Wait its dem Jooos, Hindooos and Bhoooodists. Wait its dem Joooos, Hindooos, Bhoodists, Zoooroassstrians, Greeeeeek, Ameeeenians, Easter Ooooorthodox, Pilipinoooos, Cathoooolic and Asssssyrians. Yet Ahmad it seems everyone else is to blame except the religion of submission and land theft.

Hey what is a few severed heads between friends. Shooting kids in the back and smacking planes into buildings are just alternative lifestles.

Sorry there Ahmad but 3000 dead Americans incinerated in the name of Allah is far worse than anything those priests did. Unlike some of you I was there. Hey Ahmad ever see
a person hit concrette. I saw it on 9-11 and it isn't pretty.

CAIR is an excuse factory.

 
At 6:03 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

eb..same to you also. Even though the Coast Guard isn't primarily a combat organization, they have fought and died in every major war since our independence.
We have unfortunately lost some lives in Iraq as well.
Thanks for those links terror free, even though I hate visiting MSNBC.

Good morning Angel...I'm going to check those links now.

 
At 6:50 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

terror free..I saw that 'jihad special' before.
I thought it was pretty funny...no sense of humor I guess.

 
At 7:22 AM, Blogger benning said...

It's astonishing to think that Bedier is listened to by some. More so that Jeb Bush, among others, felt the need to disavow comments they didn't make. Why can't they get the grapes to simply respond, "Freedom of Speech means I don't have to apologize for the words of others. You need to learn what the Constitution says."

 

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