Muslim Group Calls on Senate President to Denounce Hate Speech

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

Tallahassee, FL -- March 7, 2012 --

A group of interfaith leaders traveled to the capital today. They say they are fighting religious discrimination.

Ahmed Bedier is a Muslim and President of United Voices for America.

He says the Miami Herald reported anti-Muslim booklets were passed around in the halls of the Senate this week.

His group is speaking out against the booklets.

It also opposes a senate bill the group considers an anti-Sharia Law.

"We don't want this bill to actually go to the floor and to pass using these types of tactics," Bedier said.

"If senators want to debate the bill on its merits, that's fine. However, they should never resort to hatred or hate speech to be able to push legislation forward."

Bedier and his group met with the senate president's chief of staff this afternoon. They called on him to investigate the fliers circulating in the Senate halls.

They also urged lawmakers to vote down senate bill 1360.


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  • by mc on Mar 9, 2012 at 04:05 AM
    If they want Sharia law go somewhere it is in practice. It is not alright to kill your wife or daughter for dishonoring the family, but that is fine under sharia law. We are a Christian based country , inspite of what some may say, You have free will here to believe or not , a Christian concept , try to say that you don't believe in Islam in a Islamic country and see how long you live! No Sharia law!
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      by Anonymous on Mar 9, 2012 at 05:06 AM in reply to mc
      No where in our country's creation was a 'christian basis' modeled.
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        by God Bless America on Mar 9, 2012 at 07:02 AM in reply to
        We were founded under Christian-Judeo principles.
  • by Dave Location: LA on Mar 8, 2012 at 04:52 PM
    Yes it’s a very non-hateful religion only keeling women that got raped and blowing themselves up on innocent people Good articles onwww.ariespost.com
  • by Bubba on Mar 8, 2012 at 03:45 PM
    No one religion has a monopoly on violence. They all kill in the name of their God. So has it always been...so shall it always be. Why Christians have to be such babies about it I don't know.
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      by Fact on Mar 9, 2012 at 02:48 AM in reply to Bubba
      What's ironic is all the liberals that bash Christians while coddling Muslims will the FIRST ones beheaded (other than Jews) during Jihad because of their secular views and lack of convictions. Be careful what you wish for liberals.
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        by Anonymous on Mar 9, 2012 at 11:32 AM in reply to Fact
        I'm conservative and I think christians are fools.
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          by Anon on Mar 9, 2012 at 02:53 PM in reply to
          You lie.
  • by Typical Leftist on Mar 8, 2012 at 02:39 PM
    Christians are bad. Sharia Law is good.
  • by Katie on Mar 8, 2012 at 01:10 PM
    Got a question. I read at least 6 people who died this past week who were not even SS age. Like Jennifer Anniston said - who is this FICA guy? Who gets the money for SS and Medicare when these people die? These people were 60, 62, 63 etc. They were close but not retirement age. Where does that money go? I know this is not on topic - but it sort of is. We are looking the other way for the muslim children to get perks at schools, foot baths at airports, food stamps, money to live on and on and on. It's another drain on our economy that we cannot sustain...thank you Bill Clinton for NAFTA! grrrrr They think they are due it because we let them in our country. Oh my, we did not let them in our country, they stayed past their visas.
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      by M on Mar 8, 2012 at 08:31 PM in reply to Katie
      What do you mean 'where does it go'? You are not funding your own social security and medicare. You are funding a giant ponzi scheme that WILL collapse. Change the system to an individual funded system. Let me manage MY money and plan for MY retirement.
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        by I think you don't know the meaning of Ponzi scheme. on Mar 9, 2012 at 04:08 AM in reply to M
        I think you don't know the meaning of Ponzi scheme.
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          by M on Mar 9, 2012 at 05:08 AM in reply to I think you don't know the meaning of Ponzi scheme.
          SS exhibits symptoms of a ponzi scheme. Those who are paying in now provide payouts for those who entered earlier. Those of us paying in now will probably not receive any benefits because the upside down pyramid will have collapsed.
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          by Anonymous on Mar 9, 2012 at 05:29 AM in reply to I think you don't know the meaning of Ponzi scheme.
          Paying for something now when there will be no money later? =ponzi scheme.
        • reply
          by GV on Mar 9, 2012 at 06:12 AM in reply to I think you don't know the meaning of Ponzi scheme.
          It IS a ponzi scheme.Evidently you don't know what it means if you think it is any different.
        • reply
          by Gerry on Mar 9, 2012 at 10:12 AM in reply to I think you don't know the meaning of Ponzi scheme.
          You have no credibility.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 8, 2012 at 12:52 PM
    Stop giving our Medicare and Soc Sec money to illegals and people who have never paid in. Then we will have enough for older folks to live on - Quit telling us it's bankrupt. The govt bankrupted it - not us. We didn't say give it to people who never paid in. We never did.
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      by Gerry on Mar 9, 2012 at 04:00 AM in reply to Anonymous
      SS is not bankrupt. The money which was "borrowed" from SS by Congress was replaced by Treasury bonds, backed by the full faith and credit of the US. SS will pay full benefits to retirees, even if no changes are made, well into the 2030's.
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        by huh? on Mar 9, 2012 at 05:18 AM in reply to Gerry
        You mean the full faith and credit of a debtor nation? You must have meant the full faith and credit of China.
  • by Wilson on Mar 8, 2012 at 12:43 PM
    Obama is lobbying against Keystone pipeline. Iran is trying to shut down the Straits of Hormuz. Iran has the "recipe, the mix, and the pan." Obama is trying to keep us from having our own oil! DO YOU GET THE BIG PICTURE YET? ... He will have us fighting a war with no gas!!! Do you know what happens then? WE LOSE. Somebody do something - Congress. Or get out of the way and let the public do something. I'm starting to think he really is muslim in a suit and is taking over our country from the White House. He's done everything he could to destroy our safety, our monies, and our livelihood. If muslims care about this country they would live within our laws - and not demand theirs - I thought they were escaping that kind of terror.
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      by right on the money on Mar 8, 2012 at 12:55 PM in reply to Wilson
      Great post, dead on.
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      by Amazed on Mar 8, 2012 at 01:04 PM in reply to Wilson
      This is one of the most ignorant posts of the day. Where do you get this garbage? You people are funny, ha ha.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 8, 2012 at 11:50 AM
    Let's stay on of this bill. The only time religion is mentioned in the bill is to codify what is skyway known in case law that govt cannot dictate how a religious body tubs its organization. THAT'S IT!!!
  • by Random Government employee on Mar 8, 2012 at 11:43 AM
    I do not hink American Muslims as a whole are supporting cutting women's heads off or burying them in the sand. I think they want to decide withon their culture how inheritances and marriage work. Crazy fanatics exist everywhere. Just look at some of the posts here. If you do not respect other people's religious beliefs no matter how repugnant they may be to you you are not a true American. Just because people worship their god in a different way than you does not make them demons. There is Common law that covers murder and other crimes of person and property that are common in all societies and when they are violated there are consequences. Also remeber that executing criminals is forbidden in almost all other Western countries except the United States. An eye for an eye, Reagan Republican.
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      by Reagan Republican on Mar 8, 2012 at 03:16 PM in reply to Random Government employee
      use google and do a little dig and you will find out you are dead wrong
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          by Random Government Employee on Mar 8, 2012 at 10:41 PM in reply to Steve Florida Native/resident
          Great Rebutttal. Throw out an insult and think you made a point.
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        by Reagan Republican on Mar 9, 2012 at 06:41 PM in reply to Reagan Republican
        @ Govt. employee Let me help out my cyberstalker who used my post name. As a woman, I am very concerned about Shari Law referenced in American courts and the implications of interpretations of this law by American Judges. Of course this current bill makes no mention of the extremes mentioned in your post of cutting women's heads off. The bill is pertaining to the contrast of women's rights in Shari Law compared to American laws and has nothing to do with religion or religious beliefs but repression of some Muslim women in America. I don't support mental or physical repression of anyone veiled under the false pretense of religion or hate speech. I don't understand your last comment towards me, so perhaps you can enlighten me on your insult.
  • by AD on Mar 8, 2012 at 10:51 AM
    Um.. this is America! If you don't like it, pack up and ship out! So sick of people coming here, who hate this country but want to take advantage of our freedoms, and demanding that we bend around their beliefs. This country.. I swear, I'm gonna move to Australia- where their leader believes in "love it or leave it." He flat out said basically- you're welcome here, but you live by our rules or you leave. Sounds good to me.
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