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Anti-Terrorism Group Crashes Muslim Day

March 10th, 2009 by flanews

The state’s first ever Muslim Day at the capitol wasn’t without controversy.

About 200 Muslim-Americans toured the Capitol and met with lawmakers Tuesday to discuss education and healthcare reform. While the group ate lunch in Capitol courtyard, a coalition of Jews and Christians held a news conference to speak out against radical Islam. Kelly Cook a spokesman for Act for America, an anti-terrorist group said some Muslims are trying to fool state lawmakers.

“They want our Florida lawmakers to trust them; well here’s what violates trust, Islamic organizations who refuse to acknowledge that there are a lot of people in their community of faith who want to hurt America, kill Americans and impose Sharia law on America,” said Cook.

Mohammad Sherif, a spokesman for United Voices for America, said Muslims want the same things from state government that Jews and Christians.

“What’s important to do is to have people who understand our view point and understand that we are constituents and that we are not necessarily Muslims that live in America, but that we are American Muslims and in this state we are Floridians first and foremost,” said Sherif.

Speakers at the anti-terrorism news conference said they support Muslim Day at the capitol, but they want Muslims to admit that some people claiming Islam hate America.

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