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Muslim advocacy leader reacts to state Senator's vow to revive anti-Sharia bill listen

03/14/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A bill that died in the Florida legislature this year would have outlawed the use of foreign laws in courtrooms. But the bill’s sponsor has said he will reintroduce the initiative next year if he is reelected. The leader of a Muslim advocacy group isn’t happy about the message that sends.

“Shame on Mr. Hays. Shame on him for promoting division in a time when our country needs unity. Shame on him for promoting legislation that marginalizes minorities; that attacks particular faith...

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Religious leaders: Florida's anti-Sharia bills are "an attack on all religions" listen

03/07/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Multi-denominational religious leaders and advocacy groups came together in Tampa to speak out against twin bills in the Florida House and Senate. The measures would ban Foreign Laws from use in Florida courtrooms. Speakers at the press conference this afternoon said the proposed law is an attack on religious freedom.

The legislation passed the Florida House last week by a wide margin, 92-24. It hasn’t been heard on the Senate floor yet, but easily passed through two committees. The ...

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Pinellas Park Muslim man charged with attempted use of a bomb listen

01/09/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A Pinellas Park resident has been charged with allegedly plotting attacks in Tampa with vehicle bombs and other weapons. Sami Osmakac was seen as a threat to both law enforcement and the Muslim community.

The 25-year-old Muslim is a naturalized U.S. citizen from the former Yugoslavia. In September, Osmakac was arrested on battery charges he incurred during a religious argument at a protest. That misdemeanor charge...

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Tampa Muslim community cooperates in arrest of alleged terror plotter

01/09/12 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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A Kosovo-born Muslim man was charged today with plotting to attack crowded locations around Tampa, including nightclubs and a sheriff's office, with a car bomb, assault rifle and other explosives according to federal authorities. Here's part of a report from The Tampa Tribune

Joining ...

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Muslim woman attacked by stun gun in Tampa listen

01/05/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Police have been investigating whether a shopper in Tampa hit by a stun gun was the victim of a hate crime. A Muslim woman who does not want to be identified was wearing an Indian-style dress known as a salwar was attacked Sunday at a WalMart on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard. We spoke with Hassan Shibly, executive director of the Tampa Chapter of CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

“She is a 62 year old American Muslim Pakistani woman who was just shopping at WalMart and unfortu...

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The Controversy Over The TLC Program ALL AMERICAN MUSLIM

12/14/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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The conservative Tampa organization that pressured giant home repair store Lowe's to yank its ads from a program about Muslim Americans claims that "terrorist hackers" attacked its website, forcing the group to shut it down.

The Florida Family Association, objected to the TLC program All-American Muslim, saying it was "propaganda" that hid the radical agenda of Muslims. The program features five Muslim-American families in Dearborn, Mich.

David Caton, executive director of FFA, says in...

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Muslim Legal Fund for America seeks justice for disenfranchised Americans listen

12/05/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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When many Muslims-Americans are accused of heinous acts such as terrorism and aiding militant groups, some are deprived of their rights to a fair trial, and others are even held captive indefinitely in places like Guantanamo Bay. Sunday the Muslim Legal Fund for America held a benefit luncheon in Tampa. Khalil Meek is their executive director.

The Muslim Legal Fund for America (MLFA) isn’t a law firm, but it aims to...

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Advocacy group tells Muslims to know their rights when talking to police listen

10/03/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Tampa Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, has received a startling number of complaints from members of the Muslim community claiming they have been harassed by the FBI. In a workshop yesterday residents were taught how to handle encounters with law enforcement.

Hassan Shibly, executive director for CAIR’s Tampa chapter, said harassment has always been an issue, but the frequency of Muslims being hassled by l...

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CAIR-Tampa reacts to the death of Osama Bin Laden listen

05/02/11 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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There has also been local reaction to the death of Osama Bin Laden from the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). Today they held a press conference at their office in Temple Terrace, welcoming the Al Qaeda leader’s demise. CAIR is the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, and one of the first joint American Muslim groups to condemn the attacks on 9/11, just hours after they occurred. Ramzy Kılıç is the Communications directo...

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FBI: Jacksonville Mosque a target of terrorism listen

05/13/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The FBI says a Jacksonville Mosque was targeted with a pipe bomb on Monday. Surveillance video shows a man with what law enforcement officials say is gasoline setting the bomb.

Ramzy Kilic is the executive director of the Tampa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR. He said, 殿n act of terrorism to me, from that description.”

[a news report from Jacksonville with surveillance vid...

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