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CAIR's Hassan Shibly on death of US Ambassador to Libya listen

09/12/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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The day after Tuesday's attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya we spoke with Hassan Shibly. He’s executive director of the Tampa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

Four Americans have died, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, following riots by Libyans upset at a low-budget film critical of Islam.

We heard audio of Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) suggesting Al-Qaeda could be responsible for the attack.

We also touched on the ongoing effort by conserv...

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Activists call on Florida Department of Law Enforcement to ditch anti-Muslim training contractor listen

07/11/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Thirty Muslim groups are asking the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to sever ties with one of their counter-terrorism trainers. Hassan Shibly, director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, said Sam Kharoba teaches law enforcement officers to unfairly stereotype Muslims.

“Kharoba claims radicals can be identified by ten to twelve physical markers such as headbands, types of facial hair or a prayer bump on the forehead from frequent contact with a prayer mat. One...

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Anti-CAIR advocates disappointed in Hillsborough School Board decision to leave guest speaker policy as-is listen

04/11/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Despite weeks of lobbying by anti-Muslim groups, the Hillsborough County School Board has chosen not to change the county's school policy on public speakers. Supporters of the Islamic advocacy group CAIR are declaring it a win for civil rights.

Last school year, conservative activist David Caton lashed out at the Hillsborough County School Board for allowing Hassan Shibly to speak to a group of high school history students. Shibly is the director of the Tampa chapter of the Council on Am...

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Religious leaders warn against crossing the fine line between faith and politics listen

03/26/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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As Americans are in the midst of a heated election year, a group of interfaith leaders is concerned about religious views being incorporated into politics. At a panel discussion at St. Petersburg College in Seminole this month, each member expressed devout religious views, but none supported basing political decisions on theological beliefs.

Abhi Janamanchi is a minister with the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater. His church doesn’t endorse and particula...

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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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