Florida Congresswoman Condemns CAIR Pressure Tactics
Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite on Thursday angrily refused calls by a Muslim advocacy group to condemn a prominent Hernando County Republican who called Islam a ?hateful, frightening religion.?
Brown-Waite condemned Gov. Jeb Bush and the head of the Republican Party of Florida who last week demanded an apology from Commissioner Tom Hogan and his wife, Mary Ann Hogan. On Friday, Gov.-elect Charlie Crist severed Mary Ann Hogan?s relationship with his campaign in response to a letter from the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
It?s been more than a week since Mary Ann Hogan?s letter touched off the controversy, but Brown-Waite, through her spokesman, declined to comment until today. CAIR faxed a letter to her Friday evening.
?Mrs. Hogan expressed in her statements the views of many of my constituents,? Brown-Waite wrote, ?and while they do not encourage harmony in the community, they should demonstrate to you how many United States citizens perceive your faith.?
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