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Florida Tea Party To Host 'Radical Islamophobe' Who Said Muslims Shouldn't Hold Political Office

This post first appeared on Think Progress. This past week, the Tea Parties went after the NAACP for its resolution calling on the movement to denounce “racist elements” in its midst. “You must expel the bigots and racists in your ranks or take full responsibility for all of their actions,” said NAACP President Benjamin Jealous. One of the groups that supported this resolution was CAIR, the largest Muslim civil liberties advocacy organization in the U.S. The organization is now calling attention to anti-Muslim bigotry in the Tea Party movement, pointing to an upcoming event in Florida:
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said the group Emerald Coast Tea Party Patriots has invited Brigitte Gabriel, the head of the anti-Islam hate group ACT! for America, to be the keynote speaker at its “U.S. Constitution Freedom Rally” on August 21 in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. CAIR is also calling on political candidates scheduled to appear at the event, including GOP Senate candidate Marco Rubio, to cancel their appearances unless Gabriel is dropped as a speaker.
In 2008, the New York Times’ Deborah Solomon called Gabriel a “radical Islamophobe.” In 2007, Gabriel gave a speech in which she said that the difference “between Israel and the Arab world is the difference between civilization and barbarism. It’s the difference between good and evil,” adding that in the “Arabic world,” they “have no soul.” Watch it: Gabriel has also asserted that every practicing Muslim is radical and when asked by the Australian Jewish News whether Americans should “resist Muslims who want to seek political office in this nation,” replied, “Absolutely.” She has similarly stated that Muslims can’t serve loyally in the U.S. military. Gabriel is a frequent Fox News guest. In August, Tea Party Central of OC in California plans to offer a “Basic Training Class 101” by Gabriel’s group, ACT! for America on how to “be an effective activist against Political Islam and its threat to our way of life, and how to communicate this threat to elected officials, the media, and others.”