Tea Party, Muslims Clash Before Daytona Beach Convention

By: Kenric Ward | Posted: November 3, 2011 3:55 AM

Hassan Shibly and Pam Geller

Hassan Shibly and Pam Geller

Controversy over an on-again, off-again speaking invitation to a Muslim group has spiced a tea party convention set for this weekend in Daytona Beach.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations complained to convention planners when it learned that Pam Geller, a prolific critic of radical Islam, was on the speaker list. One of the organizers then proffered an invitation to give CAIR equal time.

"We accepted only after guaranteeing we would receive (the) same treatment and respect as other speakers and that 'Muslim-bashing would not be tolerated,'" said Hassan Shibly, Tampa executive director of CAIR Florida.

But amid continued jousting over the program and the ground rules, simmering suspicions boiled over, with Geller threatening to pull out.

Pam Dahl, the chief convention organizer and head of the Tri-County Tea Party, told Sunshine State News on Wednesday that Geller is in and CAIR is off the agenda.

"This was never my intention," Dahl said of the CAIR invitation, which was extended by fellow organizer Geoff Ross.

Ross said he wanted to offer CAIR "equal opportunity" to air its views. "But when a CAIR leader in Washington called Geller 'a ranter' and 'a liar,' this was clearly not the intention of my invitation," he said.

"If you're not going to show restraint and respect to our speakers, then I will disinvite," Ross related.

Shibly, the jilted invitee, was unimpressed with the tea party's rescission.

"They are, in effect, brainwashing their audience and depriving them of an opportunity to make informed choices," he said.

Confusion over a shifting speaker lineup has dogged the convention, which is scheduled to run Friday through Sunday at the Volusia County Ocean Center.

The convention website initially listed Gov. Rick Scott, Sen. Marco Rubio and Attorney General Pam Bondi as speakers. But Sunshine State News has confirmed that none of them will be attending.

The site continues to prominently advertise presidential and U.S. Senate "debates," but none of the candidates in those races has confirmed their attendance.

"We're trying to get Herman Cain in from Texas," Dahl said.

In addition to Geller, Dahl said, headline speakers will include Faith and Freedom Coalition leader Ralph Reed, Tea Party Patriots co-chair Jenny Beth Martin and radio talk-show host Laura Ingraham.

Dahl estimated attendance between 1,000 and 1,500.

Befitting the diffuse and sometimes fractious nature of conservative politics, several tea party organizations are staying away.

The Tea Party Network, a coalition of 70 tea and patriot groups around the state, is not participating. Nor is the large Jacksonville-based First Coast Tea Party.

But John Long, chairman of the newly reconstituted TEA Party of Florida, is looking forward to the event.

"I am interested to see how a wide range of tea party groups can start to merge their common goals, even as they remain and operate separately," said Long, who heads the only political tea party registered with the Florida Division of Elections.

Long added that he was grateful the Daytona convention parted ways with CAIR.

"It's well past time that the tea party realizes it has nothing in common with CAIR. It's time to move on without one another," he said.

Contact Kenric Ward at kward@sunshinestatenews.com or (772) 801-5341.

Comments (24)

10:50AM NOV 8TH 2011
I live in Sweden where we are constantly visited by crazy sharia loving muslim speakers who preach hatred for all things western. I have never seen 1 muslim speak out. Pam Geller is a moderate compared to most mainstream muslim speakers, including this joker on the top of the screen. Funny what happens in the US when the shoe is on the other foot.
2:25PM NOV 4TH 2011
CAIR is listed "As an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial," The judge denied CAIR's appeal to remove the designation.
6:14PM NOV 3RD 2011
Muhammad arrives home one evening to find one of his wives crying. “Whats the matter, my dear?” asked Muhammad.

“They are calling you a paedophile in the village”, she weeps.
“My” says he, “that s a big word for a nine year old”.
6:10PM NOV 3RD 2011
If you would like a blatantly clear example of the differences between Islam and Christianity do two things.

Make fun of or satirize Mohammad, Islam or Allah

Make fun of the Pope, Christianity, the Bible, Jesus

See which group you get killed first by.....

I can tell you now it won't be Christians.
4:30PM NOV 3RD 2011
Sadly, Kenric Ward devotes extensive copy to a Hamas-linked organization by giving space to its Islamist mouthpiece, Hassan Shibly. As an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial, CAIR is a supporter of terror and participant in the Muslim Brotherhood's efforts to destroy America "from within." Nowhere is there any attempt to interview Pam Geller, whose consistently factual reporting on the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic terror, and CAIR's mendacity has lead to numerous death threats against her by CAIR's fellow travelers. The Tea Party was right to dis-invite the indignant Shibly, whose umbrella organization leads the Ikhwan's efforts to subvert our nation. It's just too bad that Kenric Ward didn't bother to develop this story further.
Santiago Matamoros
4:24PM NOV 3RD 2011
The real headline should be "Sunshine State News obfuscates for terrorist coconspirator in war against America."
Santiago Matamoros
4:22PM NOV 3RD 2011
CAIR is an unindicted coconspirator in a federal terrorism funding trial and a front for the Muslim Brotherhood, whose stated purpose is to bring down Western Civilization from within.

Why do you not report that? Why do you lend credibility to this monstrous group? Do you agree with their ideology? Do you realize that you're aiding our common enemy?
2:49PM NOV 3RD 2011
I'll be there....this is the first so there will undoubtedly be some bumps.....Inviting CAIR was a boneheaded example.....

Regarding all not participating leads me to believe there is no shortage of narcissists in the leadership of the various groups around the state..
1:37PM NOV 3RD 2011
The following list was copied from Pamela Geller's website. Facts! and there's plenty more where that came from.

Ghassan Elashi, founder of CAIR's Texas chapter, in 2009 received a 65-year prison sentence for funneling over $12 million from the Islamic charity known as the Holy Land Foundation to the jihad terrorist group Hamas, which is responsible for murdering hundreds of Israeli civilians
* Mousa Abu Marzook, a former CAIR official, was designated by the U.S. government in 1995 as a "terrorist and Hamas leader." He now is a Hamas leader in Syria.
* Randall Royer, CAIR's former civil rights coordinator, in 2004 began serving a 20-year prison sentence for aiding al-Qaida and the Taliban against American troops in Afghanistan and recruiting for Lashkar e-Taiba, the jihadist group responsible for the 2008 Mumbai jihad massacres.
* Bassem Khafagi, CAIR's former community relations director, was arrested for involvement with the Islamic Assembly of North America, which was linked to al-Qaida. After pleading guilty to visa and bank fraud charges, Khafagi was deported.
* Rabih Haddad, a former CAIR fundraiser, was deported for his work with the Global Relief Foundation (which he co-founded), a terror-financing organization.
Allan Erickson
1:26PM NOV 3RD 2011
Please take the time to Google: "Islam: What the West Needs to Know," the entire version. It is a scholarly documentary that simply details the history of Islam, the belief system, and the consequences of such a system. Objective truth liberates and transforms.
1:20PM NOV 3RD 2011
Nobody is saying all Muslims are terrorists but the members of CAIR are. I don't know what they were thinking by inviting them in the first place.

Look up how many members of CAIR have been convicted of having ties to terrorism. It's all there! They're a front for the Muslim Brotherhood who are no friends to the United States.

Yes, Pamela Geller is a critic of radical Islam which I hope all people are! Radical Islam is the enemy.
1:16PM NOV 3RD 2011
Considering that Pam Geller's hate speech directly inspired Anders Breivik in his massacre of dozens of people, any event that involves her is discredited.
4:20PM NOV 3RD 2011
@JMP: You obviously lack the intellect to actually research the impetus behind Breivik's homicidal rampage. He wrote an enormous manifesto detailing his marginalization and the criminalization of any critique of Islam and its imperial aspirations by Leftists like you. He specified how he came to realize that Muslims were raping his country with the support of Leftists like you back in the 90s, and determined way back then that democracy had failed, and only kinetic action (to use Obama's term) could stem the Islamofascist conquest. He came to know of Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer long after forming these beliefs and, while it is true that he quoted some of their writings, he gave much more space to quoting John F. Kennedy and Winston Churchill; in fact, he did not attribute his motivation to Geller or Spencer at all. Of course, that fact is conveniently overlooked by media leftists attempting to unfairly vilify Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer as they customarily do. Try conducting some original research and you might learn a thing or two.
1:24PM NOV 3RD 2011
Hate speech? Read her website. Most of the items she posts are NEWS articles. They're not fiction, they're actual events.

And she did not inspire Anders Breivik. If that is so, then who inspires these radical jihadists to attack and terrorize? Hmmm...I wonder. Pamela fights for freedom. CAIR fights for Sharia!

People can read her work alongside CAIR's work and make up their own minds.
Chris Q
10:28AM NOV 3RD 2011
Phew! In a flash of intelligence, CAIR was disinvited to the Tea Party Convention. Even within the Tea Party, it's amazing that there are those who wish to give Islam a voice! We cannot legitimize their message, their methods, or their attempts to overthrow, kill or subjugate any and all who will not submit to Islam. We need to recognize and confront the face of evil. "Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act."
Dietrich Bonhoeffer
9:35AM NOV 3RD 2011
Interesting that Scott, Rubio, and Bondi were all elected with the help of the Florida Tea Party and now they are all a no show for the state convention!
Robert Lloyd
8:48AM NOV 3RD 2011
The Tea Party is too much female dominate. Just look at all the fuss and who is behind it all. Christian men need to stand up and take leadership positions in this nation.

All this said... Muslims should not be in America as our two worlds will never peacefully co-exist. Who is behind all this MIXING in America (hint: not Christians)? What good can come of this? Who is benefiting from all this turmoil (hint: not Christians)?
Jack Gillies
6:42AM NOV 3RD 2011
CAIR can stuff Shariah!

Look up the definition of "TAQIYYA".

Read David Gaubatz's book "Muslim Mafia".

Like Allen West said to CAIR, "NUTS"!
6:40AM NOV 3RD 2011
Any invitation to any Islamic is a mistake. Islam is not a religion it is a political organization that is anti-American. You may think I am insensitive, but I don't CAIR.
Jack Gillies
6:50AM NOV 3RD 2011
No, you're not insensitive, just honest! Keep speaking the truth.
Mark Montgomery
6:29AM NOV 3RD 2011
This just confirms my belief that the tea party is a racist organization that hates muslims and won't be happy until it sees Barack Obama hanging from a tree. Mark Montgomery NYC, NY boboberg@nyc.rr.com
1:44PM NOV 3RD 2011
Mark, you seem to get around with your racist mantra. I've attended quite a few Tea Parties and was joined by many different people of different ages, colors and opinions. Funny, not one of them ever mentioned anything about hating minorities.

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Mark Montgomery

August 29, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Let’s be clear about one thing: the tea party is the present day KKK. The tea party is a small group of old, white, rich racists who hate minorities, muslims, the middle class and the poor and hide their racism behind “states’ rights”. Rick Perry is a perfect example of a typical southern racist KKK member. We have to fight the tea party like the cancer that it is. Mark Montgomery NYC, NY boboberg@nyc.rr.com

You know Mark, if you just youtube "Occupy Wall Street" you'll see a lot of racists. They're all over the place.
1:34PM NOV 3RD 2011
Enough with the tired, old "Tea Party is racist" mantra. Nobody believes it anyway. I know the media tried for over a year to prove it but as usual, they were wrong too.
Jack Gillies
6:46AM NOV 3RD 2011
No, you just confirmed that you're at the front of the line to get beheaded first by the Jihadists!

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