Islamic group attacks @MarcoRubio attendance at a TEA party event

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According to, the Islamic groupCouncil for American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is demanding that U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio not attend a local TEA Party event in Fort Walton Beach, FL on August 21, 2010.

Why? Because Brigitte Gabriel, Founder of ACT! for America, is one of the featured speakers.

According to Peter Schweizer, Editor-in-Chief

“The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is investing time, money and political capital in an attempt to deflate dissenting political voices in Florida. In the space of just four days CAIR put out two national press releases condemning the “U.S. Constitution Freedom Rally” (PDF) to be hosted by the Emerald Coast Tea Party Patriots in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida on August 21.

Why all the fuss (and PR money spent) over a Tea Party event in a small community?

Apparently because of CAIR’s staunch foreign-inspired political opposition to ACT! for America – the country’s largest grassroots national security citizens’ organization – which they call an “anti-Islam hate group,” and its founder and the keynote speaker at the August tea party event, Brigitte Gabriel, whom they term “an extremist anti-Islam speaker.”

CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper said, “Now is the time for Tea Party leaders to clearly demonstrate that their movement will not allow itself to be associated with bigotry of any kind, including Islamophobia.” Hooper appears to want to censor any critics of Islamic Shariah law, such as ACT! Director Gabriel.”

Frank Gaffney, Founder and President of the Center for Security Policy, names CAIR as a “unregistered foreign agent” under Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). In a letter to Speaker Marco Rubio Frank Gaffney states:

“I write to alert you to a possible violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) in which you were apparently the target of a foreign influence operation. It is our assessment that the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) was operating as an unregistered foreign agent when – in a July 20, 2010 press release – they called on you not to take part in an August 21 Tea Party rally featuring ACT! For America founder Brigitte Gabriel, whom they called an “extremist anti-Islam keynote speaker.” ACT! For America is one of the largest national security, pro-American and pro-Israel citizens organizations in the United States, with 380 chapters and nearly 80,000 members. “

To read the full letter please click here.

Mr. Gaffney points out in his letter that, “At the website we provide documentation showing that CAIR has received more than $6.6 million in cash and loans and more than $50 million in pledges from foreign principals based in Saudi Arabia, Iran, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait.”

CAIR is a foreign agent trying to unduly influence a candidate for the U.S. Senate? Really? What’s next, a mosque at Ground Zero?

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.