Monday, September 13, 2004

Where is The ACLU and All The Anti-Religion Liberals Whining About Church And State?

CAIR, the pseudo-civil rights group put out this news release Friday. Where is the ACLU and all the other separation of church and state activists? This is a blatant religious symbol that has no business in a public or private school. Write the media, write your representative and let's stop this before it goes any further. Send President Genshaft a letter voicing your displeasure. Do it today. Here are the Florida ACLU contacts:

Executive Director: Howard Simon
4500 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 340
Miami, FL 33137
Phone: (305) 576-2336
Fax: (305) 576-1106
E-mail: aclufl@aclufl.org


Legislative Office:

Larry Helm Spalding
Legislative Staff Counsel
American Civil Liberties Union
314 West Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301-1608
Office: (850) 425-1050
Fax: (850) 425-5097
E-mail: LarryACLU@aol.com

Here are the Tampa Tribune Contacts
Editor and Vice President, Frank M. Denton FDenton@tampatrib.com
Newsroom Phone:
(813) 259-7600




FLA. UNIVERSITY ACCOMMODATES BASKETBALL PLAYER'S HIJAB

Agreement comes following meeting with CAIR-FL

(TAMPA, FL, 9/10/04) - The Florida office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) announced today that a female Muslim athlete at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa will be allowed to wear hijab on the basketball court. SEE: http://www.usf.edu

The 22-year-old Muslim convert left the USF basketball team and lost her athletic scholarship last week after allegedly being told by her head coach that she could not wear the religiously-mandated scarf during practices or games.

In a meeting today between the basketball player, university officials and a representative of CAIR-FL, it was agreed that the team would accommodate her Islamic attire and reinstate her scholarship. The university also agreed to work with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) on any issues related to existing headwear policies. "We thank the University of South Florida for its swift and decisive action in resolving this issue," said CAIR-FL Communications Director Ahmed Bedier, who took part in today's meeting. "An athlete should not be asked to choose between engaging in healthy sporting activities and her deeply-held religious beliefs."

Ahmed noted that the Prophet Muhammad himself recommended that children betaught activities such as swimming, horseback riding and archery.

ACTION REQUESTED:

Contact the university to thank them for accommodating the Muslim athlete's Islamic beliefs religious practices.

CONTACT:

Ms. Judy Genshaft, Ph.D.

President

University of South Florida

4202 E. Fowler Ave., ADM241

Tampa, FL 33620-6150

TEL: (813) 974-2791

E-MAIL: rwright@admin.usf.edu, rkhator@acad.usf.edu, clements@admin.usf.edu, dwoolard@admin.usf.edu COPY TO: tampa@cair-florida.org

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