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Interesting escalation in Islamophobia. A “biblical” group stood outside the Islamic Society of Tampa Bay to “denounce Islam”.

More than 20 people used bullhorns to shout slurs against the faith of Islam and Islam’s Prophet Muhammad at those attending the Islamic Society of Tampa Bay Area. They also handed out anti-Muslim literature and, according to a mosque official, frightened children attending weekend school at the facility. The group was apparently in Tampa for today’s Super Bowl. Police were called to the scene.

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CAIR is calling for the FBI to investigate for possible civil-rights violations:

“Americans of all faiths should be able to attend their houses of worship without fear of harassment or intimidation,” said CAIR-Tampa Executive Director Ramzy Kiliç. “We call on the FBI to determine if this incident crossed the line from freedom of speech to religious harassment.”

Tampa Bay online reports it mildly (of course because it was Muslims who were being harassed, so need for sensationalism even if truthful but God forbid it was the other way around, we all know how the story would be making rounds throughout the national press):

Members of the group engaged in a “spirited debate” with Muslims inside the mosque, but the encounter was peaceful, according to officers with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. The demonstration, which began around 12:30 p.m., ended about 30 minutes later.

There was no “spirited debate” as such, as eye-witnesses comment on the news report:

I was actually at the Mosque with my 4 year old on Sat. and got to hear the group first hand. I actually walked over to hear what they had to say. Clearly, these folks were not interested in anything but instigating a ‘situation’ and then try and point to their followers ‘look how violent thse people are’. Several of the mosque attendees even attempted to just have a discussion about faiths etc. But the ‘protesters’ were not interested in discussions. [asiddiqi]

I drove by and saw this. What a crazy bunch those protesters. The Moslems were patient enough with them, more than I would have been. They had a loudspeaker and were condeming them to hell.. A crazy bunch indeed. [stevemear68]

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