2015 Florida Family Association Achievements followed by summary of significant accomplishments.
Influenced 240 out of 258 companies (or 93%) to stop advertising on Al Jazeera America since January 2013. Al Jazeera, whose leaders spew hate for Israel, who showed disdain for Paris murder victims, is a news company that is owned by the non-democratic, monarch styled emirate of Qatar who allows wealthy citizens to financially support ISIS, supports the Muslim Brotherhood, backs the head of Hamas, espouses Islamic Sharia law and does not afford citizens freedom of the press. One hundred ninety nine (199) companies stopped advertising on Al Jazeera America after the Florida Family Association office communicated with the companies’ CEOs and Marketing VPs. Forty one (41) companies stopped advertising on Al Jazeera America after being profiled in Florida Family Association email campaigns.
Email server delivered 25,000 emails to each judge on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals urging them to lift the ban on YouTube airing the film Innocence of Muslims. Florida Family Association sent out seven email alerts since March 12, 2014 that asked subscribers to send emails to all forty three justices at the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals urging them to reverse their 3 judge panel that ordered Google to remove the film Innocence of Muslims from Youtube.com. Reuters reported on May 18, 2015 : Google Inc. should not have to remove an anti-Islamic film from its YouTube website because a woman complained that she was duped into performing in the film that depicted the Prophet Mohammed as a pedophile, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday. In a case widely followed for its potential impact on the entertainment industry, an 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said an injunction prohibiting Google from broadcasting the film should be lifted. A three-judge panel had ordered Google to remove the controversial film "Innocence of Muslims." Billed as a trailer, it triggered anti-American sentiment among Muslims in Egypt, Libya and elsewhere in 2012.
Influenced the San Antonio Human Resources Management Association to eliminate CAIR from seminar entitled Understanding Islam in the Workplace. Florida Family Association sent out an email alert on May 4, 2015 entitled San Antonio Human Resources Management Association sponsors CAIR seminar for educational certification credit entitled Understanding Islam in the Workplace. The email alert asked Floridafamily.org subscribers to send emails that urged San Antonio Human Resources Management Association officers and board members to abandon CAIR’s curriculum. Thousands of people sent emails. The San Antonio Human Resources Management Association (SAHRMA) quickly dropped CAIR from making the workshop presentation scheduled for May 12, 2015.
Countered CAIR’s demands that a sheriff withdraw a law enforcement academy from a terror training seminar. The sheriff stood his ground and did not cower to CAIR. The Council on American Islamic Relations sent out a news release on October 28, 2015 entitled CAIR Asks NJ Sheriff to Reject Training by Islamophobe. CAIR’s news release called Walid Shoebat an Islamophobe and reported that their organization had asked several law enforcement agencies to abandon his seminar. Walid Shoebat is an expert in counter terrorism. He provides training to law enforcement agencies. Florida Family Association launched an email campaign on October 29, 2015 to encourage Sheriff Michael Mastronardy and other law enforcement officials to stand their ground. CAIR issued a news release on November 9, 2015 entitled Islamophobe Walid Shoebat Trains New Jersey Law Enforcement which confirmed that the seminar was held.
Urged Seattle Mayor Ed Murray to stop pushing for Sharia mortgages. Fox News reported on July 22, 2015: Seattle officials join push for Sharia compliant mortgages, loans . A proposal in Seattle meant to increase homeownership among Muslims by offering financing compliant with strict Islamic law -- known as Sharia -- is gaining ground in the latest test for local leaders trying to accommodate diverse religious beliefs. Some Islamic fatwa committees and Islamist regulators hold that Sharia law requires that Islamic Financial Institutions (IFI) pay the Islamic religious tax zakat. Florida Family Association prepared an email campaign which asked Mayor Ed Murray and Seattle Council Members: “What happens when Islamic fatwa committees want Seattle financial institutions to pay the zakat on the profit they made from Sharia mortgages? Can anyone rely on American judges NOT to side with Islamists? Do these financial institutions know that part of the Zakat is used to fund Jihad? How many of these financial institutions’ non-Muslim customers will appreciate their bank helping to financially support Jihad?” The issue has not been mentioned or reported online again since July 23, 2015.
Action email center delivered emails from more than 17,500 people urging the U.S. Eastern District of New York not to restrict the NYPD from surveilling Mosques and not to ban NYPD educational counter terrorism material from the internet. Florida Family Association launched an online campaign earlier this year to urge a court to make public safety a priority in a case where Mosques and Muslims are trying to stop the NYPD from surveilling mosques and censor public safety reports regarding Jihad. Mohammad Elshinawy, Asad Dandia, Masjid At-Taqwa, Masjid Al-Ansar, Muslims Giving Back and Hamid Raza sued the City of New York in an attempt to force the New York Police Department to remove their report titled Radicalization in the West: The Home Grown Threat. The lawsuit also sought to stop the New York Police Department from surveilling them and their mosques. Raza et al v. City of New York et al is pending in the U.S. Eastern District of New York. FFA will continue to send out emails until the case is decided.
Urged hoteliers to reconsider their hosting and future hosting of Council on American Islamic Relations’ banquet fundraisers especially in light of the organization’s agenda to legalize Sharia law in America. Florida Family Association launched email campaigns that encouraged 1. Marriott to stop hosting the Hamas linked CAIR national banquet at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington VA which occurred on October 17, 2015. 2. The Embassy Suites Cleveland – Rockside, 5800 Rockside Woods Blvd., Independence, OH to stop hosting the CAIR Cleveland banquet which occurred on May 3, 2015. 3. The Westchase Marriott, 2900 Briarpark Drive, Houston, TX 77042 to stop hosting the CAIR Houston banquet which occurred on April 4, 2015.
Exposed Anti-Islamophobe rally against American patriots in Texas. Florida Family Association was one of the first organizations in the country to break the news about the Garland Independent School District (Texas) hosting a national Islamist rally to defeat Islamophobia in America. The Curtis Culwell Center, which is operated by the Garland Independent School District, hosted a conference on January 17, 2015 titled “Stand with the Prophet in Honor and Respect.” The Sound Vision Foundation, “a not for profit organization serving Muslims” sponsored the event. A movement to defend Prophet Muhammad, his person, and his message. Salla Allahu Alaihe wa Sallam. This benefit will raise funds to establish a Strategic Communication Center for the Muslim community, which will develop effective responses to anti-Islamic attacks, as well as to train young Muslims in media. The purpose of this event was to rally Muslims against God loving American patriots who are rightfully concerned about the Islamist movement in the United States. Radical New York Imam Imam Siraj Wahhaj who runs the Masjid At Taqwa mosque was the keynote speaker. Masjid At Taqwa and other mosques and Muslims are suing (Raza et al v. City of New York et al) to stop the New York Police Department from surveilling them and their mosques.
Countered CAIR’s demand that the University of South Dakota Women and Gender Research Conference cancel the showing of the movie Honor Diaries. The University of South Dakota Biennial Women and Gender Research Conference showed the movie Honor Diaries despite pressure from Islamist sympathizers who wanted the showing cancelled. Honor Diaries is an award-winning documentary that exposes the systematic Islamist abuses of women in Islamic honor-based societies including forced marriage, female genital mutilation, and limited right to education. Florida Family Association sent out an email alert on March 31, 2015 that encouraged people to send emails to University of South Dakota’s Women and Gender Studies faculty and university officials to express their support for Miglena Sternadori’s determination to show the film. The email also expressed concern regarding university faculty who wanted to censor the truth about honor abuse. The movie was shown as planned.
Countered CAIR campaign to pressure Texas school district to force teacher to resign for distributing educational materials regarding Islam to his students. The Lamar Consolidated Independent School District forced Foster High School teacher Dale Woolverton to resign because he distributed factual information to students regarding Islam that CAIR complained about. The school district forced the teacher to resign within 24 hours without a thorough investigation. The Lamar Consolidated Independent School District issued a statement on April 14, 2015 that said in part “The District is still investigating the matter.” CAIR filed the complaint on April 7, 2015. Dale Woolverton resigned less than twenty four hours later on April 8, 2015. Florida Family Association launched an email campaign that defended Dale Woolverton and urged his reinstatement. Mr. Woolverton ultimately decided that he did not want to work for the school district again even if they offered to hire him back.
Countered Islamists, principally the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), who called on or pressured Governor Bobby Jindal, Senator Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush regarding positions or people they chose which oppose Islamization in America. Florida Family Association launched three campaigns to counter CAIR’s attack on Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush and Bobby Jindal.
Confronted the FBI for grounding paid aircraft with banner that challenged Al Jazeera America advertiser. The Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), pursuant to FBI orders, grounded the aircraft that Florida Family Association paid to pull a banner around MetLife Stadium on September 28, 2014. The banner stated AIG SPONSORS JIHAD TV. American International Group (AIG) is the largest company with the longest running advertising on Al Jazeera America. The FAA lost the control tower audio recording of this act of censorship after receiving a Freedom of Information Act request. The FBI repeatedly declined to provide a reason for grounding the plane. Florida Family Association paid the aircraft company to pull another banner which stated MERCK & CO SPONSORS JIHAD TV around MetLife Stadium on September 20, 2015. Florida Family Association provided the date, time, flight pattern, airplane tail number, pilot name, aircraft company name and banner language to the FBI, New Jersey State Police and Joint Terrorism Task Force regarding. Law enforcement did not interfere with the MERCK & CO SPONSORS JIHAD TV banner flown on September 20, 2015.
Urged Clear Channel Outdoor to stop hosting Islamist billboards which stated “Muhammad believed in Peace, Social Justice and Women’s Rights.” Clear Channel Outdoor turned down a billboard which presented the truth about Muhammad. Pamela Geller asked Clear Channel to accept a counter billboard but they declined. Major media companies allowing Islamist political organizations to distort the facts in their advertising forums weakens the knowledge that all Americans need to have on this important issue. Clear Channel Outdoor’s denial of opposing billboards implies that their company may be biased on this issue. However, even if Clear Channel Outdoor accepted the opposing billboards the content of the ICNA billboards is still grossly distorted. Florida Family Association launched an online campaign that challenged Clear Channel Outdoor to rethink their policy.
Christianpost.org reports the following regarding Florida Family Association: “Don't let the name deceive you. Florida Family Association is a national organization that harnesses online citizen activism through its massive email list to change organizations through economic and public pressure. They urge companies not to advertise on the Islamic terror apologist network Al Jazeera, remind universities to support free speech and not cancel films and speakers critical of Islamism, and hold the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR) feet to the fire for their leaders past support for terrorism and saying Muslims are above the law of the land.”
The Council on American Islamic Relations reports the following in their Islamophobia Report about Florida Family Association: “The Florida Family Association, founded in 1987 by David Caton, has pressured companies and courts to adhere to anti-Muslim practices. Despite operating only in Florida, FFA has garnered national attention. FFA is part of the U.S. Islamophobia network's inner core.”