Debbie Wasserman Schultz Cancels Speech at Muslim Group's Annual Dinner

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You're listening to the crazy man now, Debbie?
Involving Muslims in the American political process is a frightening prospect to guys like Joe Kaufman. Judging from a rant he wrote in February, Kaufman, head of the anti-Islam group Americans Against Hate, doesn't want Muslims to vote, work for the federal government, or get fair legal representation.

Kaufman's view aren't shocking -- he's been spouting similar ignorance for years. What's troubling is that U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Weston) may have listened to him.

Until last month, Wasserman Schultz had been scheduled to speak at the annual fundraising banquet of the nonprofit Emerge USA, the group's leaders say. Emerge, based in Margate, aims to empower Muslims, Indian, Pakistani, and Arab-American people through voter registration, political polling, and a leadership training program for young adults. Last year, the speaker at the group's annual banquet was former Sen. Bob Graham.

This year, Kaufman got wind of Wasserman Schultz's speaking engagement and wrote a hysterical rant about Emerge's leaders, saying the organization has a "nefarious agenda of placing Islamists into positions of American power and influence."
Kaufman happens to be a Republican candidate running for Wasserman Schultz's congressional seat. His article mentions that one Emerge coordinator has condemned Israel's treatment of Palestinians, and the founder of the group, Khurrum Wahid, is a respected lawyer who has defended people accused of committing crimes related to terrorism. Plus, the former executive director of Emerge now works for the Department of Defense. A Muslim with a high-level government job -- terrifying, isn't it, Kaufman? (You can read what Wahid and Emerge actually do in this New Times feature article.)

After Kaufman published his rant, Wasserman Schultz's office suddenly decided she had a scheduling conflict and couldn't speak at the banquet. Wahid speculated that Kaufman scared her off. Jonathan Beeton, a spokesman for Wasserman Schultz, told the Sunshine State News that the congresswoman never agreed to the gig in the first place (despite this flier advertising it). Beeton has not yet responded to the Pulp's request for comment.

One thing is clear: If Wasserman Schultz, head of the Democratic National Committee, is now taking political cues from Joe Kaufman, the anti-Islam politics of South Florida have reached new heights.

"It's just really frustrating to see that lack of leadership," says Laila Abdelaziz, a field coordinator for Emerge.

So much for empowering young leaders.
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Rfoffl
Rfoffl

This women is brain dead and should be placed in a nut house along with her friendly Dumb ass president.....

Gonzo
Gonzo

How'd you like to wake up and see that laying next to you?

Kenhjerpe
Kenhjerpe

What this represents is another "concerted" effort to distance, disenfranchise, and marginalize the Muslim vote.  Both parties are guilty with the GOP embracing the rally cry of "something has to be done with Muslims and Islam".  You often hear President Obama being incorrectly portrayed as a Muslim - LIKE THEY'RE SOMTHING WRONG WITH BEING A MUSLIM OR THAT BEING A MUSLIM MAKES YOU UN-AMERICAN.  Like all voters, Muslims want to know what the canadidates stand on the issues.  If the candidates running for office are running away from Muslims then the average Muslim voter only has the the thinnest of knowledge of whom to vote for.  It'll be great when the day comes when a politican comes to a mosque or some meeting of Muslims and says "I WANT YOUR VOTE" or "I BELIEVE THAT MUSLIM AMERICANS ARE AMERICANS".  As for that last sentence, well I better take an LSD pill to imagine that occurring.  However, Muslim Americans must rise up and demand that their politicians come to campaign for their vote rather than engage in politics of disenfranchisement and marginaliation.  A politician was quoted as saying that she won't come campaign for the Muslim vote becasue they don't vote.  Another politician running for President in 2008 refused to campaign contributions from Muslims or Muslim political groups.  There are 2 muslim congressman serving in Congress and other Muslim Americans serving in other local, county, municipal, and state elected political positions.  If the current trend continues, it's a race to the bottom as to what politician will meet and greet Muslims and talk to them about the political issues that concern Muslim.

Mitch Seizure
Mitch Seizure

Apparently the House doesn't have a dental plan (or a hair plan).....

Syeda Hoque
Syeda Hoque

Debbie Wasserman Schultzshould be ashamed of herself. Democrats take  Muslim vote as granted.  

Gmarion
Gmarion

Spineless!!! DWS is a little person.

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