An update to this post – as sharia creeps into another Florida Human Rights Commission.
Council member Don Redman started a contentious debate by asking Ahmed if he was offended by prayers “in Jesus’s name,” like the prayer Redman read to begin the Council session.
Council member Stephen Joost countered Redman, saying he was offended by the line of questioning that focused on Ahmed’s faith.
Ahmed is a Muslim and the former national chairman of CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Opposition groups to Ahmed’s nomination, such as Jacksonville’s chapter of ACT for America, spent the past several weeks arguing CAIR has close ties to terror groups and accused Ahmed of being sympathetic to Hamas and Hezbollah.
During Tuesday’s Council meeting, Council member Kevin Hyde directly asked Ahmed if he condemned terrorism as abhorrent.
Ahmed responded quickly, “yes.”
Council woman Glorious Johnson, who like Hyde is also running for Mayor, opposed Ahmed’s nomination, saying while she respected Ahmed she feared his confirmation would serve only as a distraction to the Human Rights Commission.
Voting in favor of the confirmation were Bill Bishop, Reginald Brown, Council President Richard Clark, Michael Corrigan, John Crescimbeni, Ronnie Fussell, Johnny Gaffney, Art Graham, Kevin Hyde, Warren Jones, Stephen Joost, Denise Lee and Art Shad.
Council members Daniel Davis, Ray Holt, Glorious Johnson, Don Redman, Council Vice President Jack Webb and Clay Yarborough all opposed Ahmed’s nomination.
But how does Ahmed feel about sharia law? Women’s rights? Honor killing? Apostasy? Rifqa Bary? Does he favor the Universal Declaration of Human Rights or the Islamic Declaration of Human Rights? Does he approve of wife beating as proscribed in the Qur’an? Polygamy? Child marriage? Rape? Amnesty for illegal aliens? Wouldn’t that be more telling than asking a question he was sure to deny?