Anti-Muslim Group, Protesters Face Off Outside Hillsborough School District Offices

Marlene Sokol, Tampa Bay Times, September 12, 2012

A day of trying to keep a Muslim advocacy group out of Hillsborough County’s public schools didn’t go as planned.

After a prayer vigil Tuesday morning, opponents of radical Islam and about 30 supporters gathered for a news conference outside the school district’s downtown headquarters.

They were met by an equally sized and equally vocal group of demonstrators who objected to their message.

Carrying signs that said “Free Speech,” “No Hate Today” and “I love angry white people,” they shouted down the panel of speakers who had been invited by School Board candidate Terry Kemple, a conservative Christian leader in eastern Hillsborough.

“We are here because we don’t stand for religious intolerance,” said Charles Allen, 26, a University of South Florida graduate student who learned about the counter-protest on Facebook.

Estefania Galvis, a 21-year-old student from Colombia, said she is offended when immigrants are stereotyped.

And she objects to Kemple’s vilification of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a campaign that began after CAIR executive director Hassan Shibly visited Steinbrenner High School in Lutz last year.

Opponents of CAIR say the organization has terrorist ties. Local CAIR leaders say their mission is to promote tolerance and respect.

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For a while, members of the opposing groups stood nose-to-nose, shouting each other down.

They included Richard Swier, a retired 23-year Army veteran involved in United West, an organization that seeks to defend Western civilization against what it calls the cultural onslaught of Islam.

Swier tried to convince the chanting protesters his group was not hateful. “We want to stop hate as well,” he said. “Hate is coming from those who want to kill us.”

Kelly Benjamin, 35, got into arguments with several anti-CAIR speakers, including radio host Roger Homefield.

“I am not hateful,” Homefield bellowed, pointing a finger at Benjamin’s chest. “My girlfriend is black. Am I a racist? … Who are you calling hateful?”

Benjamin countered: “You seem a little hateful right now, sir.”

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Kemple, who spoke last, directed his comments to those gathered to oppose him.

“It’s always amazing to me that the people who talk about tolerance and freedom of speech are the most intolerant in keeping others from having their freedom of speech,” he said.

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  • Puggg

    Everyone is arguing with each other in a big pillow fight over who is and isn’t promoting “hate,” who is and isn’t “bigoted,” and who is and isn’t “racist.”

    Ethnostates instead of polyglot countries would make all this moot.

    • NYB

      Israel is an ethnostate, which makes it all the more curious that self-proclaimed Jews are in the front ranks of the protest, both for and against.

      Leftist Jews are the doves who blindly support multiculturalism, and right wing Jews are the hawks leading the anti-Muslim discourse.

      The schism between the Jewish left and the Jewish right is worth following from the sidelines, but for no other reason but that the ethnostate of Israel is the elephant in the room.

  • Biff_Maliboo

    There’s always a surplus of effeminate, wispy “Kelly Benjamins” at these “Stop The Hate” rallies. They must grow them in a lab someplace.

  • Ulick

    “We are here because we don’t stand for religious intolerance,” said Charles Allen, 26

    So Charles doesn’t stand for the intolerance of people peacefully protesting because they don’t want Islam taught to their children in school.  What are the odds that Charles has spoke out or protested against the current Muslim intolerance that’s led to one Ambassador raped and murdered and mass pillaging and violence?  My guess is that Charles hasn’t said jack ****, evidencing himself as the all-to-typical weasly Liberal who attacks Christians while letting Muslims completely off the hook.

  • IstvanIN

    Two reasons I get very disheartened about our future:

    “I am not hateful,” Homefield bellowed. “My girlfriend is black. Am I a racist? … Who are you calling hateful?”   and Estefania Galvis, a 21-year-old student from Colombia, said she is offended when immigrants are stereotyped.

  • RebelliousTreecko

     Carrying signs that said “Free Speech,” “No Hate Today” and “I love
    angry white people,” they shouted down the panel of speakers who had
    been invited by School Board candidate Terry Kemple, a conservative
    Christian leader in eastern Hillsborough.

    Oh, that’s rich.  Would these same people use the free-speech argument to defend Mohammed cartoons and pro-White messages?

    Estefania Galvis, a 21-year-old student from Colombia, said she is offended when immigrants are stereotyped.

    Some people are offended when Christians and Whites are “stereotyped”, but nobody does anything about it.  Maybe your stereotypes exist for a reason?

    “It’s always amazing to me that the people who talk about tolerance and
    freedom of speech are the most intolerant in keeping others from having
    their freedom of speech,” he said.

    More than you know.

  • anarchyst

    There is NO SUCH THING as a “moderate” muslim”. ALL muslims should be shipped out of MY country–NO EXCEPTIONS.
    Islam is a political system masquerading as a religion. The islamists and their fellow travelers are (mis)using our Constitution to destroy us . . .
    At this point in time, I DON’T CARE if I offend them (or anyone else for that matter). . .               

    • mobilebay

      Islam is a religion/political entity/way of life for Muslims. Protesters demand respect for this “way of life” that degrades women, performs honor killings, protests anything that they think is disrespectful of their “gods,” demands that infidels (all the rest of  us) be coverted or killed and has its follows gather in the streets and destroy their own countries when they are mad at us! They live in the 10th century and act like savages and I agree that we don’t need them in our country any more that we need illegals.

  • Dean_Wormers_Hot_Wife

    Our future is getting shouted down by dusky Muslims in our own country. Nobody is coming to our rescue.

  • ncpride

    “We are here because we don’t stand for religious intolerance,”

    Wait, what? Where are all the Democrats, Atheists and the ACLU on this? What happened to all that blather about seperation of church and state, and violating civil rights? Or, does that only count when Christianity is involved? Our kids can’t even put up a Christmas tree at school anymore, and they have the gall to talk about religious intolerance. Gimme a break.

  • RHG

    I have no problem with admitting my “hate”, I absolutely hate phony, brainwashed hypocrites like Kelly Benjamin. I hate whites like him with a passion.

  • Anonymous

    The ultimate card to proving how “unhateful” is having a significant person your life being black?

    Something whites can be really stupid.

  • AmericanTaxPayerNoMore

    The most disgusting thing about this whole article is the race traitor.  I guess White People need to murder their own White Blood in order to not be “hateful”?

    Actually, on second thought, shoving one’s finger into someone’s else chest is very negro.  I guess that’s why he’s with a black instead of a White Lady; he sounds like a pretty violent “white” man so his black girlfriend probably lets him beat on her and she probably beats on him.  What a match made in hell.

  • Ray

    Cair needs to be shut down once and for all.

  • jackryanvb

    “Slaughter those who say Islam is violent”

    Kind of says it all.

  • joewest666

    When “American” muslims start setting off IEDs on US highways here in a few months I bet the muslim huggers will be singing a different tune.

  • Major

    I’m wondering if the Jewish sabra in the video… has heard that the Muslims and Islamists want to annihilate Israel…and all Jews?

    Seems to me these people just don’t get it….she claims the Jews have been discriminated against for a long time…yet she ignores the “commands” of the Sharia lovers around her?

    Hasn’t she heard the Iranian  Hitler…Arm-a-dinnerjab speak of wiping the Jews off the planet?

    Would she help them arrange the boxcars again? How can they stand with these “people”?

  • joewest666

    They will look pretty darn funny firing their .40S&W at Cleadus with this .308