Lawmaker Blasts Leader of Florida Muslims Lobbying Legislature

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The organizer who brought nearly 200
Florida Muslims to the state Capitol to lobby politicians Tuesday has been called a "known terrorist sympathizer" by a head lawmaker -- a label the Muslim leader emphatically rejects.

House Majority Leader Adam Hasner said his colleagues should learn more about the head of United Voices For America before deciding whether to meet with its members on Florida Capitol Muslim Day.

The group had urged Muslims to talk to lawmakers about education
and health care issues.
United Voices Executive Director Ahmed Bedier called Hasner's comments "absolute nonsense," and said he has "repeatedly spoken out against terrorists."

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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