CAIR sti­fles blog­ger

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

The Tampa, Fla., of­fice of the Coun­cil on Amer­i­can-Is­lamic Re­la­tions (CAIR-Tampa) has claimed credit for shut­ting down a con­ser­va­tive blog­ger who cited a fel­low blog­ger’s satir­i­cal col­umn sug­gest­ing “killing all the Arab chil­dren is a work­able so­lu­tion to spare our own chil­dren.”

CAIR per­suaded Florid­abased Host­ga­ Internetser­vice provider to shut down, a con­ser­va­tive blog cre­ated by Vil­mar Tavares, a re­tired Air Force of­fi­cer who lives in Spring Hill, Fla.

Mr. Tavares had quoted blog­ger Frank J. Flem­ing’s Nov. 28 satire col­umn en­ti­tled “The Only Way to En­sure that Our Chil­dren Don’t Have to Fight Ter­ror­ism Is to Kill All the Arab Chil­dren.” That col­umn at ended with Mr. Flem­ing’s ad­mis­sion that he “is try­ing to write ex­treme opin­ions to gen­er­ate con­tro­versy to pro­mote his new book ‘The Chron­i­cles of Dubya Vol­ume 1: The De­feat of Sad­dam.’ ” CAIR was not amused. “We com­mend Host­ga­ for do­ing the right thing by re­fus­ing to as­so­ci­ate with those who spew anti-Mus­lim big­otry and sup­port calls to vi­o­lence,” said CAIR-Tampa Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Ahmed Bedier. “We be­lieve hate-filled rhetoric is a ma­jor con­tribut­ing fac­tor to bias crimes and prej­u­dice.”

Greg Pierce can be reached at 202/636-3285 or gpierce@wash­ing­ton­

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