2014 Florida Family Association Achievements followed by summary of significant accomplishments.
Influenced 193 out of 209 companies to stop advertising on Al Jazeera America since January 2013. Al Jazeera, the Arabic news channel headquartered in the Middle East (Doha, Qatar), purchased the Current TV channel at the end of 2012 giving it the potential of reaching millions of viewers in the United States. Al Jazeera is a news company that is owned by a non-democratic, monarch styled emirate who does not afford citizens freedom of the press. One hundred sixty six (166) companies stopped advertising after the Florida Family Association office communicated with the companies’ CEOs and Marketing VPs. Twenty seven (27) companies stopped advertising after being targeted by Florida Family Association online campaigns. A HollywoodReporter.com April 11, 2014 headline stated Dozens Laid Off at Al Jazeera America, subhead line reported The cable news network is disbanding its sports unit and scaling back its social media program, "The Stream" and article stated in part: Al Jazeera America has laid off dozens of employees as part of restructuring. The channel is disbanding its sports unit and scaling back its social-media-driven show The Stream from a daily show to a once-a-week program.
Influenced one hotel group to cancel a Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) event in 2014 and three hotel groups to stop allowing their facilities to be used by Islamist political groups since 2013. Florida Family Association’s email campaign influenced Lodging Hospitality Management (LHM) to cancel the CAIR St. Louis conference scheduled for July 23, 2014 at the Seven Gables Inn in St. Louis MO. LHM operates 18 hotels. Florida Family Association launched an online campaign that countered an Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) conference held on June 15, 2013 at the Doubletree by Hilton in Dallas Near the Galleria. Cathedral Hills Associates owns the Doubletree by Hilton in Dallas. Cathedral Hills Associates’ 3 hotels did not host CAIR or ISNA events in 2014. Florida Family Association launched a campaign that countered an ISNA conference held at the Hilton Airport Tampa Westshore on May 11-12, 2012. Ashford Hospitality Trust owns the Hilton Airport Tampa. Ashford Hospitality Trust has not hosted a CAIR or ISNA event since 2012 at any of their 113 hotels. Florida Family Association launched a campaign that countered an Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) convention held at the Sheraton Downtown Chicago December 21-25, 2012. Tishman Hotel Corporation owns the Sheraton Downtown Chicago. None of Tishman Hotel’s 9 facilities have catered to Islamists’ political groups since 2012. Florida Family Association launched several email campaigns in 2014 aimed at educating and motivating six hotel companies to stop allowing the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) from using their conference facilities to advance their agenda. The six campaigns focused on CAIR banquets hosted by the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington VA, Drury Lane in Chicago IL, Anaheim Hilton in Los Angeles CA, Four Points Sheraton in San Diego CA, Quorum Hotel’s Hilton Phoenix-Mesa in Phoenix AZ and Driftwood’s Tampa Downtown Hilton in Tampa FL.
Supporters sent approximately 20 MILLION emails to various officials in response to Florida Family Association email alerts and online campaigns during 2014 compared to 10 MILLION in 2013. 10,000s of emails are sent through floridafamily.org each week to defend American values.
Launched an online campaign and email alerts that encouraged supporters to send emails that urged forty three justices with the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a 3 judge panel ruling that ordered Google to remove the controversial movie “Innocence of Muslims” from Youtube.com. Chief Judge Alex Kozinski’s opinion for the 2 to 1 panel ruling considered a Sharia fatwa as a legal basis for banning the Innocence of Muslims video from Youtube. 19,500 people sent emails to the forty-three justices at the 9th U.S. Circuit through the Floridafamily.org email server which stated in part: "I respectfully ask you to avoid making exceptions for Islamists like Chief Judge Kozinski appears to have done in his opinion. Please affirm the First Amendment rights that all Americans cherish by reversing the panel’s troubled ruling and affirming the district court’s order." The majority of the 9th US Circuit Court judges voted on November 12, 2014 to order the en banc rehearing of this case.
Compelled Subway International to report “we do not offer and have no plans for Halal specific menu in the United States or Canada.” Florida Family Association sent out an email alert on May 7, 2014 which reported Islamists pressure Subway to serve only Sharia approved Halal certified meats at 200 stores in the United Kingdom. Thousands of people sent emails to top Subway officials that stated in part: Your no ham, no bacon, Halal only menu is offensive to me and would be unacceptable to millions of other American consumers even in communities with larger Muslim populations. Please remember that Freedom is the hallmark of the American way of life. Sharia compliant food for everyone is not Freedom. Paula Gomez, Subway’s Customer Care Manager responded in less than 24 hours from the start of the online campaign with an email that stated in part: “There are currently Subway stores with a Halal menu in the UK, Ireland, Middle East and the Netherlands. There are no Subway locations in the US or Canada that offer the Halal specific menu and there are no plans on doing so.”
Published online articles and offered online email forums used by thousands of supporters that helped influence the Florida Senate to vote 24 to 14 and Florida House to vote 78 to 40 to approve Application of Foreign Law in Courts. Application of Foreign Law in Courts legislation prohibits Florida courts from considering some provisions of Sharia and other foreign laws. The full senate amended SB 386, titled it Application of Foreign Law in Courts and voted 24 to 14 to approve the new language on April 28, 2014 session. The house voted 78 to 40 in favor of the amended senate version SB 386 titled Application of Foreign Law in Courts during the April 30, 2014 session. Florida Governor Rick Scott approved the legislation on Monday, May 12, 2014.
Countered Islamists’ billboard that stated “Jesus is Muslim” which was posted by CBS Outdoor. CBS Outdoor posted ad copy the last week of March 2014 that stated “Jesus is Muslim” on a billboard on Cleveland Avenue in Columbus Ohio. Ask-a-Muslim.com., who sponsored the billboard, states: Muslims are Christians For starters, Muslims are Christians – if “Christian” means someone following the teachings of Christ, so by learning about Islam you are not disobeying Jesus. Florida Family Association launched a long term online homepage campaign through which thousands of people sent emails to CBS Outdoor. The emails urged “CBS Outdoor to adopt company wide policy that requires performing due diligence to prevent posting of inaccurate ad copy that diminishes the integrity of other faiths.” The billboard was removed and no similar billboards have been reported posted by CBS Outdoor.
Countered Pearson plc for publishing the World History text book that pushes biased, imbalanced view of Islam on students, subsidiary that advertised on Al Jazeera America and another company that promotes Sharia compliant financial institutions. Pearson plc owns Prentice Hall, which is the company that published the Islamist biased World History text book. Pearson plc also owns The Economist who advertised on Al Jazeera America and The Financial Times who promotes Sharia compliant banks at FT.com. Florida Family Association email campaigns influenced The Economist to stop advertising on Al Jazeera America. Florida Family Association launched online campaigns that voiced concern about Pearson plc’s publishing of Islamist biased textbooks and the Financial Times (FT.com) promotion of Sharia compliant banks that influenced Bank of America and SPDR ETF to stop advertising at The Financial Times (FT.com.)
Countered MTV’s partnership with CAIR to shape television programming despite the group’s Islamist Agenda. The Clarion Project reported in part: MTV is including the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity with a history of radicalism, in its "world-class coalition of expert partners" for a campaign to combat discrimination and inequality. CAIR has a history of tarring its opponents by calling them “anti-Muslim” or “Islamophobes.” The multi-year "Look Different" campaign will use celebrity activism, television shows and social media to influence the over 500 million households that MTV is available in. While well-intentioned, MTV unfortunately chose to include CAIR, an organization with an extremist history that tars every opponent as an anti-Muslim bigot. Florida Family Association launched a long term online homepage campaign through which thousands of people sent emails that urged officials at MTV and parent company Viacom to drop CAIR as an expert in their "Look Different" campaign.
Countered CAIR’s failed attempt to bully FX into not airing or censoring their new show called Tyrant. Florida Family Association sent out several email alerts entitled CAIR pressures FX to allow them to censor new series called Tyrant. The alert asked readers to send emails that would encourage FX officials not to forfeit their First Amendment rights to Islamists. Thousands of people sent emails to encourage FX officials to stand their ground and ignore Hamas linked CAIR. FX aired the new show as planned despite the Council on American Islamic Relation's bullying. CAIR escalated their demand on June 20, 2014 with another announcement after FX started promoting Tyrant without regard for the Muslim Brotherhood front organization’s demand. The first episode of Tyrant aired on FX on June 24, 2014 at 10:00 pm.
Countered Universal Studio’s new movie Non-stop which demeaned 9/11 families, degraded combat veterans and advanced Islam according to the Breitbart.com article titled 'Non-Stop' Review: Liam Neeson Thriller Hits New Left-Wing Low. Universal Studios is a subsidiary of NBC Universal which is owned by Comcast Corporation. Debra Burlingame of the 9/11 families issued the following alert reprinted here in part: Hollywood’s political correctness has now crossed the line. The “big reveal” of Liam Neeson’s new thriller,” Non-Stop, is that the terrorist hijacker who is anonymously murdering innocent passengers on a commercial airliner is a 9/11 family member/military combat vet fed up with meaningless war. Worse, the flight’s quiet hero who comes to the aid of the protagonist, thereby saving the day, is a Muslim doctor. (Oh, the irony, that Al Qaeda’s number one is Ayman Al Zawahiri, a doctor. And that six of the Glasgow bombing plot were….Muslim doctors. Florida Family Association launched an online campaign through which thousands of people sent emails to NBC Universal officials that conveyed strong disappointment regarding the content of the movie Non-stop.
Objected to Sam’s Club donation of $2,500 to a mosque named after the military wing of Hamas. The mosque was directed by man who pleaded guilty to raising support for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, has been a member of ISNA and hosted a CAIR propaganda event. The Sam’s Club located in Brandon, Florida had a large photograph of a $2,500 check made out from Sam’s Club payable to the Islamic Community of Tampa placed on the wall. The Islamic Community of Tampa is also known as the Al-Qassam mosque. InvestigativeProject.org reports “The mosque, according to Sami Al-Arian, was named after Izzedin al-Qassam. Al-Qassam, a Syrian killed fighting the British mandate in 1935, ‘is the main source of inspiration for the Islamic Jihad movement.’” Sami Al-Arian, former Chairman of the mosque, was indicted in February 2003 on 17 counts under the Patriot Act for allegedly being the leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). In 2006, Al-Arian pleaded guilty and was sentenced to prison. Florida Family Association launched an online campaign through which thousands of people sent emails to Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart officials to express outrage over their company’s support of this mosque.
Countered USA Today’s article that applauded Sharia in America. USA Today published a headline story in their Sunday, October 12, 2014 Money section titled “Sharia financing takes off in the West.” A full page Samsung advertisement paid the way for USA Today to publish this rubbish. The article reports that Ahmed Khan wanted to expand his Halal only meat company, Barkaat Foods, in America. However, Khan’s “strict adherence to his Muslim faith” would not allow him to obtain a traditional American loan. He needed a loan that would comply with Islamic Sharia law. Prairie Street Capital invested the money in Barkaat Foods that Khan needed to expand. USA Today wrote a glowing headline article that clearly applauds an American business for providing Sharia compliant funds to a company that sells Sharia compliant Halal meats. Sharia law is not limited to the subject of finance and food as reported in this article. Florida Family Association launched an online campaign through which thousands of people sent emails of concern to Samsung, USA Today and Prairie Street Capital officials.
Criticism of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s attendance at Hamas linked Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) conference appears to have influenced him to tell attendees that “Israel has a right to peacefully exist.” Florida Family Association sent out email alerts that reported “Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to speak at The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) conference on August 29th.” The alert encouraged readers to send emails that educated Governor Snyder about ISNA and urged him to withdraw from addressing the Hamas linked organization. Thousands of people sent emails and called the governor’s office. Nevertheless, Governor Snyder addressed the ISNA conference but surprisingly defended Israel’s right to peacefully exist which brought on Islamist criticism.
Influenced low overall attendance, a 70% drop in children attendance and a major decrease in Gay Day patron visibility and revelry at Disney World during Gay Day 2014. Florida Family Association hired three aircraft to pull banners for 40 total hours two days before and the day of Gay Day. The banners warned tens of thousands of families about the offensive gay pride event in the Magic Kingdom on June 7, 2014. Thousands of LGBT (Lesbians, Gays, Bi-Sexuals, Transgenders) converge on the Magic Kingdom the first Saturday of every June to demonstrate their same-sex affection to a captured audience of children with the mission of using this event to legitimize their lifestyle. Mainstream family attendance was down approximately 30% below the average attendance of the last 10 years. Attendance by children was down about 70% from when this event first started in 1991. Explicit shirts, hats, revelry or public displays of affection witnessed at past Gay Days was almost nonexistent on June 7, 2014.