Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Florida Muslims could be pivotal in 2012 election

By Jeff Kunerth | Orlando Sentinel | March 19, 2012| [Original Article]

Muslims have the potential to play a pivotal role in the 2012 election as Islamophobia and immigration issues galvanize the minority group into a voting bloc, according to a forum Sunday at the University of Central Florida.
Florida has an estimated 124,000 registered Muslim voters, and Orange and Osceola counties rank high in registered Muslim voters, said Daniel Hummel, a research associate with the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, based in Washington, D.C. In the swing state of Florida, Muslims helped elect George Bush in 2000 and Barack Obama in 2008....
...On the other hand, high-profile prejudice against Muslims — ranging from Qur'an-burring Gainesvillepastor Terry Jones to Congressman Allen West, who condemned Islam as a threat to America — tends to unite a people who perceive themselves as under attack, said Howard Simon, executive director of theACLU of Florida... [Read More

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