(Sun Sentinel) — The South Florida leader of the Council on Islamic-American Relations said Wednesday that Congressman Allen West’s comments about Islam are inaccurate and irresponsible.
Nezar Hamze, executive director of Pembroke Pines-based CAIR in South Florida, faulted West for “participating in basically an Islam bashing or propagating his twisted views or understanding if Islam.”
Hamze was responding to comments West made Wednesday in Washington, where he hosted the screening of a film designed to oppose the construction of a mosque near the Ground Zero site in New York where the World Trade Center towers used to stand.
“That’s Allen West’s narrative. That’s what he speaks about. He presents himself as a scholar or someone having a deep knowledge of Islam when the reality is my children has a greater knowledge of Islam,” he said. (The kids are ages, 14, 13, 11, 9.)
“He’s very well versed on war. However he is not very well versed in Islam or the teaching of Islam. He tries to equate actions or wars that Muslims participated in the past as a teaching of Islam.
“Here’s the problem: The people who don’t know Muslims and the people who are in positions of power and positions of influence are taken by Allen West’s rhetoric or version of his understanding of Islam.