I attended Ahavath Torah to hear General Flynn’s speech on how to win the war against Radical Islam. As it turns out, records show Susie Davidson was not in attendance and gleaned her information from a second-hand CNN report.
She accuses the General of claiming that Florida Democrats voted to impose Sharia law at the State and local level. The truth of the matter is that the Florida Senate did approve an anti-Sharia bill in 2014 called American Laws for American Courts which was passed by the majority Republican legislature. Every Democrat voted no!
Creeping Sharia is an issue, especially in the UK where in many communities people can use Sharia courts instead of civil courts, especially with regards to personal status issues. The anti-Sharia ALAC law was passed most likely as a preventative measure against moves to recognize Sharia, which would be completely contrary to our Constitution.
General Flynn did talk about Radical Islam as a threat and danger to our society, but he did NOT call Islam a cancer inside the body of 1.7 billion people. Ms. Davidson was not there! I was. She talks about the November event relying on rumor and second-hand information and is just spinning what she was told.
Outside there were a handful of protesters organized by CAIR (an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood whose core ideology is the destruction of Israel and the Jews). The synagogue hires security for all events for the protection of congregants and guests. Security personnel are located within the building, as this has been standard operating procedure for the entirety of the past two decades. They were not there in solidarity with the protesters nor was anyone offering up hugs.
General Flynn is not an anti-Semite as Ms. Davidson asserts. How does she know how attendees to the Hausman Speaker Series view General Flynn? She makes assertions with nothing to back them up. Her vilification of Rabbi Hausman and his speakers is unjust and inaccurate.
Having attended many of the Hausman Speaker Series, I can honestly state that they are informative, educational and insightful. I would recommend that in the future, Ms. Davidson get her facts first-hand instead of making claims based on what she hears second-hand!
Carol Denbo, Swampscott