Conservative journalist Laura Loomer drove to Orlando to report on the event, which was described on the flyer as being open to the public. Besides being a public event, the event was hosted at a taxpayer-funded Florida middle school, which gives any member of the public and the press the right to come on the property.
When Loomer approached the table to enter the event, organizers and an official from CAIR refused to admit Loomer and her cameraman into the event, and they were threatened with arrest by officers from the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the lease agreement between Seminole County Public Schools and any organization who uses one of the public school facilities for an event, “Persons will not be excluded from participation in any user activity on any basis set forth in §1000.5, Fla. Stat., ‘Florida. Educational Equity Act’, or for any other basis prohibited by the law.”
In a flyer created for a “Positive Parenting Skills” conference, Islamic scholar Dr. M. Rateb Al-Nabulsi was listed as a “special guest speaker” at the event, which was held by the Security Advancement Center (SAC), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), and Aisha Cultural Center in Orlando.
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