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Reprimand Sherriff Mike Scott of Lee County, FL

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On Monday, October 6,2008 Lee County Sheriff, Mike Scott in full uniform, spoke at a political rally for the McCain-Palin presidential campaign. He spoke of Barack Obama, calling him "Barack Hussein Obama". This was a blatant attempt to conjure images of Islamic extremism and the rally attendees took it as such. They began to cheer after the word "Hussein" and before the Sheriff had made his point. It was the name, and its connotations, they were cheering. Sheriff Scott has said that he will not apologize and if Obama doesn't like being called Hussein, "Perhaps he should have changed his name." I would like to point out that the Sheriff's middle name was not used when he was introduced. Sarah Palin's middle name was not used when the Sheriff introduced her just moments after he referenced the Senator by his full name. This is clearly an attempt to make a racially charged assertion about who Barack Obama is, based upon his name. Associations like these, are not only inaccurate as Senator Obama is not a Muslim, but they are inappropriate because being a Muslim doesn't equate to being a terrorist. Suggesting otherwise is offensive to Muslims, and others living in the state of Florida. The Sheriff is a public official, whose salary is paid by the very citizens he offends with such a statement. Central Florida is home to more than 25,000 practicing Muslims according to The Islamic Society of Central Florida and countless other religious and racial minority groups. It is unacceptable to have public officials who display their disdain for these groups so proudly. We request that Sheriff Mike Scott be publicly reprimanded for his behavior and asked to issue a public apology. (PLEASE KEEP YOUR COMMENTS BRIEF AND PROFESSIONAL. THIS IS BEING SENT TO THE GOVERNOR. IT IS NOT A FREE FOR ALL FORUM TO COMPLAIN ABOUT SARAH PALIN OR ANYONE ELSE - I HAVE COMPLAINTS OF MY OWN ABOUT HER BUT THIS ISN'T THE PLACE FOR THEM)

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Erica R. Anderson is the author of this petition. I am a Florida resident transplanted from Cincinnati, Oh. I am a student of history and of politics and I have seen my fair share a negative campaigning from all political parties. This issue, however, is particularly divisive and inappropriate. I have a moral obligation to stand up for what I know is right.

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