On the Steve Kane Show this morning, Rev. O'Neal Dozier, a black pastor who has advised President George W. Bush at the White House and is a political appointee of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, went off on Islam.
Talking about his efforts to keep a mosque from being built in Pompano Beach, Dozier called Islam a cult, said it was "evil," called its adherents "devils," and said that the Islamic people want to come into American communities and "cut peoples' heads off." He also said he didn't want any Muslims coming into his community to recruit the youth into their cult, since young black men were "already angry enough."
"We're at war with Islam," he said.
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I was in the Kane studio in Coral Springs, where Broward Times' columnist Elgin Jones was subbing for the right-wing radio show host. I sparred a bit on the air with Dozier, who is a Jeb Bush appointee on the Seventeenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission. He's also worked as a campaign official for George W. Bush and the president has invited him to the White House seeking his wisdom on various issues. I asked him if the Bush brothers, his political patrons, endorsed his point of view.
"I haven't talked with them about this," he said. "So I don't know."
Dozier, a fire-breathing member of the Christian Right, last made news in May when he announced that Jesus had told him in a vision that Republican Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist, who has named the reverend an official campaign official, would be the next governor.
"Rev. Dozier's a good man," Gov. Bush told the AP at the time.