Controversial Black Minister Forced to Step Down After Anti-Islam Remarks

July 10, 2006

Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the,0,7929225.story

On July 10, 2006 the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported, "The Rev. O'Neal Dozier, a controversial member of the Broward Judicial Nominating Committee, has resigned the post after he said Gov. Jeb Bush's office asked him to step down. Dozier, whose recent comments about Islam in a news release and on a radio talk show sparked outrage among Muslims, said Monday he did not talk to Bush, but he said the governor's office was unhappy with his remarks. The committee, which Dozier has been on since 2001, nominates judges in South Florida. 'I was asked to resign,' Dozier said, declining to say who specifically made the request. Dozier said he submitted his letter of resignation Sunday. Dozier, 57, is a key figure in Republican Charlie Crist's effort to reach black voters in the attorney general's race for governor. Neither Bush nor Crist could be reached for comment. The pastor of the Worldwide Christian Center in Pompano Beach, Dozier is leading a protest over a mosque's planned move to the city's black community. In a news release late last month, Dozier called Islam 'a cult' and said the mosque's plans have residents in the predominantly 'black Christian neighborhood' feeling less safe and secure. 'Their general welfare is being jeopardized by knowing that Muslims are invading their neighborhood,' Dozier said. He said residents worry that Muslims will convert vulnerable young black people to Islam... Dozier was unapologetic for his comments and said he regrets that he was not able to speak his mind as a political appointee."