A letter featuring a goofy, but controversial retort by former Florida Rep. Allen West has turned into a small fortune for a Muslim group, which auctioned off the note for $2,625.
According to the Sun Sentinel
, the Council on American-Islamic Relations/Florida wrote West two years ago asking him to cut ties with people it described as “anti-Islamic extremists.’’
That request apparently roiled the then freshman congressman, who shot back a brief missive on congressional stationary, reading: “I am writing to you with regard your recent letter. 'NUTS!’ Steadfast and Loyal, Allen B. West.’’
Following West’s loss in November to Democrat Patrick Murphy, the Muslim group put the letter up for auction on eBay. The winning bidder was a California man.
"I'm really happy that we could take something that was meant to be so hurtful or so disrespectful, and kind of brushing our concerns off, and turn it into something real positive," Nezar Hamze, the Muslim group’s executive director, told the Sun Sentinel.
He said the Pembroke Pines-based group would likely use the money for ads or an educational campaign promoting Islam.
The Sun Sentinel reported that in 2011, Hamze blasted West for “participating in basically an Islam bashing,’’ after the congressman hosted a screening of a film that opposed the building of a mosque near Ground Zero in New York.
The film, “Sacrificed Survivors: The Untold Story of the Ground Zero Mosque’’ — perceived by some as anti-Muslim — was produced by the conservative Christian Action Network.
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