Florida Residents Refuse To Vote In New Polling Place

Residents of Boca Raton are outraged by a new polling place in their town. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“When told his Islamic Center of Boca Raton would no longer be allowed to be a polling place, President Bassem Alhalabi says he was saddened. "We were very happy to serve the community."

He says he was especially stunned because of where he votes himself.

“Personally me and my wife and all the kids, we vote at a church. And we made friends there," Alhalabi says

Alhalabi says Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher called him personally because of the role the Islamic Center already plays in the community.

The mosque also functions as a hurricane shelter, feeds the homeless and even works with the juvenile justice department.”

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    • At least you watch the video some of the trolls just come here to make rude

    • +emerald3331 doesn’t mean he’s trolling. It sounded like someone moving a

    • Fundamentalist Islam is incompatible with Western culture. As is
      fundamentalist Christianity (Uganda is a Christian Nation run by
      fundamentalist Christians). As is fundamentalist Judaism (why do you think
      Orthodox and more specifically Hasidic Jews have their own communities
      apart from modern society). As is Fundamentalist Hinduism (look at the
      problems with honor rape in rural sectarian parts of India).

      The nice thing about secular Muslims (the vast majority of the 1.2 billion
      Muslims in the world) is that they are nonviolent and ignore the violent
      parts of Islam that make Fundamentalist Islam incompatible with western
      culture. Kind of like secular Christians, secular Jews, and secular Hindus.

      The problem with religion is that is wrong (and many parts of its holy
      books are evil), and the problem with fundamentalist religion is that it
      doubles down on the evil aspects of the holy books, and strongly believes
      the wrong nonsense that is religion.

  1. Doesn’t Cenk remember when he did the story of students protesting Mosques
    being built in all the university’s in Turkey? He said they felt they were
    being built to remind them who’s really in charge. I wouldn’t want to go
    vote in any religious establishment either because I believe in secularism
    and why assume they’re all just scared right wingers, why not people pissed
    that religion is trying to mix with the electoral system?

    • A lot of places use churches as polling placed because you have to have a
      polling every so distance for the amount of people that there are, in any
      given county, some there aren’t that many public buildings spread around a
      county. It’s not like they are forcing religion. All they are doing is
      using the building.
      (this is coming from someone who believes in complete separation of church
      and state)

  2. Islam is the worse cancer
    it damages our brain and
    turns us to apologists or terrorists

  3. Aren’t you supposed to remove your shoes before entering a mosque? Or were
    they going to suspended that for the day? Completely understandable if to
    vote you gotta act like your going to grandmas house.

    • This is a really interesting point, I wouldn’t want to upset the crazy
      people by keeping my muddy boots on, but on principle I also wouldn’t be
      willing to panda to the sensibilities of an imaginary sky wizard. I suppose
      I’d have to get a postal vote.

    • Just because this happened doesn’t mean everyone in Florida is like this.
      Using that logic is completely idiotic.

    • +Andy Dominguez
      That’s religious extremism in general.

      It’s only been a serious problem among Muslims-majority countries because
      they are in a situation similar to Germany during the Great Depression.
      That’s the scenario that tends to promote the growth of radical ideologies,
      in this case Radical “Fundamentalist” Islam. And, to make it worse, this
      has been the case for years, decades, even.

      If Nazism could grow so much in a less than decade before it took over
      Germany, imagine how powerful out of control another radical ideology can
      become with more time.

  4. I wouldn’t want to vote at a church either…or a temple. Keep government
    and religion separated.

    • It’s just a space dude, it’s not that deep. If going into a mosque
      influences/offends you, I don’t even know what to say

    • It doesn’t matter, as long as it’s only being rented out for that day.
      Nobody is going to be harassed, it’s just ignorance to be so prejudiced and
      only keeps us divided and continues to feed the hatred and the war between
      the people.. A true danger to peace and order..

    • It’s not there to convert you, the polling place is there so you can vote.
      Chill out, dude.

    • They are separate. It’s a venue.
      Just like no one expects you to go into full time education or retirement
      because of voting in a school or retirement home.

  5. Who would want to vote at place that condones the abuse of women, gays, and
    children? Florida got this one right

    • a large portion of US Muslims are in favor of sharia. How naive would you
      have to be to think a lot of people that attend this mosque don’t support
      oppressive sharia?

    • +S7Robin
      So what you are saying is that they don’t have the death penalty for being
      gay. It’s funny how they start pushing for it when sharia is on the rise

  6. I don’t care if it’s Islam, Christianity or whatever, we don’t need these
    belief systems around nor treat them like “community centers” when they are
    anything but community centers.

  7. >______________¶___
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    • +Me72
      It’s a secular country. If America stuck to evangelical heritage, it should
      radically oppose the term “christian country”. A lot of baptists fled
      europe because of persecution. They were percecuted for, among other
      things, rejecting the concept of a state church. Keep religion and politics
      away from each other, or both get corrupted.

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