- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 9, 2016

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - An application to allow the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Oklahoma to have a float in Tulsa’s Veterans Day Parade has been rejected.

The Tulsa World (https://bit.ly/2eD9tIP ) reports the Tulsa Veterans Organizations Association received numerous calls last year when the group applied for and received a permit to have a float in the parade. The association said the Muslim council had a constitutional right to participate.

Steve Porter, president of the newly formed Greater Tulsa Veterans Organizations Association, says last year’s controversy prompted the creation of the organization to oversee the parade and its rules for inclusion.

Porter says there previously weren’t any written rules about parade inclusion. He says CAIR-Oklahoma didn’t meet the new criteria because it’s a political advocacy group and hasn’t been involved in veterans affairs in eastern Oklahoma.

He says the new parade organization is politically neutral.

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Information from: Tulsa World, https://www.tulsaworld.com

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