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Local, National Groups to Host Islamophobia Town Hall Sunday in Dearborn

The event is being planned to counter an anti-Islamic conference being held in Dearborn at the same time.

Local and national Arab American and Muslim groups will gather this Sunday at the Doubletree Hotel just outside of Dearborn in hopes of counteracting an anti-Islamic conference being held at the same time.

In a statement sent out Wednesday, the Arab American Institute announced that they will host a community town hall on Islamophobia at 1 p.m. on Sunday with a slew of local and national speakers–including religious leaders, media representatives, and political leaders.

The event they seek to fight is the Jessica Mokdad Human Rights Conference, also taking place Sunday at Dearborn's . Hosted by political commentators and outspoken critics of Islam Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, the conference aims to expose what they claim is blatant evidence of the persecution of women in the Muslim faith.

Jessica Mokdad, for whom the conference was named, was murdered in 2011 in Warren, MI. Police arrested her stepfather for the crime, and some–Gellar included–have speculated that the shooting was an "honor killing" due to her rejection of Islam.

Mokdad's family told Fox News Detroit that "absolutely it was not."

Maya Berry, executive director of the Arab American Institute, said in a statement that the community should not stand idly as the conference takes place.

"They are exploiting the tragedy of a young Arab American girl to promote a bigoted agenda," she said. "It is shameful.

"And unlike the irrelevant (Quran-burning Pastor Terry) Jones, Geller and Spencer have thousands of followers, and are given airtime to spew their hate on major American news networks," she added. "This group, we cannot ignore."

“Geller and Spencer, who Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik admittedly drew inspiration from, incite hatred against Muslims and immigrants under the guise of saving America,” added CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid.  “We know from the history of the Holocaust to the internment of Japanese-Americans that hate rhetoric and casting a minority population as a fifth column can have terrible consequences.”

The Islamophobia Town Hall will include multiple speakers, including AAI President James Zogby, journalist and blogger Sara Posner, Executive Director of the Council for American-Islamic Relations of Michigan Dawud Walid, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee of Michigan Director Imad Hamad, Imam Sayed Qazwini, state Rep. Rashida Tlaib and several others.

The town hall is free to attend and open to the public.

TaterSalad April 26, 2012 at 08:08 PM
We will attend the Gellar/Spencer meeting. Have you heard that Islam in Egyt permits sex with a dead wife for up to 6 hours now! How barbaric. CAIR is.........quiet so they must approve of this then!
TaterSalad April 26, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Islam is "totally" barbaric and here is why: http://weaselzippers.us/2012/04/26/egypts-new-islamist-led-parliament-to-legalize-men-having-sex-with-dead-wives-for-up-to-six-hours-after-death-allow-girls-to-marry-at-14-years-old/
TaterSalad April 26, 2012 at 08:10 PM
The Fraud of Islam Amil Imani From the primitive land of the Arabian Peninsula of over 14 centuries ago rose Muhammad, an illiterate hired hand of a rich widow Khadija, claiming he was the bearer of a perfect life prescription from God—the Quran. He claimed humanity could do no better than to follow its precepts as well as to emulate Muhammad’s own life example for a guarantee of bliss and salvation. In exchange for this, people had to embrace Islam—surrender—by surrendering their liberty to Muhammad. http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/pub_detail.asp?id=10852 http://therealrevo.com/blog/?p=63458 Islam is NOT for me! https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=w4_BfhrIxg8 Every Iman is either a terrorist, a criminal or a pedophile. http://sheikyermami.com/2011/10/16/looks-like-every-imam-is-a-pedophile-a-criminal-or-a-terrorist/
TaterSalad April 26, 2012 at 08:12 PM
This article is brought to you by the "Religion of Peace". http://therealrevo.com/blog/?p=62623 Muslim hate speech: http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=452&fld_id=452&doc_id=6099
TaterSalad April 26, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Are you Islamophobic if you don't agree with this cleric and his decree? http://www.shoebat.com/2012/04/26/if-you-reject-necrophilia-you-might-be-islamophobic/
FreeWoman April 26, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Yes, it's 'islamophobic' and 'racist' to have concerns about apostates being killed or at least harassed, to disapprove of koran-advised wife beating (4:34), to not want islam to grow to power and bring sharia into the West. Funny, I thought my values on all people having equal rights and women being free from compulsion and violence were always left-wing, but suddenly I find myself being a wicked far-right 'islamophobe'.
Abdul Keddou April 27, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Sounds like the Islamic Republic of Dearborn approves of Islamic 'honor killings' and the Patch is here to report the deterioration of this once-thriving city into an Islamic hellhole.
TaterSalad April 27, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Abdul Keddou.............couldn't have said it any planner than that.
Marbran April 27, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Spencer and Geller have done nothing over the years but point out factual information about Islam, facts that are supported by Al-Azhar University in Cairo, considered to be the world's foremost institution on Islamic teaching. When people like Maya Berry use terms such as "bigoted" and "hate" and 'Islamophobe' (a term created by the Muslim Brotherhood to label Islamic critics) they are attempting to distract people from any discussion of the facts as they are presented. Berry calls Pastor Jones "irrelevant," yet how does that explain the large protests in the Middle East in response to Jones' simply stating that he intended to burn the Qur'an? It is those very over-the-top reactions by Muslims to any form or criticism that Spencer and Geller point out all the time - yet people like Berry, Reza Aslan, CAIR, AAI, etc., refuse to explain why they react that way, because they know that hatred and control lie at the heart of Islam.
TaterSalad April 27, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Marban..............spot on with your statement. This brings us to yet another proble. Our present administration and coziness with the MB and giving them a platform here in the U.S. This just gives them more "boldness" to express their hatred for Christians and Israel.
colin April 28, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Iran denies the Holocaust, actually. They are all muslims.

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