Middle East studies in the News
Muslim Leaders to Hold 'Stand with the Prophet' Conference in Texas this Weekend [incl. John Esposito]
by Rick Moran
January 13, 2015
To combat Islam's poor PR recently, Muslim leaders from across America will hold a "Stand With the Prophet in Honor and Respect" conference in Dallas on Saturday. The forum will try to counter what they call "Islamophobes" in America who have spread hate toward Muslims around the world.
Get a load of the lineup of speakers.
Washington Free Beacon:
Organizers of the event place the blame for Islam's bad reputation on the media and so-called American Islamophobes who have "invested at least $160 million dollars to attack our Prophet and Islam," according to the conference web page.
Keynote speakers at the event will include Georgetown University professor John Esposito, founding director of the school's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, which has come under fire for, among other things, hosting 9/11 Truthers and a member of Egypt's Nazi Party.
Also scheduled to attend the forum is controversial New York-based Imam Siraj Wahhaj, who was an "unindicted co-conspirator" in the 1993 World Trade Center bombings trial. Wahhaj has called the FBI and CIA the "real terrorists" and expressed a desire for all Americans to become Muslim, according to the New York Post.
Organizers of the conference claim that the media and Islamophobes in America are the main reason why Islam and its prophet have such a bad reputation in the Western world.
"This is not an event. It is the beginning of a movement," organizers write on their website, which blames Americans for giving Islam a bad name. "A movement to defend Prophet Muhammad, his person, and his message."
"All these accusations were invented by Islamophobes in America," the group claims. "As we celebrate the Prophet in our now annual, nationwide event: Stand with the Prophet, we recommit ourselves to rectify his image, peace be upon him."
The event seeks to capitalize on outrage over cartoons and other materials mocking Mohammed in popular culture.
"Frustrated with Islamophobes defaming the Prophet?" the event materials ask. "Fuming over extremists like ISIS who give a bad name to Islam? Remember the Danish cartoons defaming the Prophet? Or the anti-Islam film, 'Innocence of Muslims'?"
I think I'll pass.
When "defaming the prophet" can mean just about anything, they're going to be very busy getting outraged over "Islamophobes" who make jokes about Mohammed, or put his image on a toilet seat, or perhaps simply speak about him without the reverence and worship of some Muslims. For any of those transgressions, you can lose your head.
They may condemn ISIS, but what will be said about the Paris terrorist attacks? Given the tone of the conference, it wouldn't surprise me if the terrorists weren't excused of their murders and perhaps justify their actions with weasel words about Islam being a "religion of peace." It's become SOP for these "good Muslims" to dance around the terrorist question and not face the fact that many in their midst turn their outrage at insults to the prophet into murderous intent.Note: Articles listed under "Middle East studies in the News" provide information on current developments concerning Middle East studies on North American campuses. These reports do not necessarily reflect the views of Campus Watch and do not necessarily correspond to Campus Watch's critique.
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