Saturday, June 16, 2012

Victory! Jihad conference cancelled in Chicago, no new venue announced

The calls and emails did the trick.  The Khilafah Conference, titled "Revolution: Liberation by Revelation - Muslims Marching Toward Victory" is officially cancelled, says a spokesman for Hizb ut-Tahrir.  This is a victory, albeit a small one, but one that shows that the forces of democracy, freedom and liberty can, and should make sure these kinds of gatherings are met with loud voices of protest.  Hizb ut-Tahrir is not a designated terrorist organization but their goal is the destruction of Israel and the rise of the next worldwide caliphate.   I guess since they have not attacked the US or done anything inside our borders they are considered a "moderate" Muslim group by our fearless leader.  

Uh huh.

From the Daily Herald June 13 by Madhu Krishnamurthy

Islamic conference won't be in Rolling Meadows

An Islamic conference scheduled for this weekend in Rolling Meadows is searching for a new venue, after The Meadows Club was flooded with calls and emails from conservatives demanding the event be canceled.

Organizers of the Khilafah Conference 2012, titled “Revolution: Liberation by Revelation — Muslims Marching Toward Victory,” have not yet found an alternate place to host it in the Chicago area, said a Hizb ut-Tahrir America spokesman.

Organizers were expecting roughly 1,000 attendees to hear speakers discuss topics such as the causes, motivations and reasons for revolutions; the revolution in Syria; and forms of governance such as an Islamic state, secular state, and democracy.

It caught the attention of conservative commentators and political activists Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, co-founders of Stop Islamization of America, who launched a campaign against the conference through Spencer's website, Jihad Watch, and Geller's blog, Atlas Shrugs.

Minnesota congresswoman and former Republican presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann, speaking at last week's Conservative Political Action Conference in Rosemont, called on President Barack Obama to “shut down” the conference because of possible terrorist ties.

Meadows Club owner Madan Kulkarni said the club was bombarded with calls and emails, many of which warned there would be protests.

“Phone lines were starting to get jammed,” Kulkarni said, who added they are still getting “tons” of emails.

“With other events scheduled on that day and the possibility of protests, it was not the best position for us to be in. In this kind of economy, we can't afford any picketing.”

Kulkarni consulted with the Rolling Meadows police chief but decided the cost of having police officers work overtime to provide additional security was too high. He said organizers agreed to his request to cancel the event, saying they did not want to inconvenience the club.

Hizb ut-Tahrir America is part of a worldwide political movement advocating Muslims to return to the Islamic way of life and for the re-establishment of an Islamic caliphate governed by Shariah or Islamic law in predominantly Muslim countries.

The call is not to bring that here to this country or anything of that sort,” said Reza Iman, a Chicago area spokesman for Hizb ut-Tahrir America. “The message is for Muslim countries to return to Islamic values."

Liar.  If it is so important for Muslim countries to return to Islamic values, why is he calling on American Muslims.  Shouldn't he be preaching to Muslims in Muslim countries to return to Islamic values?  Hmmm...

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