Missouri (IINA) - The Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Missouri) said its executive director would speak at an event at Truman State University just before an appearance by the notorious Islamophobe Robert Spencer.
CAIR said the Truman State College Republicans had invited Spencer to speak at an event on Thursday paid for with $3,000 from the university's student-led Funds Allotment Council, which is funded by student fees.
Spencer is scheduled to speak in a campus auditorium at 8 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. that same evening, CAIR-Missouri Executive Director Faizan Syed will offer a presentation, titled "Reclaiming Islam and Overcoming Hate," organized by the Muslim Student Association.
A third-party petition has been launched to oppose Spencer's appearance at Truman State. "While Spencer has the right to spew anti-Muslim propaganda, his extremist and conspiratorial views should not go unchallenged," said Syed. Spencer is a key leader in the anti-Islam hate movement in the United States. He is the director of the blog "Jihad Watch" and the American Freedom Defense Initiative and Stops Islamization of America, both of which are viewed as anti-Muslim groups.
In 2013, Spencer was banned from entering the United Kingdom because his views "foster hatred which might lead to inter-community violence." His recommended reading list has included racist books such as Jean Raspail's 1973 "Camp of the Saints," which depicts France being overrun by non-white immigrants from India. The respected Southern Poverty Law Center labeled Spencer, an "anti-Muslim extremist."
CAIR recently decried what it termed the Trump administration's "deafening silence" on a growing number of anti-Muslim incidents in recent days, part of a trend that began during the last presidential campaign and accelerated following the November 8 election.
Since the beginning of the year, CAIR has called for investigations of possible bias motives for 35 incidents targeting mosques in Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Kentucky, Georgia, Arizona, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Texas, and a number of other states. By comparison, in the January-March period in 2016, CAIR recorded 19 such incidents.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
Source: International Islamic News Agency