Friday, November 30, 2007

Debating Islam and Jihad

Anybody who has been following the controversy over the talk that Walid Shoebat will be giving at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee should be interested in the following event:

“Why I Chose Islam”
Dispelling the Misconceptions

Tuesday, December 4th 2007 at 8:30 PM
UWM Union Ballroom
2200 E. Kenwood Blvd

Featuring a response to misconceptions regarding Islam and terrorism and converts’ journey to Islam
Open to the public and press

Musa Mcguire (Confirmed)
Taqi Patrick (Confirmed)
Janan Najeeb, Milwaukee Muslim Womens Coalition (Confirmed)
Ahmad Rehab, CAIR (Center for American-Islamic Relations) (Tentative)

Sponsored by the UWM Muslim Student Association.

Cosponsored by the Palestinian Student Organization, Global Peace Project, the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition, the Islamic Society of Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Islamic Da’wah Center, Musalla Nur Foundation

This event is scheduled in response to Shoebat’s talk, which will be Tuesday, December 4th, 7:30 PM in the UWM Union Wisconsin Room. The address is: 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53211. Shoebat’s talk is also free and open to the public.

Hopefully, this will be a learning experience for the UWM Muslim Student Association, which first tried to get Shoebat banned. Trying to shut up speakers is terrible public relations.

Now they are trying to counter speech they dislike with more speech. That’s in the best tradition of free societies.

And if Shoebat’s talk is likely to provide a window on the ugly side of Islamic radicalism, the pro-Islam position of the Muslim Student Association is also something that a lot of Americans would benefit from hearing.


Blogger Jan Sobieski said...

Ahmad Rehab is an appropriate choice to counter Shoebat. The two are quite converse in many of their views. Where Shoebat condemns terrorist groups like Hamas and Hezbollah, Rehab offers his tacit support. Where Shoebat regularly attacks the Muslim Brotherhood, Rehab refers to their founder Sayyid Qutb as his, “favorite modern personality.” For those unfamiliar with Qutb, he is the individual most often sited as the inspiration for Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda.

11:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's not true. Rehab does not support any foreign militant groups. You are attributing words to his mouth. There is zero evidence of that claim everywhere I have looked. He is also not a supporter of Sayyid Qutub, that is antother fabrication, no record of him saying that. You may want to include sources for your claims that include actual quotes, otherwise have some respect for the rest of us and shut up.

5:22 AM  

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