xml:space="preserve">
xml:space="preserve">
Advertisement

Protests against imam at Va. House of Delegates

Hundreds of Virginians were urging legislators to boycott the House of Delegates session on Thursday, when a Falls Church imam whom they accuse of condoning violence and defending terrorism was to deliver the opening prayer, The Washington Post reports.

Reporters Anita Kumar and William Wan – the latter a former Baltimore Sun colleague – write that Abdul-Malik and other leaders in the Muslim and interfaith communities say the accusations against him are false. Some background from The Post:

Advertisement

The Council on American-Islamic Relations put out a release on Thursday calling opponents to Abdul-Malik's appearance "Islamophobes." CAIR is asking supporters to contact Virginia House Speaker William J. Howell to thank him for "standing up to the Islam-bashers" and to contact delegates Adam Ebbin and Kaye Kory, the sponsors of the prayer, to thank them for "supporting religious diversity and inclusion in Virginia."

"We cannot let a vocal minority of hate-mongers deny American Muslims their constitutionally-guaranteed right to take part in the political process," CAIR National Legislative Director Corey Saylor said.

Recommended on Baltimore Sun

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement