On Sunday, July 8, a prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group will kick off a nationwide discussion of "Islamophobia," or fear and hatred of Islam and Muslims, with a panel discussion in Dallas, Texas. It is the first in a series of similar public discussions scheduled around the nation by the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
The Dallas event, entitled "Do U.S. Policies Fuel Islamophobia?" and hosted by CAIR's Dallas/Fort Worth chapter (CAIR-DFW), will seek to explain the historical context of the issue and provide resources for gaining a better understanding of the negative impact anti-Muslim bigotry has on American society and on our nation's interests worldwide. Panelists will also discuss the government's actions in the case against officials of the closed Texas- based Holy Land Foundation Muslim charity.
"Given the lamentable state of our nation's international image, it is imperative that American Muslims analyze the situation and advocate solutions that will help remove the perception that we, as a nation, are at war with the faith of Islam," said CAIR Board Chairman Parvez Ahmed, who is one of the panelists.
Other scheduled CAIR events designed to highlight the negative impact of Islamophobia include a symposium this weekend in Davie, Fla., and a July 17th panel discussion at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., entitled "Attacking Islam: Implications for Social Cohesion and U.S. Relations with the Muslim World." The July 17th panel features American Conservative Union President David Keene.