The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) has called for a meeting with Northwoods Assembly of God Church officials in Perham after two Muslim exchange students were kicked out of an event for questioning some claims made by the speaker, Walid Shoebat.
According to a press release sent out earlier this week, CAIR-MN is also offering to provide Northwoods church leaders with accurate and balanced information about Islam and Muslims and to arrange for a presentation on the faith to church members.
The Muslim students, one from Indonesia and the other from Azerbaijan, say they heard falsehoods and distortions from Shoebat, and when they questioned his views, they were quickly told to leave.
“We hope the church will help promote mutual understanding and strengthen interfaith relations in our state by meeting with us and then offering an opportunity for its congregation to hear about Islam directly from Muslims,” said CAIR-MN executive director Lori Saroya in the release.
Saroya noted that Shoebat, has been exposed by CNN as an anti-Islam fraud who once told a Missouri newspaper that he sees “many parallels between the Antichrist and Islam” and that “Islam is not the religion of God -- Islam is the devil.” (Springfield News-Leader, 9/24/07)