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Monday, January 4, 2010

Valley Forge TEA Partiers to protest Islam classes

[UPDATE - I've been told that the formal protest has been canceled. There may still be a less formal protest, or at the very least an attempt to disrupt the class.]

A group called the "Valley Forge Patriots - Tea Party '09" plans to protest a course on Islam that will begin later this week at the Downingtown Friends Meeting Schoolhouse.

The Valley Forge Patriots appear to be upset that the class is being led by Iftekhar Hussain, who is on the board of CAIR Philadelphia.

CAIR (The Council for American Islamic Relations) is an advocacy group that certain conservatives are convinced gets money from Middle Eastern terrorist groups. On websites frequented by the fringe right, theories about CAIR's funding abound.

Here's the text of the protest ad (It comes from I'm quoting it here in case it manages to disappear from the site):

Protest in Downingtown on January 7th

SOMETHING WE ALL GOTTA DO! - RSVP directly to Paula Stiles

January 7th, CAIR in Downingtown at 6:30 PM“The Downingtown Friends is going to be holding a 10-week session on the Muslim religion and culture. The speaker, Iftekhar Hussain, is on the Board of Directors of CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations). CAIR, has been linked to terrorist groups by many different sources.

“We need as many people there as possible. Some to stand outside with signs and others to go in and ask questions. Please let me know if you are interested, then I will be able to coordinate how many people are in and how many people are out. I would like to get about 100 people there if possible. The media will probably be there. If not, we plan to call them. Thanks.”

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