Self-described former Muslim jihadist to speak in Sparta
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- White County residents concerned by what they see as Islamic indoctrination in Tennessee’s social studies curriculum are continuing to call for the material to be withdrawn.
The Tennessee Pastors Network and White County Citizens Against Islamic Indoctrination are holding informational meetings to discuss the issue the next two evenings in Sparta and Algood, Tennessee.
The White County School Board recently voted unanimously to retain the disputed social studies world religion lessons in spite of concerns expressed by some parents. Dale Walker of the conservative Pastor’s Network says the section on Islam is inappropriate.
“Much of it is fictional and it does not tell the complete story about Islam and about what Islam is to here to do in America.”
The featured speaker at both meetings is a man who says he is a former Muslim jihadist who has since converted to Christianity. Kamal Saleem has been denounced as a fraud by organizations as diverse as the Southern Povery Law Center, CNN, and Christianity Today. Saleem disputes the charges.
“They never met me. They never interviewed me. So, the hear-say that they’re using out there, if it’s real, where is it coming from? If it’s not real, it’s a made up story just as we see in many multitude of media today.”
Ibrahim Hooper speaks for the Council on American-Islamic Relations. He says Saleem is simply profiting from anti-Muslim hysteria.
“His outlandish claims are only believed by those who want to believe them; who want to fear Islam and to marginalize Muslims. And that seems to be what’s going on in these appearances in Tennessee.”
White County Citizens Against Islamic Indoctrination and the Tennessee Pastor’s Network will hold their first meeting featuring Kamal Saleem Tuesday evening at the Church of God on Brockman Way in Sparta beginning at 6 p.m.
Saleem will also appear Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. at the Church of God on West Wall Street in Algood.
RESOURCES TO EXPLORE THE ISSUES:
- The Tennessee Pastor’s Network
- Kamal Saleem's website
- The Council on American-Islamic Relations
- A review of Saleem's book by Christianity Today