This weekend, a religious media company is hosting a huge event in a taxpayer-funded building. Sounds like another day in the life of Texas, but it's not because, in this case, the religious conference is a Muslim one. Just a week after the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, the Chicago-based Muslim organization SoundVision is leasing space from Garland ISD to host "Stand with the Prophet Against Terror & Hate," a conference whose stated mission is to combat Islamophobia:
The fight in defense of our Prophet against the $160 million Islamophobia machine is continuous, and groups like ISIS and Boko Haram only increase the media's ammunition to incriminate Muslims.
The backlash has been swift. The Garland Tea Party is speaking out against the event to local news and conservative blogs, and the so-called American Badass Coalition, a Facebook page run by a motorcyclist named John Harrington, is organizing a protest motorcycle ride "to STOP Islamofascists," or so they say.More »