Hartford, CT City Council calls off ISLAMIC INVOCATION after barrage of complaints

The question should be why did they schedule an Islamic indoctrination, er, I mean invocation in the first place?

COURANT The executive director of the Terrorist Front Group Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Connecticut said Friday that the city council has called off its pre-meeting prayer Monday, which was to be an Islamic invocation.

Mongi Dhaouadi said he received a call from Council President rJo Winch Friday saying that there would be no prayer, but that the council would instead hold an “interfaith moment of silence.” The meeting falls two days after the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The council was inundated with phone calls and e-mails from angry residents after announcing this week that it had invited an imam to give the opening prayer. At a press conference Wednesday, Winch said she was saddened by the responses, some of which she characterized as “racist views of hatred.”

“She described those calls and e-mails as being hateful and irrational, and yet she’s caving in to those pressures,” Dhaouadi said. “We’re extremely disappointed.”.

MyRecordJournal Winch, a Democrat, showed e-mails she said she received that criticized Hartford officials as ignorant and as failing to separate religious activities from city council meetings. She didn’t publicly identify the senders of the messages.

“You’re a sick individual,” one e-mail said. “You should be ashamed of yourself.”

Another correspondent criticized Hartford for ignoring the influx of Muslims into Europe, where there have been culture clashes, violent street protests and heated debates over issues such as Muslim head scarves.

“Haven’t you read how they’re now behaving in Europe?” the e-mail asked.

Kashif Abdul-Karim, resident imam for the Muhammad Islamic Center of Greater Hartford, who was invited to lead Monday’s prayer, said he and leaders of other faiths were dismayed at the announcement.”This is a defamation of our character,” he said.

Dhaouadi said canceling the Islamic invocation gives the perception that Muslims in Connecticut were connected to the events of Sept. 11, 2001. (Well, duh!)

The Connecticut chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations will hold a prayer vigil Monday on the steps of city hall to protest the city council’s decision to call off its pre-meeting prayer, which was to be an Islamic invocation