Dems Cancel Support of Jumah at the DNC
At the last minute, the Democratic National Convention Host Committee removed "Jumah at the DNC” from its official calendar of events. As of 5:30 p.m.Thursay, August 30, the event was still listed on the DNC website, but by 6:30 p.m., it had vanished from the site, just one day before the event was to happen.
"Jumah” is the Islamic group prayer held on Fridays.
A senior Host Committee official told NBC news on Friday, "Upon further review, and because speakers for the event and statements and positions from event organizers were not appropriate and relevant to the Host Committee, Charlotte in 2012 has decided to remove the event from our events calendar."
The event was organized by the Bureau of Indigenous Muslim Affairs (BIMA) and included controversial radical and anti-American Islamists, who bristled at the cancellation.
"This is about caving in to fear and ignorance," said Jibril Hough, a spokesman for BIMA. Hough is known for his opinion that Muslims were in America even before it was discovered by Christopher Columbus. According to local news reports, Hough is still on the official welcoming committee for the convention. (...)