MIM: The Islamic Circle of North America Philadelphia Representative Iqbal Barqai and a member of the Majlis Al Shura Council, Imam Isa Abdulmateen fueled the protests in front of the Inquirer, emboldened by the dhimmitude of editor Amanda Bennett who came out to talk with protesters and praised them for exercising "their right to free speech" while justifying her newspaper's decision to do the same. The Inquirer editors did not see fit to mention a direct threat to their paper made by none other then the state representative of ICNA, who was quoted in the Christian Science Monitor who stated that:
"Muslims are very angry- the offices of the Inquirer could be attacked"
For his part, Imam Abdulmateen who was given space in the Inquirer whose mea culpea to Muslims included giving publicity to Islamists, made it clear that the cartoon protests were really about intimidation and having Islam determine the social agenda . He brazenly ended his piece with this exhortation : "We invite you to accept Islam and become Muslims as thousands of Europeans and Americans have already done". (see ltext below)
No response from the Inquirer editorial staff to the Muslim free speech exercise which resulted in threats to attack their paper and the demand they convert to Islam appeared in the paper.
Muslims protest outside the offices of the Philadelphia Inquirer Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006, in Philadelphia. The protest was over the newspaper's decision to reprint a cartoon of the Prophet
Submitted by icnacom on Sat, 2006-02-11 23:26. CollegevilleDars | ISGVF | NorthPennMosque
Praise be to Allah! The demonstration in Philadelphia was successful.
500 to 600 demonstrators turned up and participated in an orderly but strong protest against reprinting of the cartoons disrespecting Prophet Mohammad Peace be upon him.
Many members of the press were interviewing the muslims.
Many brochures and flyers were distributed to the passers-by introducing them to the Prophet of Islam and his message.
Prominent speakers from the muslim organizations made speeches at the occasion explaining the position of Muslims on this issue and demanding an apology from the Philadelphia Inquirer.
MIM: PI Editor Amanda Bennett's abject dhimmitude in the wake of Muslim anger about the publication of a Mohammed cartoon has fueled the protests. Had she not gone out together with director Carl Lavin to justify the paper's right to free speech, while applauding the way they used theirs the demonstrations which began with 30 people might have dissapated. Instead, the Islamofacist thugs have been whipped up by CAIR and ICNA and their are reportedy 'hundreds of Muslims laying siege to the PI building.
The radical Imam Abdulmateen has called upon the staff of the Inquirer to convert to Islam after publishing a Mohammed cartoon. The same Abdulmateen wrote a commentary two weeks ago and falsely claimed that the police department beard policy had been written "by Christian white men" who wanted to keep Muslims, blacks and women out of the policy department. It was only MIM which called him on his comments, but the director's letter to the paper was not published.
Posted on Tue, Feb. 14, 2006