Adam Kredo reports at Free Beacon.com:
Muslim leaders from across America will gather in Texas this weekend to hold the annual Stand With the Prophet in Honor and Respect conference, a weekend forum that is being billed as a "movement to defend Prophet Muhammad, his person, and his message," according to event information.
The Saturday event, which seeks to combat "Islamophobes in America" who have turned the Islamic Prophet Muhammad "into an object of hate," according to organizers, comes just a week after radicalized Islamists in France killed 17 people.
The victims died in events that began with the shooting attack on French newspaper Charlie Hebdo for its satirical cartoons that skewered the prophet.
"'Organizers of the event place the blame for Islam’s bad reputation on the media and so-called American Islamophobes who have "invested at least $160 million dollars to attack our Prophet and Islam,' according to the conference web page," Free Beacon reports.
Among the keynote speakers will be "Georgetown University professor John Esposito, founding director of the school’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, which has come under fire for, among other things, hosting 9/11 Truthers and a member of Egypt’s Nazi Party," according to the Free Beacon.
"Also scheduled to attend the forum is controversial New York-based Imam Siraj Wahhaj, who was an 'unindicted co-conspirator' in the 1993 World Trade Center bombings trial. Wahhaj has called the FBI and CIA the “real terrorists” and expressed a desire for all Americans to become Muslim, according to the New York Post," Free Beacon reports.
"I think I'll pass," states Rick Moran, blog editor at American Thinker.
"When 'defaming the prophet' can mean just about anything," Muslims are "going to be very busy getting outraged over 'Islamaphobes' who make jokes about Mohammed, or put his image on a toilet seat, or perhaps simply speak about him without the reverence and worship of some Muslims," Moran states. "For any of those transgressions, you can lose your head."
Conference speakers "may condemn ISIS but what will be said about the Paris terrorist attacks?," Moran asks. "Given the tone of the conference, it wouldn't surprise me if the terrorists weren't excused of their murders and perhaps justify their actions with weasel words about Islam being a 'religion of peace.'
"It's become SOP for these 'good Muslims' to dance around the terrorist question and not face the fact that many in their midst turn their outrage at insults to the prophet into murderous intent," Moran concludes.
The conference "is being backed by several Muslim groups, including SoundVision, an Illinois-based website that provides advice and products to Muslims; RadioIslam, an AM radio station based in Chicago; and MuslimFest," Free Beacon reports.
The event will be held at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas, which is located in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metro area.
Curiously, the event is not called "Stand with the Prophet" on the Curtis Culwell Center website. You will only find the words "Sound Vision Foundation, Inc." If you didn't know better, you might think it's a conference for eye doctors.