Organizers of an Islamic conference in Illinois are scrambling to find a new venue after conservative bloggers and former Republican presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann started a campaign against the gathering.
As reported in Chicago’s Daily Herald, the organizers of the Khilafah Conference 2012, titled “Revolution: Liberation by Revelation — Muslims Marching Toward Victory,” were expecting roughly 1,000 attendees to hear speakers discuss topics such as the causes, motivations and reasons for revolutions; the revolution in Syria; and forms of governance such as an Islamic state, secular state, and democracy.
The group behind the conference is a worldwide political movement that calls for Muslims to return to an Islamic way of life and government in Muslim countries.
“The call is not to bring that here to this country or anything of that sort,” said one of the organizers. “The message is for Muslim countries to return to Islamic values.”
The conference didn’t sit well with conservative bloggers like Pamela Geller (Jihad Watch) and Robert Spencer (Atlas Shrugs). Last week Michelle Bachmann spoke at a conservative Political Action Conference and called on President Obama to “shut down” the conference because of possible terrorist ties.
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