U.S. and state representatives called on a Bloomfield, Michigan, church – whose pastor has called himself an Islamophobe – to cancel an anti-Muslim event planned around this week’s 9/11 anniversary.
Bloomfield Hills Baptist Church will host a two-day event called “9/11 forgotten? Is Michigan surrendering to Islam?” on Sept. 11-12.
The Free Press was unable to reach Bloomfield Hills Baptist by email or phone. The church’s pastor, Donald McKay, told Fox 2 last week that “Islam is a growing threat in the United States of America,” and that although he doesn’t speak for his church, “we don’t hate Muslims, we hate the ideology they are identified with.”
“I am an Islamophobe, I wear that badge proudly,” McKay told Fox 2.
The church’s event includes a Sept. 11 talk titled “How the interfaith movement is sabotaging America and the church” and an address the following day called “How Islam is destroying America from within.”
According to speaker Shahram Hadian’s website, his Sept. 11 discussion will “expose the growing deception of interfaith dialogue” and “explain how interfaith ‘dialogue’ is compromising the Gospel & our national security.”
Though Fox 2 reported that the Metropolitan Detroit Freedom Coalition organized the event at the church, the coalition told the Free Press it was not involved in the event planning.
The organization supports the discussion but said it was planned by a group called the Detroit Coalition for Freedom. The Free Press could not find contacts for or information about the Detroit Coalition for Freedom online.
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SOURCE: USA Today; Detroit Free Press, Emma Keith