Story by WLS Editor Matt Lo Cascio
The American Muslim Political Action Committee (AMPAC) is planning a "Million Muslim March" in Washington, D.C., and the group is being criticized for the date they've selected to run the event: September 11.
An AMPAC press releaase states the goal of the march, which they plan to make an annual event.
"One million Muslims will march to Washington D.C. and demand that our civil rights be protected by our government. We are demanding that laws be enacted protecting our 1st amendment. We are asking President Obama to fulfill his promise from his first campaign for presidency of a transparent government. Lastly we are asking for the release of the 9/11 commission report to the American people."
AMPAC founder MD Rabbi Alam appeared on the Sean Hannity show on Fox News last night to explain why they chose September 11 for their event.
"We are standing this day to show America that we Muslims, we denounce terrorism and we want to stand with the solidarity denouncing that horrific effect," Alam said.
Another panelist on the show, ACT! for America president Brigitte Gabriel, said that is a much different goal than what was stated in AMPAC's press release. "That statement is crying victimhood, 'We are the victims'. That is exactly what they are trying to do.
"We are the ones who are victims here, the Americans, we are offended that people like them [AMPAC] have not stood up yet and condemned radical Islam," Gabriel said.
But in a different press release on the AMPAC website, Alam does mention a goal of standing united with all Americans.
"We American Muslims reject violence and terrorism and defend the Constitutional rights of all Americans," Alam said. "Every year on September 11th, beginning in 2013, we will be marching in Washington DC as we build toward our goal of bringing one million American Muslims to march in our nation's capital."