A radical Muslim political advocacy group has sparked controversy with its plans to hold a "Million Muslim March" on Washington, D.C., on the 12th anniversary of the 9/11. The gathering is intended to condemn the discrimination of Muslims following 9/11 and urge the U.S. government to reveal the "truth" about the attack.
The move has been blasted as "tasteless" given the significance of the date commemorating the worst domestic terror attack in American history.
The group behind the event, the American Muslim Political Action Committee (AMPAC), is led by M.D. Rabbi Alam, a self-proclaimed 9/11 truther who believes that Jews are somehow behind the plot. AMPAC is radical enough that the Huffington Post even labeled it a "fringe group."
Alam, who has reportedly associated with a radical Islamic cleric, is also a Missouri-based Democratic activist who chairs the National Democratic Party Asian American Caucus, the Washington Free Beacon reports. He ran -- unsuccessfully -- for Missouri's secretary of state in 2012.
Protesters in Washington will reportedly denounce "illegal tapping and surveilling of Muslim Americans," FBI "traps" and "media propaganda making the word terrorist synonymous with Muslim," event organizer Isa Hodge told US News & World Report last month.
In a press release Hodge also alleged that the U.S. government "either sits idly by and does nothing to protect our freedoms or it exacerbates the problem with its constant war on terrorism in Islamic countries, congressional hearings on Islam in America, and its changes to the [National Defense Authorization Act]."
Further, demonstrators will apparently demand the "truth" about 9/11. Hodge argues that the full record of the 9/11 Commission Report has never been released.
Not even the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism financing trial in U.S. history, is willing to attend the event due to AMPAC's radical beliefs about 9/11.
Despite promising to "bring USA together," the event, unsurprisingly, has had a hard time gaining support. Other than a few truther groups and one Pennsylvania Tea Party organization, the march has been widely rejected, according to HuffPost.
A Facebook page for the so-called "Million Muslim March" showed less than 10 people attending before it was taken down.