UPDATE: More News Released from Muslim Conference Held in Manchester

Jun 06, 2013 at 06:26 am by bryan

We have even more news about a recent conference held in nearby Manchester about American relations with American Muslims living in Middle Tennessee. 
U.S. Attorney Bill Killian was greeted with shouts of “traitor,” “serpent,” and calls to “resign” or “go home” Tuesday night at an event in Manchester, TN billed as a discussion of public discourse in a diverse society, with a particular focus on the Muslim religion. There were many people that attempted to calm the crowd and allow the speakers to be heard, despite their own personal opposition.

Killian and Kenneth Moore, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Knoxville office, were featured speakers before a hostile crowd of well over 700 at the “Public Disclosure in a Diverse Society” event at the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center. Despite the noisy crowd, Killian began a dry delivery of information about hate crimes, civil rights and the federal laws that prescribe violations and penalties.


Agent Moore’s comments referenced recent news coverage that suggested the Federal government would consider some inflammatory materials against Muslims as a violation of civil rights, including materials posted on social media.

Near the end of the presentation, an American-born, Muslim woman talked about the 2007 arson of a mosque in Columbia, Tennessee, to show the impact of hate crimes.

As the event happened inside, hundreds of people stood outside angry because they were not allowed in. Some of the people even started calling local police officers inappropriate names.

The event was sponsored by the American Muslim Advisory Council of Tennessee, which was formed two years ago when state lawmakers were considering legislation that would ban Sharia, the law followed by devout Muslims.

After attending the meeting on Tuesday night Coffee County Mayor David Pennington made a comment on WMSR Radio Wednesday morning. Pennington said that he felt like that people were not angry towards Muslims but feel like Christians are being left out about what they believe in.

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