In an effort to shed some light and promote facts, not fear, a coalition of organizations are hosting a free, open-to-the-public event at the Newseum entitled: "What is the truth about Islam in America: Everything you've always wanted to know - but were afraid to ask"
The event will be streamed live on the "My Fellow American" website, a new social media project designed to share stories via YouTube about American Muslims.
The Newseum (pictured)â the US Capitol's 250,000-square-foot museum of news â is a one-of-a-kind museum, offering visitors an experience that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits in its seven levels of galleries.
The Religious Freedom Education Project at the Newseum is hosting the event in conjunction with four other organizations: the Unity Productions Foundation, the Wesley Theological Seminary, the Institute for Faith and Politicsm and the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding.
Among the questions to be addressed are: How many American Muslims support terrorism, and what are the rest doing to stop it? Do Muslims want to impose sharia in America, and is sharia compatible with the U.S. Constitution?
Rarely, if ever, do Americans get an opportunity to hear answrs to these questions from Muslims or qualified experts.
Panelists include: â¢ Haroon Mogul, Columbia University, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding
â¢Rabbi Marc Schneier, Foundation for Ethnic Understanding
â¢Melissa Rogers, Center for Religion and Public Affairs, Wake Forest University
â¢Asma Uddin, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding Charles C. Haynes, director of the Religious Freedom Education Project at the Newseum, will moderate.
"Panel Discussion: What is the Truth About Islam and Muslims in America?" Newseum January 13, 2012
Daniel Tutt, "Islam in America: Everything You've Always Wanted to Know -- But Were Afraid to Ask" Huffington Post January 13, 2012
Reproduced with permission from Islam Today