Oklahoma Muslim leader attends seminar despite ban

The leader of a Muslim advocacy group in Oklahoma is attending a law enforcement seminar at the state Capitol despite attempts by organizers to ban him.

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: November 1, 2013
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The leader of a Muslim advocacy group in Oklahoma is attending a law enforcement seminar at the state Capitol despite attempts by organizers to ban him.

Adam Soltani, director of the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, initially was told he could not register for Friday's seminar entitled, “Iran, Hezbollah and the Drug Cartels: Counterterrorism Considerations.” Soltani says he's concerned some of the speakers at the event have a history of anti-Muslim rhetoric.

The event was held in the House of Representatives' chamber and sponsored by the House's Counterterrorism Caucus. Some event organizers stood watch at entrances to the chamber and questioned those attempting to go inside, but they didn't stop Soltani from entering.

Among the speakers are Frank Gaffney, founder of the Center for Security Policy.



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