The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) has announced that it is co-sponsoring the “Inaugural Conference on Islam in America” to be held at DePaul University in Chicago on Friday. According to the announcement:
Inaugural Conference on Islam in America to be held at DePaul University in Chicago 300 Scholars, Activists, Journalists, and members of the Inter-faith Community as well as Policy and Business Professionals Watch the conference live at: http://condor.depaul.edu/mptvideo/DPC8005/DPC8005.html. Friday-Saturday, Sept. 23 – 24, 2011 (a full schedule is available on the Conference website) DePaul University Conference Center in the Chicago Loop 8th Floor on Corner of Jackson and State For a list of the Conference Community, please see our website. The Conference on Islam in America is grateful for the support of our cosponsors: The Muslim Public Affairs Council, The American Academy of Religion, The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, DePaul University, Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, George Mason University’s Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies, Catholic Theological Union, The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, and Religion and Politics: An Organization of the American Political Science Association .
MPAC as well as most of the sponsors of the conference have ties to the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood including the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, George Mason University, and the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago.
MPAC, headquartered in Southern California, was established initially in 1986 as the Political Action Committee of the Islamic Center of Southern California whose key leaders likely had their origins in the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. Since that time, MPAC has functioned as the political lobbying arm of the U.S. Brotherhood. MPAC has opposed virtually every count-terror initiative undertaken or proposed by the U.S. government. At times this opposition was said to be on civil-rights grounds but, just as often, MPAC claimed that U.S. counter-terror efforts were aimed at the U.S. Muslim community itself. MPAC has consistently supported and facilitated terrorism by supporting terrorist organizations and, more broadly, constructing an elaborate ideology defending the use of violence by Islamists and Islamist organizations. More than any other U.S. Muslim Brotherhood organization, MPAC has developed extensive relationships with the U.S. government which have included numerous meetings with the Department of Justice and the FBI.
The conference program can be found here.