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The organizer of a Connecticut symposium addressing the threat of Islamic terrorism to the U.S. has run into resistance from the media, politicians and even a bank.
Jeff Epstein, who is working to stage the conference “The Radical Islamist Threat to World Peace and National Security,” is determined to continue to get the word out about the Sept. 21 event, despite roadblocks that have been thrown in his path.
The event is sponsored by the People’s Truth Forum.
“This symposium will delve into the minds of those who use terror as a tool,” Epstein said in a statement. “It will paint a profile of those who would slaughter innocents, and it will educate both professional and average citizen on how terrorism threatens our way of life today.
“Na?ve ideologues contend that Islamic ‘freedom fighters’ are lashing out at the West – and especially Americans – because of the provocative nature of Western life and/or the Western presence in Islamic states. To hold these short-sighted contentions is to be blind to the truth either through ignorance or deliberate oversight.”
Epstein blames resistance to the conference on political correctness gone dangerously mad.
“This is no time to embrace apathy or political correctness,” he emphasized, “not when confronting the alarming prospect that thousands of radical Islamists are committed to bringing death and destruction to millions of innocents on our soil.”
As WND reported, last month CBS/Infinity Radio refused to air paid commercial announcements for the conference, claiming “people might be too emotionally affected” by it.
The official statement from CBS/Infinity Radio said, “Too many people might be emotionally affected by the subject matter. … It’s too controversial to be aired at this time.”
Besides the snub by CBS/Infinity Radio, Epstein cites what he considers to be other incidents of bias by the media. He notes BBC has stopped referring to Muslim terrorists as Islamists, even those suspected in the July 7 bombings in London.
“Not to be outdone,” Epstein said, “the New York Times reclassified Abu Musab Zarqawi as a ‘Jordanian fighter.'”
Epstein says he has contacted politicians of both parties seeking endorsements and video clips to be played at the Plantsville, Conn., event, with mixed results.
While some have been responsive, such as Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., – who Epstein says will attend the conference, schedule permitting – others have been less than cooperative.
The event organizer says the staff of Sen. Hillary Clinton, told him the senator could not attend the conference and that she was “just far too busy” to provide a video greeting – action Epstein says was “not in keeping with her rhetoric pertaining to support for the war on terror.”
Epstein notes resistance to the conference has even come from the banking community.
He reports a Connecticut bank manager denied People’s Truth Forum’s request to open a checking account for the symposium. The banker reportedly feared the media would identify his institution as being supportive of the organization’s mission and conference.
Epstein insists the event is non-partisan and non-political, and focuses instead on how Americans can prepare for and counter terrorism on U.S. soil. While citizens are told to be “vigilant,” Epstein says no one has ever told the American people what it is they should be looking and listening for. The symposium is meant to help fill that knowledge gap.
Said Epstein: “At the symposium, Dr. Harvey Kushner will present vital information outlining how radical Islamists have succeeded in their quest to infiltrate our political, educational, religious and penal institutions – facts which were previously maintained as ‘privy’ to selected law enforcement agencies. Brigitte Gabriel, Laura Mansfield and Robert Spencer will contribute substantially to the program by sharing their own personal experiences and professional expertise. In fact, the entire program will be fact-based, non-partisan, provocative and educational.”
The activist quotes a Muslim foreigner who recently spokes to one of Epstein’s associates. The man responded to the question of whether or not Muslims in the U.S. can be trusted:
“They are taught to be great neighbors and obey the laws of the countries in which they reside until they are called up,” the man is quoted as saying. “Then, they will slice your throats as easily as they came to your barbeques.”
WorldNetDaily founder and CEO Joseph Farah expressed support for the event.
“This symposium is a much-needed wake-up call for those who are still blind to the imminent threat of radical Islamic terror hanging over our nation,” Farah said. “I commend the event to law enforcement personnel, first responders and concerned Americans who want to take action to protect themselves and their families.”
Epstein encouraged Americans to support the symposium by purchasing tickets and attending:
“It is important that as many American citizens as possible expose themselves to the cold, hard facts, truths that CBS and the rest of the mainstream media continues to ‘save us from.’
“We are at war. Your life – and the lives of the ones you love – may depend on what you know. Don’t let the opportunity to educate yourself on the specifics of the very dangerous threat we are faced with today pass you by. Don’t let apathy take place of vigilance.”
The deadline for making reservations has been extended to Friday, Epstein says, to accommodate people making out-of-state travel arrangements and law enforcement personnel applying for expense reimbursement.