2011-06-05 Holland Sentinel Educational forum on Islam to enlighten community

Educational forum on Islam to enlighten community
BY LISA ERMAK
The Holland Sentinel

Holland, MI —

UPDATE: An error appeared in the print editon of The Sentinel. This event is free.

An educational presentation by Imam Muaz Redzic of the Bosnian Cultural Center of Grand Rapids will kick off the Many Faces: A Community Forum on Islam with a discussion on topics such as jihad, women’s rights and the myth surrounding the 72 virgins in heaven.

Three event highlights
1 An educational presentation by Imam Muaz Redzic of the Bosnian Cultural Center of Grand Rapids will kick off the Many Faces: A Community Forum on Islam with a discussion on topics such as jihad, women’s rights and the myth surrounding the 72 virgins in heaven.

2 Rachel Haller, of the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance, said there will be a screening of the short film, “A Land Called Paradise,” which dispels many Muslim stereotypes. Some clips from PBS that focus on the congressional hearings of Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., on Islamic terrorism also will be viewed.

3 A community panel of local Muslims will speak about their experiences and field questions from the audience for about an hour before Hope College Associate Provost Alfredo Gonzales closes the forum.

Why you should attend
“We’re hoping the night will bring a better understanding to a religion we hear a lot about but many of us may not understand fully. The mission of the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance is to ensure all people have equal access and opportunities. We’re taking the opportunity to talk about the discrimination going on and scapegoating, so we’re not broad-brushing entire populations of people.”

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