Texas ranch hosts conference on radical-Islam threat
'Learn the truth' from Robert Spencer, Frank Gaffney, David Schippers, others
November 16, 2007
A Dallas-area ranch will be the site of a conference featuring leading experts on the threat of radical Islam, including Robert Spencer and Frank Gaffney.
Open to anyone who wants to "learn the truth," "Exposing the Threat of Radical Islamist Terrorism" is part of a continuing series organized by America's Truth Forum, which provides registration details on its website.
The event is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 2, at Ranch of the Lonesome Dove in Southlake, Texas, which is minutes from the Dallas-Fort Worth airport. A VIP dinner and cocktail reception Friday night, Feb. 1, will precede the conference.
Jeffrey Epstein, president of America's Truth Forum, said the conference is necessary because Americans are not getting the full story about the threat they face.
"We can no longer afford to keep our heads in the sand," he said. "If you care about this country and the future of your children, and you don't want to see them living under Islamic law, then you need to come to this event."
Along with citizens who want to be informed, the event will be attended by law enforcement officials and first responders – including from Canada – who will have the opportunity to interact and exchange ideas.
Other speakers at the Saturday symposium include David Schippers – the former federal prosecutor and 1998 impeachment chief counsel who investigated the Oklahoma City bombing, professor and FBI adviser Harvey Kushner, former CIA counter-terrorism agent Bruce Tefft and internationally known critic Wafa Sultan.
Their subjects will be:
Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch, best-selling author and expert on radical Islam: "Sharia Law and the West," examining why the U.S. ignores the encroachment of Islamic law on Western civilization at its own peril.
Frank Gaffney, founder, president of Center for Security Policy: "The Infiltration of Middle Eastern Influence into Washington, D.C., Institutions."
Harvey Kushner, chairman of Criminal Justice Department of Long Island University, best-selling author, adviser to the FBI and FAA: "Radical Islam's Infiltration of America."
David Schippers, former chief investigative counsel for the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, author and noted counter-terrorism expert, will address a subject to be announced.
Wafa Sultan, Syrian-American psychologist and internationally known critic of militant Islam: "America's Need to Be Educated About Islam," explaining why tough questions should be posed to Muslims about Islamic teachings; the need to monitor the Saudi money trail into American universities, mosques and maddrassas; and the need to effectively infiltrate Muslim communities to monitor and investigate radicalization.
Bruce Tefft, founding member of CIA's Counterterrorism Task Force: "The Islamist Ideological Conflict – Loyalty to Country vs. Loyalty to Religion," looking at complex issues surrounding Islam's ability to assimilate into host nations.
Spencer is the author of critically acclaimed books on Islam, including "Religion of Peace?: Why Christianity Is and Islam Isn't," "The Truth About Muhammad: Founder of the World's Most Intolerant Religion" and "The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades)."
Sultan seized attention worldwide in February 2006 when her electrifying interview on Al-Jazeera television spread across the Internet through a video clip produced by the Middle East Media Research Institute.
Named last year to Time Magazine's list of 100 influential people in the world, Sultan spoke with WND after addressing last years' America's Truth symposium in Las Vegas. She said she understood Bush's position as president and his need to be diplomatic, but insisted, nevertheless, his words have been "empowering" to Muslim leaders whose ultimate aim is for Islamic law to govern the world.
America's Truth Forum had planned a symposium this fall to be held in Dearborn, Mich., but the event had to be canceled after a last-minute complication with the venue.
Epstein suspects it was the result of "pressure applied on the location's management by special interest groups prone to supporting the advancement of Islam in the United States."
Also, America's Truth Forum invited leaders from the "pro-Islamist community" to engage in a discussion panel, but none responded.
The leaders included Siraj Wahhaj, imam of Al-Taqwa mosque in Brooklyn, N.Y.; Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations; Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations; Malik Shabazz, Muslim spokesman for the New Black Panther Party; Jamal Badawi, professor at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia; Akbar S. Ahmed, professor of International Relations at American University in Washington, D.C.; and Omid Safi, associate professor of Islamic Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
"Not one of these Muslim leaders, who incessantly complain that there is no dialogue on the issue of Islam in America and the West, chose to take the dais in an effort to engage in an intellectual discussion," Epstein said.