BLOOMFIELD HILLS – U.S. Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) and Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Township) have issued a joint statement condemning two anti-Muslim events that are planned to take place at the Bloomfield Hills Baptist Church on Wednesday and Thursday.
One event, named “9/11 Forgotten,” will host a talk by Pastor and former Muslim Shahram Hadian and is set to be held on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
Bloomfield Hills Baptist Church’s Pastor Donald McKay is known for his openly Islamophobic views and has told media that he thinks Muslims are committed to overthrowing the United States and seek world domination.
“There is no place for hate in Metro Detroit, in Michigan or anywhere in the United States,” the statement by Dingell and Levin said. “We implore the Bloomfield Hills Baptist Church to forgo the anti-Muslim events planned for next week and instead recognize America’s rich cultural and religious diversity as we reflect on one of the most painful days in our country’s history and heal from recent acts of white supremacist violence.
“As people of faith, we ask Michiganders to unify in peace and celebrate our shared humanity to help prevent future acts of hatred,” the statement added.
Hadian, for his part, claims he came to the U.S. at the age of 7, escaping a repressive Islamic revolution in Iran.
The website for his organization, “The Truth In Love Project”, states Wednesday’s event will focus on “how the interfaith movement is sabotaging America and the church.” It also proposes to “blow the lid of the lie” that Islam is an Abrahamic faith.
Hadian was a Republican candidate for Washington state governorship in 2012.
Michigan Reps. Abdullah Hammoud (D-Dearborn) and Mari Manoogian (D-Birmingham) also issued a joint statement ahead of the events.
“Our communities should be outraged by these scheduled toxic and bigoted events,” it said. “With the rise of mass shootings by White domestic terrorists targeting those they deem ‘other’ we are deeply disturbed that a place of worship would host an event that continues to fan the flames of hate and intolerance.
“Religious institutions should strive to be welcoming centers for all. We strongly encourage Bloomfield Hills Baptist Church to reconsider hosting these events and instead seek opportunities to foster a positive dialogue within the community.”