The Washington, D.C.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations is calling an Air Force Academy lecture on terrorism today a broadside on the Islamic faith, based on past comments of its speakers.
The 50th annual Academy Assembly, which began Tuesday and concludes Friday, will include “reformed terrorists” Zachariah Anani, Walid Shoebat and Kamal Saleem among its roster of speakers.
The theme of the assembly for undergraduates is “Dismantling Terrorism: Developing Actionable Solutions for Today’s Plague of Violence.”
Based on the three speakers’ past criticism of the Islamic faith, CAIR asked Tuesday that the Academy offer a broader slate of speakers about Islam.
The program as it stands “sends an entirely negative message to the Muslim-American community in Colorado and across the country. . . ,” said CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper.
Major Brett Ashworth, spokesman for the Air Force Academy, said religion is not the subject of the speech.
“These individuals are going to speak about their experiences with terrorism, not Islam,” he said.