Robert Morey stood before about 100 people Thursday at Riverside City College talking about Islam and how it treats women.

“Do not let it keep women from the right to vote and drive a car,” Morey said.

As the hour wore on, students became more upset as topics bounced from polygamy to child abuse and spousal abuse and how they related to Islam.

But as students rose to speak, Morey cautioned them not to say anything until each signed a waiver, saying he was making a movie about “American Jihad against Civil Rights.”

The event, called “Islamic Bewareness,” was held in a designated free-speech area. . .

Muslim students held up signs during the speeches that read “The Hijab does not Oppress Against Women,” “Stand Against Hatred” and “Islam is not the Enemy.” They urged listeners to learn about Islam in a counter event they had organized outside of the cafeteria, where members of RCC’s Muslim Student Association and others sat and listened to teachings from the Quran. . .

Thursday’s event at RCC worries the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a nonprofit advocacy group based in Washington, D.C.

“Islamophobia, the fear of Islam, which we fear is the root of events like this has unfortunately become an increasing concern in our society,” said Rabiah Ahmed, council spokeswoman. “It seems to be evolving into an accepted form of racism.”


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