Former U.S. Army Muslim chaplain James Yee, who was accused of espionage but later vindicated, will be in Houston Friday, part of his crusade to “urge the nation to find a balance between national security and safeguarding civil liberty. . .”

On Saturday, Yee will speak at the annual gala of the Houston Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a national civil rights advocacy group. The event will begin at 6:15 p.m. at The Westin Oaks hotel, 5011 Westheimer.

Tarek Hussein, president of the 2,000-member Houston chapter of Council on American-Islamic Relations, said he believes Yee’s presence in Houston will be educational.

“We would like people to learn from his experience and remember that a patriot like him could be abused just like too many Muslims were mistreated after 9/11,” Hussein said.

“We have seen the American commitment to religious freedom threatened and eroded. Chaplain Yee’s story tells us that it’s up to the determination of each citizen to defend our constitutional rights.”


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