The Rev. Jesse Jackson told hundreds of people gathered Sunday at the Michigan Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations banquet to fight for more than Islamic-centered issues, and would not address the shooting death of a Detroit imam.
"We didn't come to town to discuss the man who got killed," said Jackson, referring to Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah, 53, who was shot during an October FBI raid in Dearborn.
Jackson instead encouraged the crowd to fight also for health care, education and job security.
"Our quest as Americans is equal protection under the law; you can't just fight for Islamic issues," Jackson told guests at the 10th annual event, held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dearborn. "A room can't be saved if the house is on fire." (More)