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New York Prof to Participate in MOA Event

According to a local newspaper report, Diane O’Heron, a professor at Broome Community College in Binghamton, N.Y., is scheduled to speak after a parade there this Saturday in celebration of Muhammad’s birthday.
The paper mentions the group sponsoring this downtown public celebration, Muslims of the Americas, but avoids the group’s controversial nature. The Anti-Defamation League has followed the organization and has this to say:

The group’s Web site and e-mails have featured writings by notorious anti-Semites and Holocaust deniers, including Michael Hoffman and former Klansman David Duke. . . . The available evidence strongly suggests that MOA has served as a corporate front for another group [with the same founder], the terrorist organization Al-Fuqra, which has committed firebombings and murders on U.S. soil.

What motivates O’Heron and her fellow speakers to join in these suspect festivities? Will other academics or campus groups participate? If so, are they, and O’Heron, aware of the MOA’s dubious pedigree? The answers to these questions are not yet apparent.
Hat tip: Northeast Intelligence Network

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