Council on American-Islamic Relations - The Council on American-Islamic Relations is calling on the South Dakota Department of Public Safety to drop its endorsement of a national security conference featuring Walid Shoebat, a notorious Islamophobe who claims "Islam is the devil" and that President Obama is a Muslim.
CAIR said the DPS's continued sponsorship of the 2nd Annual South Dakota Homeland Security Conference to be held next week in Rapid City, S.D., would send the message that the department endorses Shoebat's anti-Muslim views.
"South Dakota taxpayers need to know whether their hard-earned dollars are helping to fund a conference that will offer anti-Muslim hate and stereotyping to law enforcement and security personnel," wrote CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper in a letter sent yesterday to DPS Secretary Trevor Jones.
Hooper said Shoebat is scheduled to offer a keynote address May 11 about "Jihad in America" and will lecture conference attendees on "basic Islam theology."
Shoebat once told a Missouri newspaper that he sees "many parallels between the Antichrist and Islam" and "Islam is not the religion of God -- Islam is the devil."
In a Youtube video, Shoebat said, "If Islam is not playing the major role in Antichrist spirit, why do you think the devil wants to appoint somebody connected to Islam in the White House?" He told radio host G. Gordon Liddy, "No one is called Hussein unless he is Muslim. So it is very clear that Barack Hussein Obama is definitely a Muslim."
According to an official who attended a similar Shoebat lecture at a conference in Las Vegas, the solution he offered for the threat of "militant Muslims" was to "Kill them ... including the children."