Bloomfield Hills church blasted for plans to host anti-Muslim 9/11 event

Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press

Michigan representatives are calling on a Bloomfield church — whose pastor has called himself an Islamophobe — to cancel an anti-Muslim event planned around this week's 9/11 anniversary.

Bloomfield Hills Baptist Church will host a two-day event called "9/11 forgotten? Is Michigan surrendering to Islam?" on Sept. 11-12. 

The Free Press was unable to reach Bloomfield Hills Baptist by email or phone, but the church's pastor, Donald McKay,told WJBK-TV last week that "Islam is a growing threat in the United States of America," and that while he doesn't speak for his church, "we don't hate Muslims, we hate the ideology they are identified with."

"I am an Islamophobe, I wear that badge proudly," McKaytold WJBK.

The church's event includes a Sept. 11 talk titled, "How the interfaith movement is sabotaging America and the church" and an address the following day called "How Islam is destroying America from within."

According to speaker Shahram Hadian's website, his Sept. 11 discussion will "expose the growing deception of interfaith dialogue" and "explain how interfaith 'dialogue' is compromising the Gospel & our national security." 

The event is "an attempt to assign blame for 9/11 to the entire Muslim community," said state Reps. Abdullah Hammoud, D-Dearborn, and Mari Manoogian, D-Birmingham, who denounced the church's decisions in a joint statement. 

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