Source: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram
On June 4, 2002 The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that "the small gains in Muslim civic participation made during the summer of 2000 were all but erased by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Now, Muslims are trying to exercise their rights as Americans in an atmosphere of fear and confusion... [American Muslims] want politicians to understand why issues such as civil liberties, Social Security and the creation of a Palestinian state are important to them... They plan to drive the message home... during the Arab and Muslim Ballot Box Barbeque at Texas Stadium in Irving. Candidates for congressional and state elections will attend the event... Muslims can also learn about candidates' campaigns while letting the politicians know their concerns."