Source: The Independant Press
On July 9, 2004 The Independant Press reported that, "thousands gather at a Muslim convention to polish their political skills – Bush policies criticized. The 29th annual convention of Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and Muslim American Society (MAS) concluded at the sprawling Cleveland Convention Center on Sunday, July 4. Usually ICNA-MAS doesn’t have a tradition of adopting a final declaration to wrap up their conventions, yet their message was clear and unambiguous for the American Muslims and other minority communities living in the United States: 'Know your rights and struggle to protect your freedom.' They also made their intent known to the country's political leadership, 'no more votes and support unless you back our agenda'... The theme of this year's convention was 'Preserving Morality and Freedom.' The three-day convention had a heavy agenda with more than 100 speakers in over 56 sessions. The Bush Administration remained the punching bag for speaker after speaker."