Muslims Gather in Philadelphia to Voice Concerns

July 6, 2003

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

On July 6, 2003 the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that "fifteen thousand members of two major Muslim organizations have gathered this weekend for the first time in Philadelphia, where the U.S. Constitution was written, partly to voice their alarm that rights set forth in that document are under siege... This meeting, which ends today at the Convention Center, included sessions on home-schooling, as well as a display of a 1,500-pound Koran, billed as the world's largest, and a quiz competition for teenagers to test their knowledge of Islam... The convention, an annual event that brings together the Islamic Circle of North America and the Muslim American Society, mainly has highlighted the experiences of Arab and Muslim immigrants since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the passage of the USA Patriot Act in their aftermath."