Update: Islamic Center Fosters Understanding After Polling Controversy

November 25, 2005

Source: The Morning Call


On November 25, 2005 The Morning Call reported, "A number of people with misconceptions about the Islamic Center of the Lehigh Valley complained about voting on Nov. 8 at a Whitehall Township mosque.... On Monday, the Muslim Association of the Lehigh Valley [who run the mosque] and the Islamic advocacy group Council on American Islamic Relations in Washington, D.C., held a news conference at the Whitehall facility to dispel misconceptions. The center has no involvement in Iraq, said Mohamed Bugaighis, a trustee for the Muslim Association. Added association President Mohammad Bajwa, 'We have stood strongly against terrorism.' Representatives of some community organizations also attended the gathering Monday, to speak on behalf of the Muslim Association's role as a good neighbor in the community, including the Rev. Christine Nelson, executive director of the Lehigh County Conference of Churches. Representatives from the Sixth Street Shelter in Allentown and KidsPeace spoke of the Islamic center's unsolicited contributions. Looking ahead, the Muslim Association is considering an information booth at Lehigh Valley Mall, a billboard, and presentations on Islam in area churches. Election day showed there still is a surprising amount of misunderstanding and a serious need for enlightenment."