US Muslim and Interfaith Organizations Hold Press Conference on "Faith and Free Speech"

February 6, 2006

Source: Muslim American Society (MAS) press release

On February 6, 2006 a Muslim American Society (MAS) press release reported, "Today at the National Press Club, the Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation hosted a press conference on 'Faith and Free Speech', addressing the issue of cartoons defaming Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), which also depict him as a terrorist.

The press conference was covered by a host of media outlets, including C-SPAN.

Participating in the press conference were: Esam Omeish, President of Muslim American Society; Mahdi Bray, Executive Director of MAS Freedom Foundation; Reverend Robert Maddox, of the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington; Deedra Abboud, MAS Freedom Arizona Director; Don Parker, Interfaith Alliance Press Secretary; and Ahmed Younis, Muslim Public Affairs National Director.

Statements were also read on behalf of Sir Sigmund Sternberg, Co-Founder of Three Faith Forum (UK) and Sir Iqbal Sacranie, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain.

MAS Freedom has announced a major campaign addressing religious defamation that will include massive reprints of a USA Today Questions and Answers brochure on Muslims, a pamphlet on the life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), a joint publication between American and European religious organizations on religious defamation and participation in an interfaith forum in Denmark."