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Oak Brook hotel backs out on Muslim group's conference
The controversial American arm of an international Islamic group has been bounced from the Marriott in Oak Brook, where organizers were set to host the group's second annual conference this Sunday.
Organizers of Hizb ut-Tahrir, Muslim activists who publicly advocate peaceful government reform, hope to find another venue for their meeting before the end of July.
Critics believe the conference, dedicated to reviving the prevailing system of rule that immediately followed the death of the Prophet Muhammad, is an effort to turn American Muslims against the U.S. government.
"We're not attacking or bringing anybody down or humiliating," said Ayman Hamed, a conference organizer who lives in Chicago Ridge. "It's just not about that. We're talking about Islam the way it should be understood."
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