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Music City USA hosts clashing views of Islam
Two events held within a week of each other in one of America's heartland cities illustrate the sharp divide over perceptions of Islam's role in the nation.
Last Friday, an Assemblies of God church in suburban Nashville stepped up to host a conference warning of the encroachment of Islamic law on Western Civilization after the event's contract with a downtown hotel was canceled because the management feared Muslim protesters might react violently to the speakers.
Meanwhile, a Methodist church across town is hosting an interfaith dialogue tonight featuring a founder and current leader of a prominent national Islamic organization that has enjoyed cache with the federal government, including the White House. The group's critics, however, point out it was named by the Justice Department as an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terror-financing case in American history.
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