Tune into Sean Hannity radio today at 5pm. I am scheduled to appear with Imam Saleem Shahbaz, who said:
In an interview with the Longview News Journal, Saleem Shahbaz, imam for the Islamic Center of Longview (TX) indicated he expected violence due to the “Draw Mohammed” event and justified the actions saying the response was ‘predictable’. Adding even more fuel to the fire, Shahbaz also is quoted as saying “This is a manufactured crisis,” he said. “We’re not talking about circumstances beyond our control, this is a case of deliberate provocation. And to what end? What’s been gained, and at what cost?”
The contest was deliberately provocative? No, murdering cartoonists is deliberately provocative.
Longview imam criticizes organizers of Garland event that led to shooting deaths
As authorities in Garland continued to seek answers behind two men who opened fire on an unarmed security officer Sunday night outside a provocative contest for cartoon depictions of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, a Longview religious leader said “we’re asking the wrong questions.”
Saleem Shahbaz, imam for the Islamic Center of Longview, said he first heard about the contest a few months back, and feared that precisely this type of incident might occur…..
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