IAMC Calls off Protest as Church Revokes Permission to Hold Ritambhara Event

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“We commend the church officials for taking the right decision by not allowing its space to be used to platform an extremist leader who is well known for anti-Christian and anti-Muslim hate and bigotry in India,” said a founding member of the IAMC.

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RIDGEWOOD, NJ – The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC) called off its protest against an event featuring Hindu extremist leader Ritambhara after the venue owners revoked permission given to the organisers.

Minister Rev. Rob Miller of the Old Paramus Reformed Church in Ridgewood (New Jersey), the venue for the event, confirmed that he has rescinded the approval given to organisers to host the event that featured Ritambhara as a key speaker.

On Friday, members of the IAMC New Jersey chapter held a meeting with church officials to educate them about the speaker’s background and her role in inciting violence against religious minorities and whipping up the communal frenzy in India.

Later, the IAMC, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) New Jersey chapter, the American Muslims for Democracy (AMD), and the Hindus for Human Rights (HfHR) sent a joint letter to Ridgewood Mayor, Council members, and the church officials urging the cancellation of the event.

“Hindu extremist leaders like Ritambhara threaten peace in our communities. New Jersey should never provide space and opportunity to people who peddle the hateful ideology of Hindutva that is completely antithetical to the democratic values of the United States,” said Mohammed Jawad, IAMC New Jersey chapter President.

“We commend the church officials for taking the right decision by not allowing its space to be used to platform an extremist leader who is well known for anti-Christian and anti-Muslim hate and bigotry in India,” said Shaheen Khateeb, one of the founding members of IAMC.

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