Muslims take up DJ on anti-terror march

June 22, 2005 at 11:15 AM
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LODI, Calif., June 22 (UPI) -- Plans are under way for an anti-terror "Million Muslim March" in Lodi, Calif., inspired by challenges from a controversial Sacramento radio talk show host.

Since five Lodi-area Pakistani men were arrested for lying to federal authorities about terror camp training two weeks ago, KFBK-AM personality Mark Williams has repeatedly challenged the Muslim community to publicly denounce terrorism.

Mayor John Beckman took Williams up on the offer, and offered to help organize the march in late July, the Sacramento Bee said Wednesday.

Beckman said it would be patterned after 1995's Million Man March by African-American men in Washington, D.C.

However, one Muslim leader sees Williams' campaign as unnecessary.

Basim ElKarra, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations of Sacramento Valley, said his organization has an online petition signed by 688,560 people who have denounced terrorism.

"We've been denouncing terrorism forever. He's still not satisfied," said ElKarra.

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