Reverend Al Sharpton will offer the keynote address at the Council on American Islamic Relation’s (CAIR) annual banquet being held this year on September 29 in Arlington, Virginia. Another famous personage that will be featured at CAIR’s banquet is Imam Siraj Wahhaj.
Sharpton is a contentious, controversial figure known for his incitement of the anti-Jewish riots in Crown Heights, New York, in 1999. He is also known for his anti-Semitic incitement against a Jewish business in Harlem as well as his conviction of libel for his role in the racially charged Tawana Brawley rape hoax.
Wahhaj was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. He has been quoted as saying that he hopes all Americans eventually become Muslim. He refers to the FBI and CIA the "real terrorists.” Wahhaj defended the “Blind Sheikh,” Omar Abdel-Rahman, who was the former leader of the Egyptian terrorist organization Gama'a al-Islamiyya, by testifying on his behalf at his trial. Abdel-Rahman is currently serving a life-sentence in a U.S. prison for his involvement in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Wahhaj also advocates the replacement of the U.S. government with an Islamic Caliphate. He has also served as an advisory board member of CAIR.
Ironically, the theme of CAIR’s banquet is "Upholding Our Constitution, Defending Our Faith." The evening also features Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH). Kucinich, a long-time promoter of CAIR. Kicinish was defeated in the latest primary and will be leaving the U.S. House of Representatives in January , 2013.