Muslims from across the state of Oklahoma will come to the state Capitol later this month to learn about the legislative process and join panel discussions on issues important to their community.
The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations announced its first ever "Muslim Day" will be held at the Capitol on Friday, Feb. 27. Executive Director Adam Soltani says he expects more than 100 people to attend the event.
Soltani says the event is designed to encourage members of the Muslim faith to be civically engaged and communicate with their lawmakers.
A similar event at the state Capitol in Texas last week sparked outrage after a group of vitriolic protesters heckled Muslim participants. One woman grabbed the microphone and yelled about Islam.
Although the Legislature adjourns for the week on Thursdays and members head home, six legislators and an attorney from the ACLU have agreed to meet with the Muslims who come to the Capitol that day: Sen. John Sparks, Rep. Mike Shelton, Rep. George Young, Rep. Emily Virgin, Sen. Anastasia Pittman, and Brady Henderson of the ACLU. Events that day will include a panel discussion on racial profiling, and a discussion on religion in public schools.