'Proudly' Islamophobic pastor, church cancel anti-Muslim 9/11 event after backlash

Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press

DETROIT – A church canceled an anti-Muslim event scheduled for Wednesday's 9/11 anniversary after facing condemnation from politicians and organizations.

Bloomfield Hills Baptist Church announced in a one-sentence email Monday evening that it will cancel the two-day "9/11 forgotten? Is Michigan surrendering to Islam?" event that was scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday.

The event at the Bloomfield church was slated to host two speakers who would address topics such as "How the interfaith movement is sabotaging America and the church" and "How Islam is destroying America from within."

The church's pastor, Donald McKay, defended the event last week, telling WJBK-TV, "Islam is a growing threat in the United States of America." He said, "We don't hate Muslims, we hate the ideology they are identified with."

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"I am an Islamophobe, I wear that badge proudly," he said.

Political leaders and organizations in Michigan condemned the discussion and called for its cancellation. 

In a joint statement on the issue, U.S. Democratic Reps. Andy Levin and Debbie Dingell said there is "no place for hate in Metro Detroit, in Michigan or anywhere in the United States."

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Dawud Walid, executive director of Michigan's Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) chapter, called the church's anti-Islam rhetoric "troubling."

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