Calls force cancellation of Chicago Islam meeting

June 13, 2012

Associated Press

Phone calls and emails warning of protests have forced a Chicago-area club to cancel a conference by a controversial Islamic group.

The U.S. branch of the international Hizb ut-Tahrir movement still plans to hold a conference in the area on June 17.

The Arlington Heights Daily Herald reported Wednesday that The Meadows Club in suburban Rolling Meadows, Ill. pulled out of the event after a deluge of calls and emails.

Organizers were expecting 1,000 people to attend the event under the title "Liberation by Revelation — Muslims Marching Toward Victory."

Hizb ut-Tahrir says it rejects violence, but it is banned in several countries, including Pakistan, where it advocates the government's overthrow. The group seeks to unite the Muslim world under a single government following strict Islamic law.