The Editorial Board stands with the Council of American-Islamic Relations in calling for Lt. Gov. Dan Forest to withdraw from an upcoming keynote address for the “North Carolina Renewal Project,” an event from Oct. 3 to 4 which has scheduled several Islamophobic speakers.
The North Carolina Renewal Project is part of the American Renewal Project, a Christian-based policy advocacy group.
Their recent list of publications includes “Mike Pence Criticized for Praying for Critics” — an article whose author deftly notes that Pence’s remark, “No. 1...spend more time on your knees than on the internet,” was actually referring to prayer, despite being, “mocked on Twitter, with many chastising the VP for his choice of words.”
But hard-hitting journalism aside, their scheduled speakers at this week's event employ far more dangerous rhetoric, with ramifications extending beyond their Charlotte podium and into the Chapel Hill community.
Among the seven featured speakers at Thursday’s event, William Federer has warned of an Islamic takeover of Europe and the United States. In one instance decrying the LGBTQ+ movement as a, “detaching phase to get us away from our past to move into an Islamic future.” A second speaker, E.W. Williams, said, “The floor of Congress is now going to look like an Islamic republic,” following the election of two Muslim congresswomen in 2018.