Nevada City, CA — The United Kingdom’s Imam Anjem Choudary has received clearance from the US State Department to tour the country on a speaking engagement, Gish Gallop has learned. The controversial Imam has secured a travel Visa and is scheduled to visit 24 locations throughout the United States. His first stop will be in the Sierra Nevada Foothills hamlet of Nevada City, CA.
Anjem Choudary is a British-born Muslim social and political activist and a lawyer. He was previously a solicitor and served as the chairman of the Society of Muslim Lawyers, and, until it was proscribed, as the spokesman for the Islamist group, Islam4UK. He supports the implementation of Sharia law throughout the UK and marched in protest at the Jyllands-Posten cartoons controversy, following which actions he was prosecuted for organizing an unlawful demonstration.
“Westerners need to accept the fact that Islam will dominate all the lands it touches,” said Imam Choudary in a statement made after obtaining his travel Visa, “The holy Quran teaches us that where we put our feet we shall rule that land. It’s that simple. You will have no choice, Sharia law is coming to a place near you.”
Reaction was mixed but generally positive in Nevada City, CA which is known for its tolerant and progressive political bent and lack of proper street lighting.
“I think this a fantastic way to build bridges with people who think differently than us,” said Ardwelia Kushborn from the porch of her communal group-family home in Nevada City. “We need a real dialog to overcome the negative images we have of Muslims. When you think about it, it took a lot of courage for him to come here. We should honor that bravery.”
According to organizers, who just found out about Imam Choudary’s national speaking tour, they plan on holding the public event at the Nevada Theater on June 5th. Local community radio station KVMR has also carved out a full two hours for a debate with local Penn Valley conservative Brock Whalen, who says he’d like to have a word or two with the strident Imam.
“Look, I’m not sure what got into the heads of the State Department, or even organizers in Nevada City,” said a stern Mr. Whalen in a Gish Gallop interview in front of his Lake Wildwood home. “But he’s coming, so we need to prepare. I’ll have a few questions for this gentleman. You betcha. It will be the usual fare: ‘What gives with Sharia law?’ and ‘This is America, why not eat pork?‘ and ‘What does the Koran say about the government regulating well water?'”
Although not all speaking locations have been announced, Gish Gallop has obtained the “short list” of cities and towns where Imam Choudary plans on speaking:
- June 5th: Nevada City, CA
- June 9th: Arcata, CA
- June 10th: Eugene, OR
- June 12th: Seattle, WA
- June 14th: Missoula , MT
- June 17: Chicago, IL
- June 21st: Sedona, AZ
This is a developing story. Gish Gallop will update this article as we receive more information.