Handful of people protest imam at Virginia Capitol
A handful of demonstrators gathered outside the Virginia state Capitol Thursday to protest a Falls Church imam who is scheduled to give the opening prayer in the House of Delegates this afternoon.
The imam, Johari Abdul-Malik of the Dar Al Hijraj Islamic Center, has been accused of condoning violence.
"It's inappropriate,'' said James Lafferty, chairman of The Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force, one of the groups organizing the protest. "The politicians need to stand up and say something."
Two of the Sept. 11 hijackers briefly worshiped at Abdul-Malik's mosque. Abdul-Malik was not affiliated with the mosque when the attacks occurred.
Abdul-Malik said he has been "mischaracterzied" by the protesters. "I think this is a group that has a particular agenda, but I think in this case they picked the wrong the imam."
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