Despite receiving a slew of hate mail, All Saints Church in Pasadena is moving forward with a conference hosted by the Muslim Public Affairs Council -- the first time the organization has conducted an event at a Christian church.
All Saints Rev. Ed Bacon described the emails his congregation received as “some of the most vile, mean-spirited emails I’ve ever read in my life.”
“When we scheduled this event we had absolutely no anticipation that we would have this kind of response,” Bacon said, adding that none of the emails made actual threats.
Salam al-Marayati, president of Los Angeles-based MPAC, said his organization is working with the Department of Homeland Security, FBI and local authorities to ensure the Dec. 15 event is safe. The event is expected to discuss the state of the American Muslim community.
“The hate-mongerers have made our convention relevant so we saved on our marketing budget, so some of the money was transferred to extra security,” al-Marayati said, half-jokingly. “We are taking extra precautions, but at this point there is no threat to the convention.”
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