Myrick to host Muslim town hall meeting

Feb 24, 2010

Charlotte Congresswoman Sue Myrick is inviting local Muslims to discuss her anti-terrorism agenda at a town hall meeting tomorrow night. She organized the meeting in response to complaints from the Muslim community that her efforts are hurtful to their culture and religion. The threat of homegrown terror has been a key concern of Congresswoman Sue Myrick's since September 11, 2001, but she doesn't feel like her message is getting out. "You're not being told the whole story of why these incidents are happening," says Myrick in a new video series she's begun posting on YouTube to alert the public of what she sees as radical Islamist threats. "There is a radicalization going on in this country and across the world that has a great effect on our national security," Myrick continues. Myrick says the White House and State Department are downplaying the danger of terror plots hatching inside the U.S. Myrick is also careful to point out the Muslims participating in those plots are just a small fraction of the Muslim community. But Jibril Hough of the Islamic Center of Charlotte says local Muslims are frustrated at Myrick's approach. "I think underneath the rhetoric and the sound bytes, Representative Myrick does have some valid concerns," says Hough. "We just don't want those concerns to be overblown, or to spill over into the entire Muslim community." In December, Congresswoman Myrick promised Hough that she would meet with Charlotte's Muslim community to hear their concerns. That meeting is happening in a town hall format at 7 p.m. Thursday, February 25 in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center.