Christian group sues Allegan, Muslims over event

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A Christian advocacy group has sued Allegan officials and a Muslim rights group, saying they violated the free speech and assembly rights of a self-professed ex-terrorist who converted to Christianity.

The Thomas More Law Center filed the suit Monday in Grand Rapids federal court.

The Ann Arbor-based group says police halted the "Constituting Michigan -- Founding Principles Act" event during Kamal Saleem's speech. Sponsors rented a room at Allegan High School for use after school hours Jan. 26.

Law Center president Richard Thompson says police, school and city officials "caved in" after getting a letter from the Michigan leader of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Dawud Walid.

Walid says it's "a nuisance" suit.

The Associated Press left a message Monday seeking comment from a lawyer for Allegan.

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