A Ramadan “unity” dinner in Michigan that outraged Americans because it was set for Sept. 11 has been rescheduled, but the sponsors of the outrage can’t hide.
And at least one company looking for good publicity found itself instead being associated with grisly scenes of Americans dying horrible deaths at the hands of Islamist terrorists.
For reasons that remain baffling, the cities of Lansing and East Lansing, Mich., decided to hold a feast celebrating a Muslim holiday that was to take place not only long after the actual holiday was over, but on the anniversary of the very day Islamist terrorists murdered thousands of Americans in New York City and Washington 14 years ago.
(Snopes.com Monday reported that the cities have generally held the dinner on a Friday in August or September because Ramadan most commonly falls in those months, but that doesn’t change how stupid the decision was to hold it on Sept. 11 this year — or any other year.)
While the news was mostly ignored by the mainstream media, it was picked up by conservative new media, including BizPac Review, and protests were being planned outside the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing. The pressure was enough, apparently, for sanity to prevail.
According to a news release issued by the city of Lansing on Monday:
After due deliberation, the event organizers have decided that the community’s remembrance of the tragic events of 9-11 and the celebration of diversity and inclusion embodied in the Ramadan Unity Dinner should be held at separate times.
(It would be interesting to know how much of that “due deliberation” involved screaming and snarling in the Wolverine State, but the release didn’t go into it.)
Meanwhile, a local hospital sponsoring the event tried to bully a protesting group out of using its name and logo, according to an email thread obtained by BizPac Review on Monday. (With the dinner being rescheduled, it wasn’t clear if the protests would still be held.)
In the first email to Lansing-based Sparrow Health Systems, protesters promised to make sure the hospital’s sponsorship of the event was well publicized – complete with replicas of the World Trade Center decorated with Sparrow “iconography,” and grisly scenes of the human cost of the 9/11 attacks.
Thank you for sponsoring the Ramadan unity dinner on September 11th. We will be attending, myself and 14 other friends with tickets we have bought, just to see how things go. We are right now designing our art project to be displayed in the public space outside of the venue. Right now our idea is to make replications of the Twin Towers with Sparrow health iconography on the sides of the building. We might even have little jumpers who jump out of the building has it is burning falling into the sparrow health facilities. It should be fun for all. Again, thank you very much for sponsoring the Ramadan unity dinner on September 11th.
In response, Sparrow’s Diversity/Inclusion Community Advocate Lori Adams Simon wrote the protester and ordered the group not to use the company’s imagery in any way. (Adams referred questions Monday to Sparrow’s marketing department, which did not return a call.)
My name is Lori Adams Simon and I am the Diversity/Inclusion Community Advocate for Sparrow Health System. Sparrow’s Marketing team received your email below in regard to The City of Lansing Ramadan Dinner.
Please note: Under NO circumstances can you use the Sparrow logo or any Sparrow “iconography” for other purposes including this art project.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Thank you for your time and consideration!
The protesters were having none of it.
Under the fair use doctrine for protests as defined by Supreme Court cases, we will use your logos in our protest. You cannot stop us by any kind of prior restraint. If you try to take us to court the judge there will let you know that we have the right to use your logo in protest of your sponsorship.
Your logo will be on one of the twin towers that we will have being hit by one of the other sponsor’s planes. You wanted to sponsor a 911 Ramadan dinner. That was your choice. Now you’re going to live with it.
At least they’ll be able to “live with it.
That’s something thousands of Americans couldn’t do on Sept. 11, 2001.
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