The American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) organized a public forum last week in Manchester, Tenn., to try to educate the public about Muslims and Islam.
During the meeting, Muslim speaker Sabina Mohyuddin (pictured) recalled how a mosque in Murfreesboro, Tenn., was burned down in 2007.
Amazingly, many people in the crowd cheered (video below).
“Shame on you,” Mohyuddin replied.
According to Imagine 2050, the anti-Muslim hecklers and protesters were organized by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), which was founded by Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, who are both opponents of what they call "radical Islam."
Also appearing at the forum was U.S. Attorney Bill Killian of the Eastern District of Tennessee who also got heckled.
NPR reports: "At first, U.S. Attorney Bill Killian tried to keep from talking over the protesters, then he gave up and kept his head down, following his prepared remarks on the lectern as hundreds in Manchester, Tenn., shouted go home and called him a 'serpent' and 'traitor.'"
Spencer later defended the hecklers who interrupted speakers: “The claim that someone in the crowd was ‘afraid’ of the other audience members, as if these patriots who came out to defend the freedom of speech were some gang of menacing thugs, bent on silencing their foes by force, was utterly preposterous," reported Imagine 2050.