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Assumptions about Islam violence to be addressed at conference



The Institute of Interfaith Dialog and Wimberly School of Religion at Oklahoma City University are sponsoring "Denouncing Violence in the Name of God: The Case of Islam," an all-day conference Saturday at the Henry Freede Center at OCU. The conference is free of charge and open to the public.

The conference keynote speaker will be M. Cherif Bassiouni, distinguished research professor of law at DePaul University.

The Institute of Interfaith Dialog is a Houston-based organization. Orhan Kucukosman, the area representative in Oklahoma for the IID, said organizers chose Oklahoma City as the site of the conference because of the city's experience of terrorism.

"Oklahomans suffered from a terrorist attack," Kucukosman said, "and the initial reports in the aftermath of the bombing blamed Muslims."

It is this type of assumption the conference hopes to address. Kucukosman said there are approximately 1.2 billion Muslims in the world and most of them don't agree with violence in the name of God.

"The Quran says if you kill one person, it is the same as killing all of humanity," Kucukosman said. "It is only a very small minority of Muslims who use violence."

The conference runs 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Freede Center is on the southwest corner of N.W. 27th Street and Florida Avenue. For more information, visit their site.  "Greg Horton

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