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Protesters Upset About Anti-Islam Speakers Coming to Stoughton, Massachusetts Synagogue

Rabbi at Avhavath Torah Synogogue is standing by his convictions to have 3 controversial speakers

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    A Stoughton, Massachusetts, synagogue is being criticized for allowing three controversial speakers to highlight an event on Wednesday night. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016)

    A Stoughton, Massachusetts, synagogue is being criticized for allowing three controversial speakers to highlight an event on Wednesday night.

    Rabbi Jonathan Hausman, of Avhavath Torah Synogogue, is sticking by his convictions to invite three controversial speakers, who critics call “Anti-Muslim hate group leaders.”

    “It’s meant to be an educational contribution to the public policy discussion at this particular time," said Hausman.

    The event is open to the public and called 'national security chaos.' It features Frank Gaffney who's said in the past, “most of the Muslim-American groups of any prominence in America are now known to be hostile to the United States and its Constitution.”

    Jerry Boykin, has also been quoted as saying “we need to realize that Islam itself is not just a religion, it is a totalitarian way of life. It should not be protected under the first amendment.”

    Tom Trento is on record saying “mosques are not houses of worship but more so, bases of operation to launch a cultural jihad against America.”

    But John Robbins with the Massachusetts Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations is asking the rabbi to cancel this event and calling these men, the “unholy trinity.”

    "Speakers who the southern poverty law centers identified as extremist hate groups alongside the KKK and white supremacist groups," said Robbins.

    The Anti-Defamation League says whatever is said by the speakers is likely protected speech. However, the group issued a statement saying “demonizing an entire faith is counterproductive to enhancing the communities understanding of the threat posed by a radical interpretation of Islam.

    An interfaith coalition is planning to protest peacefully if the speaking engagement moves forward.