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Terror task-force trainer’s class canceled after group calls him ‘bigot’

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Ahmed Rehab (pictured in 2012) is executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Chicago. | Sun Times files

A state law-enforcement board and Lombard officials canceled plans for anti-terrorism trainer Sam Kharoba to teach a class Monday after a Muslim advocacy group labeled him a “Muslim bigot” and claimed he would be “promoting hate.”

The class was canceled pending a review, said Kevin McClain, executive director of the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board, which has authority over police training.

The board is “looking into his credentials and the content of the course to see whether it is inappropriate,” McClain said.

Kharoba had been scheduled to teach a class of 28 law-enforcement officers from police departments throughout the Chicago metropolitan area for the North East Multi-Regional Training Inc., said Phil Brankin, director.

The class won’t be rescheduled “until we can review it and we can OK it,” McClain said.

Kharoba could not be reached for comment. But he told the Associated Press that he has taught tens of thousands of law-enforcement officers, including Muslims, and received only positive feedback.

Last week, the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations called on those involved with law-enforcement training here to drop Kharoba as a trainer. The group contends that “Kharoba’s training materials on Islam are riddled with inaccuracies, sweeping generalizations and stereotypes,” that are anti-Muslim and anti-Islam.

After issues with the trainer were brought to his attention, Lombard Village President Keith Giagnorio said he met with Lombard’s police chief.

“Once I learned of the content in past training sessions that this particular trainer had given, I was extremely uncomfortable with it,” Giagnorio said. “In Lombard, we have a really diversified community and a growing Muslim population. They are very involved in the community and getting more involved, and we felt like we couldn’t support something like this being held in the village of Lombard.”

Giagnorio added that he strongly supports the review “to really see what’s being said and what was going on in that class.”

Ahmed Rehab, executive director of CAIR-Chicago, welcomed cancellation of the class, but he noted that North East Multi-Regional Training continues to support Kharoba.

Brankin has maintained that Kharoba and his curriculum are not anti-Muslim or bigoted. On Monday, he said he expects the review to show that.

Brankin said last week that he has offered to let CAIR representatives run a class and teach police officers their point of view.

CAIR-Chicago wants to work with representatives from the governor’s office “to ensure that there are standards in place to scrutinize the qualification and expertise of trainers on the subject matter,” Rehab said. “We are willing to work with NEMRT to suggest qualified experts on Islam who enjoy credibility within the American Muslim community.”

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  1. I thought it was the muslim clerics that promote hatred in their mosques?

  2. The training doesn’t promote hate, and the instructor is not a bigot. This training does nothing but tell the absolute truth about Islam. That is what Islamists try to stop because the know if the majority of Americans learn the truth about Islam, Islam would cease to exist.

  3. //rom… Have you ever stepped foot inside a mosque and actually listened?

    //Ray Dunn… So you are an expert on Islam now? And I love how you believe that America is the whole world. ‘If the majority of Americans learn the truth about Islam, Islam would cease to exist’. How arrogant of you.

    This close-minded bigotry is exactly the problem. A refusal to understand or learn what a religion is about before condemning out of hand (let me guess, you guys watch a lot of Fox News, right?)

    Here’s another tidbit for you; A lot of Americans (read: most) felt this same way about Jews and Judaism around the middle of the 20th century. Were they right? If you don’t believe me look up ‘Anti-Semitism in 1950’s America’. Look up how the American south felt about African-Americans for the longest time. And how Native Americans were viewed. (Sadly the last two example are still true for many people today.)

    And lastly, just because a ‘majority’ of people believe something doesn’t mean they can’t be wrong about it. The majority of the world at one time *knew* for a fact that the Earth was flat. They also *knew* that the Earth was the center of the universe. So is the Earth flat and the center of the universe? Or is it possible that what you *know* about Islam might conceivably be wrong?

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