- Associated Press - Friday, March 25, 2016

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - The Islamic Society of Wichita has canceled a fundraising dinner because of a congressman’s objections and rumors an armed group of protesters planned to show up outside the organization’s buildings.

The Wichita Eagle (bit.ly/1T9U2cN) reports U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo, a Kansas Republican, questioned why the society invited Sheik Monzer Talib, who Pompeo says has ties to Hamas, to speak at the Friday event.

Islamic Society spokesman Hussam Madi apologized for any concern Talib’s planned participation might have caused.

Madi says the threat of heavily armed protesters was alarming and the society didn’t want to be the target of anything that might hurt its families or the neighboring Lutheran church.

Pompeo says he understands the society has a First Amendment right to invite Talib, but doing so would hurt the community.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, https://www.kansas.com

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