An imam who offered a prayer at the beginning of the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo (FWSSR) last week will not be doing so again after attendees lit up the event’s Facebook page with anti-Islamic statements, The Dallas Morning News reports.
Last Sunday, Moujahed Bakhach of the Islamic Association of Tarrant County was one of numerous religious leaders from the Fort Worth area to offer a prayer for the safety of all the participants — human and cattle alike — at the event.
He was scheduled to offer a similar prayer on February 2nd, but decided otherwise after an anti-Muslim social media firestorm erupted on the event’s Facebook page.
“I can tell you this, my stance on allowing Islam into our world of rodeo would be different if Muslims and Islamists would have an extremely large movement or crusade against their religion’s radicals and STOP trying to force their laws in our country! Until then they are the enemy and should be treated as such,” Scott McCune wrote.
Mike Wood wrote that he “just will choose NOT to go somewhere that embraces a religion that wants me, my family and my people DEAD.”
Joe Leonard agreed, writing that “Muslim/Islam has no place in this country let alone FWSSR. Not one Muslim has come out against the radical actions that is the Muslim belief. PERIOD. COWBOYS DONT [sic] WANT IT!”
“I thought Texas would be the last to cave to this political correctness, and rodeo would be the last sport,” Vickie Adams lamented. “Islam is against all other religions and I for one won’t attend an event that allows a darkness to be spoke over me!”
For his part, Bakhach said he was disappointed in his fellow Texans. “I didn’t hear any negative reaction to what I said” during last week’s prayer, he said, but he decided to cancel out of respect for the event’s organizer, Brad Barnes.
“I felt he was in a spot, so I canceled for February 2nd,” Bakhach said. “I love Fort Worth. It really hurt me to see this reaction.”