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Six Flags won't end Muslim Day.

Members of the conservative Tea Party as well as anti-Islamic activists have voiced their anger over a planned Muslim Family Day to be held at several Six Flags amusement parks across the United States September 12, the day after the anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks in 2001.

The annual event is sponsored by the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and typically brings in 50,000 paying Muslim customers. It caters to Muslim families by offering them a day at the amusement park catered by modestly dressed employees and halal food vendors.

The event was this year for the September 12 because the fasting month of Ramadan ends Friday, September 10. The ICNA didn't want to hold the event on 9/11, so instead, it planned the event for the following day.

The amusement park has been hosting these events since 2000 for the 42-year-old Muslim nonprofit, whose president is Muhammad Yunus, a Nobel Prize winner who pioneered microlending through the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh.

This year's planned event has sparked anger and protests because it is set for the day after 9/11, and also because news of the event came as anti-Islamic activists staged demonstrations in response to a plan to establish a mosque just a few blocks from New York's Ground Zero, the site of the 9/11 attacks.

Members of the Tea Party--which stands for Taxed Enough Already--are up in arms about the planned event, angered to the point that some have made calls to boycott the already bankrupt amusement park chain, threatening that the boycott will lead to the park becoming "a thing of the past."

On the Tea Party Patriots Hamilton of Los Angeles, posted an item saying: "Muslim Day at Six Flags is inappropriate for a multitude of reasons and I'm saddened and shocked by the ignorance of the Corporate folks and by the action that now must be taken by the rest of us.

"First, Islam is NOT a religion, it is an ideology--the religious portion only encompasses 11 % (the qur'an) the rest is the Sira and Hadith and the closest parallel to Islam is the Ku Klux Klan--if that is Six Flag's idea of 'appropriate' then by all means, hold your day on September 12th but don't plan on expanding any time soon because not only will we ensure that you don't grow, we'll make sure that your parks become a thing of the past....

Interestingly, an article in Mother Jones magazine reported that one of the men who first established the Muslim Family Day event in 2000 was himself killed in the 9/11 attacks.

Despite the Tea Party threats, Six Flags has not backed down.

A Six Flags spokeswoman told Fox News last month that the day would be nothing more than a "fun-filled family outing that typically coincides with Eid, the end of the Ramadan holiday."
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Title Annotation:Faith: Religion and the world
Publication:Iran Times International (Washington, DC)
Date:Aug 13, 2010
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