ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Muslim and Christian groups are squaring off in a New York federal court in a defamation lawsuit over a book on terrorism.
Muslims of America Inc. says the Christian Action Network is telling deliberate and damaging lies by alleging that terrorist training is happening in the Muslim group's U.S. enclaves. The Christian group refuses to back down, challenging the Muslims to prove them wrong in an upstate New York court.
The Muslim group has a community outside Binghamton, N.Y., and others around the U.S. Its attorney Tahirah Amatul-Wadud (tuh-HEER'-ruh ah-mah-TOOL' wha-DOOD') says the group is seeking retractions and $18 million in damages. It also wants to halt publication of network founder Martin Mawyer's book "Twilight in America: the Untold Story of Terrorist Training Camps in America."
The Christian group's attorney Michael Grygiel says they'll "vigorously defend" their right to free speech.