If so, we have just the news for you: On July 8, the Washington-based nonprofit Council on American-Islamic Relations is kicking off "a nationwide discussion of 'Islamophobia,' or fear and hatred of Islam and Muslims" with a panel discussion at the Crowne Plaza Park Central -- same place where the Islamic Society of North America is holding its South Central Regional Conference on Saturday.
Notes the press release, the local event will be titled "Do U.S. Policies Fuel Islamophobia?," and it'll feature Islamic and Middle East profs and experts who will "seek to explain the historical context of the issue and provide resources for gaining a better understanding of the negative impact anti-Muslim bigotry has on American society and on our nation's interests worldwide." And as a bonus, they'll also get into the U.S. government's case against the Richardson-based Holy Land Foundation, with the trial set to begin in July as well. I dunno -- sounds boring and not at all likely to spark controversy whatsoever. --Robert Wilonsky
Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.