Muhammad welcome at anti-bias forum

February 26, 1994|By New York Times News Service

TRENTON, N.J. -- A Nation of Islam minister who is at the center of a firestorm over hate speech will not be barred from a special viewing of the movie "Schindler's List" on Monday if he shows up, a spokesman for Gov. Christine Todd Whitman said yesterday.

The minister, Khallid Abdul Muhammad, could also take part in a panel discussion on racism and bias before the showing, said the spokesman, Carl Golden.

The governor has organized the event in Menlo Park as a rebuttal to Mr. Muhammad's scheduled speech that evening at Trenton State College.

The state Assembly leadership took a similar position after reading in Thursday's Trenton Times that Mr. Muhammad's aides said he also wanted to participate in that body's discussion Monday afternoon on "hate speech."

"Anyone who wants to attend and sit in the gallery will be encouraged to speak," said Bob DeSando, a spokesman for Assembly Speaker Chuck Haytaian.

Those in Trenton who told the Trenton Times that they were relaying Mr. Muhammad's requests could not be reached for comment.

Hostile comments about Jews, whites and homosexuals made by Mr. Muhammad in a November speech at Kean College in Union Township have brought widespread condemnation. They ultimately led Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, to censure Mr. Muhammad.

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