The speaker, Walid Shoebat, claims to be an ex-Islamic-terrorist who found the Christian god and reformed. He now goes around telling American audiences, including at many colleges, about the threat of terrorism.
Among his claims is that most Muslims are devoted to Al Qaeda and that President Obama is a Muslim.
The only hitch in his last appearance in Rapid City came when the Rapid City Journal asked the conference sponsors how much they were paying to the speakers at the conference and was refused that information. The Journal filed a Freedom of Information Act request and the information was released. Shoebat was paid $5,000 for his appearance. The money for speakers is supplied by the federal Department of Homeland Security.
Reporter David Montgomery covered his speech, and reported that former U.S. Senator James Abourezk said of Shoebat, “He’s a scam artist and he’s a liar. He doesn’t have any credibility when he claims he was a PLO terrorist.” Abourezk is a Christian of Lebanese descent.