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Cancelled Onalaska anti-Muslim event debate continues



Suspicions on social media continue to linger after an anti-Muslim event scheduled for Friday night at the Onalaska Omni Center was cancelled at the 11th hour.

The official word from Onalaska Mayor Joe Chilsen was that the cancellation was over an insurance issue. The group, Understanding the Threat, lacked the right policy, Chilsen said.

“We require anybody using that facility, those halls, to have a million dollar umbrella policy in case anybody gets hurt,” Chilsen said Friday evening on WIZM.

Listen to Chilsen’s interview on WIZM here (about 35 minutes in).

A lack of an appropriate policy was what sunk the event Friday, said Chilsen.

Meanwhile, a local group, La Crosse Interfaith Shoulder to Shoulder Network, is crediting its own work. having called Chilsen and others, urging them to cancel the event.

Supporters of the event are skeptical it had to be cancelled over proper insurance. Critics say the Understanding the Threat event should never have been booked at the OmniCenter in the first place.

That, however, was not an option, Chilsen told WIZM.

“If they come in and it’s a public facility, you can’t say, ‘Oh, we don’t book for those types of things.’” Chilsen said. “No, you can’t do that.”

Chilsen admitted that he was flooded with calls to cancel the event and met for hours with attorneys on whether it could be called off.

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  1. DJ

    April 11, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    I have heard these guys at Understanding the Threat speak in person and on thier radio broadcast for a while now. Due diligence proves that while in fact the topic
    of Jihad, is contorversial. Could you imagine, the day after the 911 Twin Towers Islamic Terorist attack on Americans, that someone would tell you that we would see a day we were told to not talk about people with bad ideas. Does talking about MS13 gangs equal Anti Hispanic hate speech ? Does talking about Chicago gang viloence equal hate speech against African Americans ? Of course not, not all Hispanics are MS13 gang members nor are all African Americans are in violent gangs.
    These speakers talk about how to identify Jihadhis. Guandolo’s qualifications are immense having work in the Pentagon in Homeland Security and Counterterrorism. Americans are not stupid,they do not want anyone telling them how to think. They do not appreciate any groups telling them “there is nothing to see her, just keep going” So oppositionists try to create a narrative, weakly, by blurting out claims of hate speech. After the Twin Towers attack, America was somewhat paralyzed, headed to Church in great numbers in attempt to understand and get right with God. Americans also looked for answers on the news. Fast forward 15 + years. Since that time it has become a war of narratives. The Marxist Leftist ideology is doing what thier instruction book says, to shut down voices of opposition to thier goal of destroying America from within. Jihad ideology is the same, destroying the “Big Satan”, America, by its own (freedoms) and own hands.So the Marxists try to Demonize, marginalize, and devalue opposition, and as Antifa, an Urban terrorist organization promotes, “we need to shut them down”. If this is not a cocktail for Civil unrest than you are asleep. Interfaith groups are being found to line up with Marxist ideology. Where are these groups when high profile people such as Louis Farrakan speak in public like he did in Chicago in front of thousands February 2018 saying “the powerful Jews are my enemy.” “White folks are going down” ? Noticing some Interfaith groups, CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relation), and others not denounce over the top racists as Farrakhan shows is suspicious and suggests that these groups have a common goal. Guandolo and Chris Gaubatz claim that Congressman Keith Ellison out of Minnesota is involved at some level with Jihadis. There are actual photos of these two together in the same photo, so it does beg the question of the relationship it would seem. There is something big to hear it seems, and as people with conservative messages try to present the truth narrative, others will try to shut down the conversation.

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