Despite several pleas to Mayor Don Reimal’s office to reconsider the choice for the Independence Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast keynote speaker in two weeks, the selection committee’s unanimous choice for a presenter remains in place.

The six-member selection committee Tuesday afternoon agreed to keep Kamal Saleem, a self-proclaimed ex-terrorist and follower of the Islam faith who converted to Christianity, as the speaker.

Upon learning the speaker’s name and his background, Interfaith Progressives of Independence, the Crescent Peace Society and Independence resident Jim Everett all reached out to Reimal and asked him to cancel Saleem’s invitation, calling his message non-welcoming and inappropriate.

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