Major conference on Islam cancelled at last minute by Nashville hotel
Note: the conference is taking place. The story reports: “The symposium started Friday as scheduled, but at a venue revealed only to people registered to attend.”
I called Regional News Editor Kevin Paulk of the Tennessean and he told me that the attendees had not been “turned away” at the door, at the article had suggested, but that the organizers had been told somewhat earlier in the week about the cancellation, and were able to arrange an alternative meeting place. That’s pretty incredible. Consider the logistics, and the advance time normally needed, to set up a hotel for a two day conference involving perhaps a hundred people, including all the room reservations. Unless perhaps the attendees were allowed to stay in their reserved rooms at the Loews Hotel, and traveled back and forth to another location for the conference itself.
Robert from Nashville writes:
I just heard this today on our local Steve Gill radio program. After the conference attendees had arrived in Nashville and signed in, the hotel manager, a Mr. Negri (who had also helped oppose making English our sole language of local government referendum), announced that they would not be allowed to meet. His reason: Presumably Moslems, or others unknown, might cause violence, or maybe just not like what was said. He acknowledged that no threat had been received, but might be. Guess he demonstrated the creeping sharia theory. No jihad needed. Just the possibility of threats will make us submit in Nashville. Guess Loews could have agreed to pay the dhimmi poll tax as an alternative.LA writes:
This is beyond belief. Perhaps a hundred people traveling from all over the U.S. and abroad to come to a conference, they arrive at the hotel and are told the conference will not be allowed to take place?Here is the article:
Nashville hotel drops jihad conference over safety concerns
Joe Catechissimo writes:
This article exemplifies why concerned and committed Christians and unchurched conservatives should resolve themselves to avoid as much as possible secular media and commercialization and build a future network of alternate communities with its own counterculture and facilities to house such events. Some of us in the Catholic community have recently begun to explore this approach and have launched efforts in Maryland and elsewhere. I have included the link on the Maryland community.
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