Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Freedom of Speech Under Attack In Nashville, TN: Hotel Cancels Anti-Sharia Law Conference After Threats

On Friday, November 11, the Preserving Freedom Conference - Stop Sharia in America, was supposed to be held at the Hutton Hotel in Nashville, TN.

This is the second time this kind of suppression of free speech has occurred. A hotel in Sugar Land, TX, did the same thing last week, cancelling an event where Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs, and AFDI/SIOA was to speak.

Steve Eckley, Senior Vice-President of Hutton Hotel, told conference organizers Monday that he had been getting threatening letters and calls, and that consequently the hotel would not honor its contract for the conference. Eckley even said that if conference organizers and attendees showed up at the hotel, they would not be let in.

AFDI/SIOA executive director Pamela Geller, who is scheduled to be a keynote speaker at the conference, noted that Hyatt Hotel Place in Sugar Land, Texas, similarly caved in to Islamic supremacist intimidation last week, canceling an event at which she was speaking.

"The Hyatt was subsequently inundated with calls and emails protesting their surrender to the foes of free speech," Geller said in a statement. "The Hyatt apologized and promised redress to the Sugar Land Tea Party. The Hutton Hotel has learned nothing from this, and again allowed enemies of free speech to run roughshod over the rights of Americans. This is the second time in no less than a week that a major hotel has capitulated to intimidation and demands to enforce the blasphemy laws under the Sharia here in America."

Geller called on the Hutton Hotel, at 1808 West End Avenue in Nashville, to apologize, reverse its cancellation, and hold AFDI/SIOA sensitivity training sessions to train its employees about the importance of the freedom of speech and the Islamic jihad threat.

"Why is the Hutton Hotel more afraid of fascists and supremacists than they are of losing our cherished freedoms?" asked Geller.

She also called upon free people to boycott the Hutton Hotel until this decision is reversed, and to contact the Hutton Hotel and politely and courteously protest the hotel's cancellation and capitulation to Islamic supremacism. "Americans must boycott these cowardly enterprises and raise their voices in protest," said Geller. The Hutton Hotel's telephone number is 615-340-9333; fax: 615-340-001. Steve Eckley: 720-318-4238.

In a letter written to the organizers, Eckley actually wrote the following:

"If you had made us aware at the outset what the content of the meeting entailed and the fact that at least two of your speakers [Geller and Robert Spencer] have a history of enraging people to the point of violence has been imminent, we would not have accepted the booking."

Enraging people to the point of violence? WTF? Name me one instance where either Geller or Spencer have "enraged people to the point of violence," Mr. Eckley. I can't think of one because there is none. Perhaps, Mr. Eckley, you should remind those people who threatened your hotel, no doubt stirred up by grievance mongers like CAIR, that we live in America where differing political views are given the opportunity to express themselves. Familiar with that? It's called the First Amendment, something they don't have in Sharia-compliant countries.

Here's the contact information:

Steve Eckley's phone number is 720-318-4238.

Hutton Hotel Tel: 615-340-9333, Fax: 615-340-0010

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Gerald Marshall
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