Marriott International has no intention of acquiescing to the angry demands of a Muslim litigation jihad group (like CAIR), Muslim Advocates, that an October convention of the Act for America organization at the Marriott Crystal Gateway in Arlington, Va., be canceled.
PJ Media “We are a hospitality company that provides public accommodations and function space,” a Marriott spokesman told PJM. “Acceptance of business does not indicate support or endorsement of any group or individual.”
“Marriott clearly and proudly states on its website that ‘diversity and inclusion is fundamental to our core values and strategic business goals,’” Muslim Advocates public advocacy director Scott Simpson wrote to Arne Sorenson, president and CEO of Marriott International. “We believe that hosting this anti-Muslim convention is antithetical to this otherwise clear commitment,” Simpson added.
Muslim Advocates’ mission, as the group’s name would imply, is focused on three points: “counter anti-Muslim hate by challenging bigotry and hate crimes, empower communities by strengthening American Muslim charities and educating people about their legal rights, fight discrimination with high impact lawsuits against those who wrongfully target American Muslims.”
In a statement to PJM, ACT for America said Muslim Advocates’ demand regarding the group’s national convention in October was nothing but “an attempt to suppress the speech of those holding opposing views from theirs” and “is disappointing, since it is based on a series of outright fabrications.”
“By attempting to pressure the venue to cancel it through the distribution of outright lies, Muslim Advocates simply exposes itself as a dishonest political partisan on issues important to millions of Americans,” the ACT for America statement read. “We hope they reconsider their outrageous conduct if they wish to be taken seriously in these conversations of public interest.”
ACT for America’s statement also said the October convention, ACTCON2017, would be the group’s ninth annual national meeting “and has been held without incident of any kind throughout its history.”
“This year’s speakers include a Palestinian Muslim, a LGBT daughter of holocaust survivors, a Native American, and an Arabic Christian. It is emceed by a LGBT man. This diversity is something of which we are proud, and it points to the fundamental deceit in Muslim Advocates statement,” ACT for America said.
As justification for its charges, Muslim Advocates cited the Southern Poverty Law Center, which accused ACT for America of becoming the “largest grassroots anti-Muslim group in America, claiming 280,000 members and over 1,000 chapters.”
ACT for America, founded in 2007 by Brigitte Gabriel, actively lobbies for anti-sharia legislation at the state and federal levels that it sees as critical to those goals. The group takes credit for successful passage of 84 bills in 32 states, as well as helping to win approval for 12 bills in the 111th through 114th Congress.
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