Tennessee Hotel Cancels Anti-Sharia Conference
Religion TodayReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2011 Oct 26
A group dedicated to keeping Muslim law, known as sharia, from being established in the U.S. had its conference venue canceled after the hotel raised safety concerns, Fox News reports. The Tennessee Freedom Coalition was set to meet Nov. 11 at the Hutton Hotel in Nashville for its "Preserving Freedom" conference; however, the hotel canceled the event and returned the deposit after learning that two controversial speakers planned to attend. Hotel managers insist the decision had nothing to do with the conference's content, but rather with the "security of our staff and clients." Local Islamic leaders praised the hotel, saying the conference would have promoted bigotry. Lou Ann Zelenik, a member of the Tennessee Freedom Coalition, said, "I feel the Hutton is now under sharia law." The conference is now looking for a new venue and considering legal action against the hotel for breach of contract.