by Jack Minor –
Protesters assembled outside a Hotel in Anaheim after it permitted the Council on American Islamic Relations to hold a banquet with an anti-American guest speaker who has called for the replacement of our constitutional form of government with one based in Islamic law.
Dr. Gary Gass, founder of DefendChristians.org, said the protest was organized after CAIR announced the group would be having a banquet at the Hilton Hotel in Anaheim, California with Siraj Wahhaj as their guest speaker for the event.
Wahhaj testified as a character witness for Omar Abdel-Rahman, the blind Sheikh behind the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. The bombing was an attempt to destroy the foundation of one of the towers, causing it to fall into the other. The terrorists would later complete Abdel-Rahman’s goal of destroying both towers on 9/11.
Wahhaj has also called for the Constitution to be replaced with Islamic rule, stating, “If we were united and strong, we would elect our emir and give allegiance to him.” He has also predicted America would fall unless it “accepts the Islamic agenda.”
Gass said by having Wahhaj as their guest speaker CAIR was showing its true colors. “CAIR is showing its true colors by aligning with such a notorious anti-American radical. We’re shocked that the Hilton Hotel will allow such an event on its property.”
During the protest outside the CAIR meeting, Gass said speakers took turns challenging attendees to defend the reputation of their prophet and Wahhaj. “Some were upset when we began to read a fatwa by Islam’s highest authorities proving that Mohammed sexually abused his 6-year-old wife, Aisha,” Gass said.
While the Hotel allowed the event to go forward, the same deference is not given for groups who oppose the Islamic agenda.
Recently, two different hotels cancelled events on radical Islam’s threat to American freedoms citing security concerns and physical threats.
In Nashville, Tenn., the Hutton Hotel cancelled the Preserving Freedom Conference after receiving threats of violence to Hotel guests. Stephen Eckley, senior vice president of Hotels for Amerimar Enterprises, the Hutton’s managing corporation, told WND, “There were veiled threats that there were going to be protests that could easily erupt into violence.”
The conference was eventually forced to relocate to another location on short notice and is now being held at the Cornerstone Church in Madison, Tenn.
Pamela Geller, editor of Atlas Shrugs, told the Gazette she will not be attending the conference at its new location. “I will not have my message ghettoized and driven from the public square. I will not be speaking.”
Geller continued, “While I have nothing against speaking in a church per se, I refuse to have my message driven from the public square. What’s next? Secret meetings? A White Rose Society? I have been invited to speak at the new conference, but right now I’m more concerned with the marginalization and ghettoizing of our message of freedom. I am not going to consent to the attempts of the Left and Islamic supremacists to drive our defense of freedom from public spaces.”
Amir Arain, a spokesman for the Islamic Center of Nashville praised the Hotel for cancelling the event which was critical of Islam saying the conference was promoting bigotry and had no place in Nashville.
Several days earlier the Hyatt Hotel in Sugar Land, Texas cancelled a similar Tea Party event citing “security concerns.”
Geller likened the cancellations to the enforcing of “blasphemy” laws that exist in Islamic countries under Sharia law. Under Sharia, no criticism of Islam is allowed and criticism of Islam can result in a death sentence.
Geller said the cancellations actually vindicate her warnings about radical Islam.