COMMENT: Here is a major hotel chain bowing to 'threats' that, as I understand it, were not reported to any law enforcement representatives. The United States is supposed to be the 'land of the free and home of the brave'--the Hutton Hotel caving hardly fits that description. All they had to do is to increase security and move on. They need to hear from people who still think the US Constitution is important and that it principles should be supported.
Hutton Hotel in Nashville, TN caves to pressure and threats
Action cancels "Preserving Freedom Conference"
& denies U.S. Christians, Jews and citizens their rights under the U.S. Constitution
Today, the Hutton Hotel in Nashville, TN slammed the door on the United States Constitution and the right to free speech due to threats which we perceive came from the Islamic community. The location was the planned host for the Preserving Freedom Conference to be held on November 11, 2011. With less than three weeks prior to the event and after accepting payments from many attendees and sponsors, Nashville's Hutton Hotel backed out of the contract as location host of the event, citing threatening letters and phone calls demanding the conference be cancelled.
Steve Eckley, Senior Vice President of Hutton Hotel,[720 318 4238.] contacted Lou Ann Zelenik, Executive Director of Tennessee Freedom Coalition (TFC) on October 24, 2011, and told her they would not honor the contract signed in August 2011 for the Preserving Freedom Conference and therefore, would not allow the conference to take place at the hotel. Eckley advised they had received many threatening telephone calls and letters. When questioned by others if the hotel had contacted local law enforcement agencies, FBI or Homeland Security to advise them of these threats, Eckley advised they had not and that he simply cancelled the conference instead. Eckley also cited threats from callers advising they would show up and protest against the event, however, refused to cite who these calls were from or what groups/protesters would be present.
The Board of Directors of the Tennessee Freedom Coalition and the Sharia Awareness Action Network (SAAN) are committed to securing another site and holding the November 11, 2011 Preserving Freedom Conference event as planned. There will be more information available soon, but we must do what we can to hold this hotel accountable for
this decision to limit the free speech of law-abiding citizens. You may contact the hotel by calling 615.340.9333 or contact the Hutton Hotel Manager via email to Steven Andre at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell them you support the United States Constitution and NOT Islamic Sharia law.
Anti-Shariah conference loses Nashville hotel home
Group claims free speech is threatened after Nashville hotel cancels contract
A Nashville hotel has canceled its contract with an anti-Shariah conference out of fear the event could attract protests and disrupt business.
Organizers of the Preserving Freedom conference, who include Lou Ann Zelenik of the Tennessee Freedom Coalition, had planned to meet Nov. 11 at the Hutton Hotel in Nashville.
Hotel management said they received complaints about the event from the public and from their clients. Steve Eckley, senior vice president of hotels for Amerimar Enterprises, which owns the Hutton, said he wasn’t aware of the details of the conference until recently.
“If this group had let us know what kind of program they were planning and who was involved, we wouldn’t have booked it,” Eckley said.
Zelenik said her group is being censored for opposing radical Islam, and the hotel’s action shows Shariah law is a threat to free speech.
“I feel the Hutton is now under Shariah law,” she said.
Among the event’s scheduled speakers are Atlas Shrugs blogger Pamela Geller; Murfreesboro mosque opponent and Center for Security Policy President Frank Gaffney; and former Republican Rep. Fred Grandy, who played the character Gopher on the popular TV series The Love Boat. Read more here.