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Yet another anti-Shariah conference threatened

Doubletree Hotel, Annapolis, Md.

The venues for two events presenting the advancement of Islamic law in the U.S. and the Western world already have backed out in just the past week, and now a conference in Maryland faces cancellation if a former Democratic state lawmaker and the many Islamic advocacy groups that support him have their way.

Saqib Ali, a former member of the Maryland state legislature, has published an open letter charging that the speakers for a conference to be hosted by the Maryland Conservative Action on Saturday in Annapolis, Md., include “the nation’s leading Islamophobes,” the Daily Caller reported.

Ali’s letter, which also criticized Republican lawmakers who have agreed to address the conference, has been officially endorsed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Muslim Public Affairs Council, the Islamic Society of Annapolis, CASA de Maryland and Equality Maryland, a group that promotes same-sex marriage.

“Unfortunately, instead of inviting legitimate conservative speakers, MDCAN has instead chosen speakers who are well-known conspiracy theorists, McCarthyites, racists and anti-Muslim fanatics,” Ali wrote, according to the Daily Caller.

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Meanwhile, as WND reported yesterday, amid threats of violence, the corporate office of a Nashville hotel canceled an agreement to host the Shariah Action Network’s Preserving Freedom Conference, scheduled for Nov. 11. Two of the speakers lined up for the Nashville event – Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy and former actor and congressman Fred Gandy and his wife Catherine – are also scheduled to speak at the Maryland event, at the Doubletree Hotel in Annapolis.

Ali’s open letter, the Daily Caller reported, criticized Gaffney, a defense official in the Reagan administration, and the Grandys for “actively promot[ing] the idea that American Muslims are trying to secretly subvert the Constitution by implementing ‘Creeping Shariah.'”

In addition, WND reported that the Hyatt Place Hotel in Sugar Land, Texas, near Houston, canceled a tea party event Oct. 18 featuring Geller after complaints reportedly by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR.

Another speaker planned for the Maryland conference is former FBI executive John Guandolo, who leads training classes in Islamic law for state and local law enforcement officials.

The Nashville conference, which is co-sponsored by WND, features Robert Spencer, author of 10 books about Islam and director of Jihad Watch, and Pamela Geller, a WND columnist, editor of the blog Atlas Shrugs and author of the book “Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance.”

Stephen Eckley, senior vice president of hotels for Amerimar Enterprises in Denver – the Hutton Hotel in Nashville’s managing corporation, told WND it was his decision to cancel the Nashville event, citing “veiled threats that there were going to be protests that could easily erupt into violence.”

Grandy already has encountered opposition for his assertion that the U.S. is threatened by the spread of radical Islamic law at home. He claims WMAL radio in Washington, D.C., forced him and his wife to quit their morning talk show because of controversial remarks about Islam.

The Daily Caller reported Ali tried to shut down a similar event hosted by the Chevy Chase, Md., Republican Women’s Club at which Grandy and his wife spoke last month. The sold-out event went ahead as planned, however, and none of the promised picketers showed up.

Hutton Hotel in Nashville

Gaffney called Ali’s actions “standard operating procedure for CAIR and other Muslim Brotherhood front groups.”

“They are trying to impose what are known as Shariah blasphemy laws, whereby anyone who says anything critical about Islam, no matter how true, is to be silenced,” he told the Daily Caller. “It is actually a capital offense.”

Ali charged that the Maryland conference is “just exactly the same as if the Ku Klux Klan is coming to town and the Doubletree Hotel decided to host them.”

“To say that Muslim-Americans are trying to subvert the U.S. constitution through Sharia law is ridiculous and is just a way to set up anti-Muslim bigotry,” he said.

Claims that CAIR, MPAC and other Muslim groups are promoting Islamic law in America are “absolutely false,” he declared. “There is no evidence of that whatsoever.”

Gaffney, however, insisted that there is ample evidence that the U.S. government “is acceding increasingly to such demands.”

“This is becoming an epidemic of Shariah blasphemy enforcement by hotel chains. It’s all the more reason why this conference must go forward. It is indeed the time to call out Shariah promoters, and I hope to do it myself.”

CAIR has sued the co-author of a WND Books expose, “Muslim Mafia,” which uses primary source material to document its founding as a front for the Muslim Brotherhood, the parent of terrorist groups such as al-Qaida and Hamas.

CAIR founder Nihad Ahmad reportedly told a group of Muslims in Northern California in 1998 that they are in America not to assimilate, but to help assert Islam’s rule over the country.

“Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant,” a local reporter paraphrased him as saying. “The Quran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.”

Ahmad insists he was misquoted. However, the reporter stands by her story, and an FBI wiretap transcript quotes Ahmad agreeing with terrorist suspects gathered at the secret Philadelphia meeting to “camouflage” their true intentions.

He compared it to the head fake in basketball.

“This is like one who plays basketball: He makes a player believe that he is doing this, while he does something else,” Ahmad said. “I agree with you. Like they say, politics is a completion of war.”

Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR’s communications director, also has expressed a desire to overturn the U.S. system of government in favor of an Islamic state.

“I wouldn’t want to create the impression that I wouldn’t like the government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future,” Hooper said in a 1993 interview with the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “But I’m not going to do anything violent to promote that. I’m going to do it through education.”

Rogues gallery of terror-tied CAIR leaders

As former FBI agent Mike Rolf acknowledges in “Muslim Mafia,” “CAIR has had a number of people in positions of power within the organization that have been directly connected to terrorism and have either been prosecuted or thrown out of the country.” According to another FBI veteran familiar with recent and ongoing cases involving CAIR officials, “Their offices have been a turnstile for terrorists and their supporters.”

A review of the public record, including federal criminal court documents, past IRS 990 tax records and Federal Election Commission records detailing donor occupations, reveals that CAIR has been associated with a disturbing number of convicted terrorists or felons in terrorism probes, as well as suspected terrorists and active targets of terrorism investigations. The list is long and includes:

FBI agents arresting CAIR founding director Ghassan Elashi in 2002.

The CAIR legal attack on WND’s author is far from over. WND needs your help in supporting the defense of “Muslim Mafia” co-author P. David Gaubatz, as well as his investigator son Chris, against CAIR’s lawsuit. The book’s revelations have led to formal congressional demands for three different federal investigations of CAIR. In the meantime, however, someone has to defend these two courageous investigators who have, at great personal risk, revealed so much about this dangerous group. Although WND has procured the best First Amendment attorneys in the country for their defense, we can’t do it without your help. Please donate to WND’s Legal Defense Fund now.