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Muslim groups, Hispanic advocates, gays aim to shut down Maryland conservative conference

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      Kenneth R. Timmerman is an investigative reporter, author, and President/CEO of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran. His books and an illustrated bio are available at KenTimmerman.com.

CAIR and other Muslim groups used similar tactics to convince the Hyatt hotel in Sugarland, Texas to cancel a tea party event on October 18. Author Pamela Geller, a vocal critic of Islamist movements, was scheduled to speak at that event.

Pressure from CAIR and its allies caused the hotel to cancel the event just hours before it was supposed to be held, forcing the organizers to rent another conference room at the last minute.

And on Monday the Hutton Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. reportedly confirmed that it would not honor a contract to host another conservative conference, this one organized by the Shariah Action Network. The event was scheduled for Nov. 11 and had already provided the hotel with more than $8,000 in deposits.

Gaffney, Geller, and Grandy were scheduled to speak at the Nashville event. On her blog, Geller wrote, “We are currently awaiting the written notification of the cancellation.”

Ali says he has sent his latest letter to the DoubleTree hotel in Annapolis, and has left telephone messages — so far without any response. “I’m wondering why they would take an active roll in advancing bigotry,” he told The Daily Caller on Monday.

“This is just exactly the same as if the Ku Klux Klan is coming to town and the Double-Tree hotel decided to host them,” Ali said. “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.”

“It’s absolutely false,” Ali claimed, that CAIR, MPAC and other Muslim groups are promoting Shariah law in America. “There is no evidence of that whatsoever.”

Gaffney isn’t convinced. “Sadly the United States government is acceding increasingly to such demands,” he told the DC. “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.”

Ali said he had read “parts” of the Center for Security Policy’s report, “Shariah: the Threat to America,” and found it to be “factually incorrect.”

“Somebody who says the Republican Party has been infiltrated by Muslims, that Grover Norquist is a Muslim somehow, pushing Islamic Shariah, is bigotry.”

Ali would not reveal whether he and his supporters intended to picket the Annapolis event on Saturday.

This article was edited after publication to clarify that Mrs. Catherine Grandy was not an employee of WMAL radio, but a guest on the show her husband co-hosted until March 2011.