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Judging from the reader comments, the folks at New English Review
and their sympathizers were none too thrilled with our preview of their symposium "Understanding the Jihad in Israel, Europe and America,"
which was scheduled to be held at Nashville's Loews Vanderbilt this weekend. (Epithets such as "multicultural fool," "f&cking hypocrite," "uneducated arrogant pompous fool," "jackshit suckass" and "Mr. Silverdouche" come to mind.)
Now it seems that Loews Vanderbilt has pulled the plug on the symposium, whose lineup includes a variety of speakers who all share the view that Islam is inherently evil and is the root of all our problems. (Apparently it hasn't occurred to these folks that by making such absurd generalizations--in essence, suggesting that all Muslims are radical extremists or terrorists who want you dead--they're playing right into the extremists' hands, providing them with more fodder for recruitment, and alienating moderate Muslims with whom we should be seeking to improve relations.)
From a blog post at New English Review titled "Loews Bows to Intimidation"
The hotel that was hosting our symposium has bowed to intimidation. They cancelled our plans due to concerns for the "health, safety and welfare of their employees and other guests."
According to the New English Review's symposium schedule
, the event "will be held at an [sic] secure, undisclosed location."
When called by the Scene
, Loews Vanderbilt had no comment, which leaves the cause for the cancellation open to speculation. Did Loews get threatening emails or calls? Did they figure out what the symposium was about, and fear alienating guests and employees who may be Muslim? Or did they just decide they didn't want to have anything to do with these agents of intolerance? It's anyone's guess.
In related news, the Scene
was thrilled to learn we were featured on the blog Bare Naked Islam
, whose slogan is, "It isn't Islamophobia when they really ARE trying to kill you." Another feather in our cap.