Anti-Islam Group Loses Nashville Event Venue

Oct 25, 2011

(AP) A Nashville hotel has canceled a conference by the Sharia Awareness Action Network.

 The Hutton Hotel, near downtown, says it was concerned the speakers include "extremists" with a history of contentious events.

The "Preserving Freedom Conference" had been scheduled for Nov. 11.  The hotel says it has to be, "mindful of the safety, security and peace of mind of its guests."

The hotel cited reports by the Anti-Defamation League and Southern Poverty Law Center about speakers Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer of the group Stop Islamization of America, adding that they have a history of controversy.

A post on Geller's website says the hotel had "caved to Islamic supremacist demands" and urged supporters to call the hotel's management to complain.