A Madison, Tennessee, house of worship has agreed to be the site of an anti-Shariah conference on November 11.
Cornerstone Church agreed to host the initiative after a Nashville hotel terminated its contract to be the conference facility for the Shariah Awareness Action Network's controversial event.
According to the Christian Post, Pastor Maury Davis says that the church agreed to rent the space to the group, because the event will serve as an educational experience. Daves also says that he knows some of the speakers and that they are "very reputable people."
“I don’t believe informative speech or educational speech is hate speech,” he said. “I want to know what is Sharia law, how did it come about, what does it mean and how is it implemented – just as a citizen and as a Christian, what is Sharia law?"
The event, called, "Preserving Freedom Conference: The Constitution or Sharia?," will address these very issues. According to a web site for the conference, it will provide information about Shariah Law and its incompatibility with U.S. Constitutional law. Additionally, the conference will address the potential dangers that Shariah law poses to the American lifestyle.
"Conference has moved ... The Hutton Hotel refuses to honor its contract because they want to be "sensitive" to Islamists and Jihadists who have threatened their property," reads a statement on the group's registration site. "A new conference the same day at a greatly reduced price of just $20.00 will be held at the Cornerstone Church..."
Lou Ann Zelenik, an organizer of the conference and a former congressional candidate, claims that she was turned down by 20 hotels after trying to find a new location after the hotel cut the event. "There was no room in the inn for freedom, but Pastor Maury Davis of Cornerstone Church opened his doors for free speech," said Zelenik.
According to UPI, "Organizer William Murray said 300 people have signed up for the event, more than had registered before the cancellation." Here's a list of speakers who will attend and present at the event:
Pamela Geller, who runs the popular Atlas Shrugs blog, canceled her appearance once the venue was moved. She claimed that, though she isn't opposed to speaking in a house of worship, she was upset that her voice had been silences in the public square.
"While I have nothing against speaking in a church per se, I refuse to have my message driven from the public square...Right now I'm more concerned with the marginalization and ghettoizing of our message of freedom," Geller wrote in an email. "I am not going to consent to the attempts of the left and Islamic supremacists to drive our defense of freedom from public spaces."
(H/T: Christian Post)