An evangelical university in Tennessee canceled a summit on Islam hosted by a Republican candidate for governor in response to criticism that the speakers were anti-Muslim.
The Homeland Security Summit, scheduled for Jan. 25 at Trevecca Nazarene University, was to feature speakers such as Bill French (a.k.a. Bill Warner), Cathy Hinners and John Guandolo.
Ibrahim Hooper, the chief spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations — a Washington, D.C.-based group designated by an Arab Gulf state as a terrorist organization — condemned the speakers as a “who’s who of Islamophobes,” according to The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville.
However, CAIR was a spinoff of a group that, according to FBI wiretap evidence, was a front for the Muslim Brotherhood. CAIR itself was designated by the Department of Justice as an unindicted co-conspirator in a plot to fund Hamas. CAIR also was designated by the United Arab Emirates as a terrorist organization. The group has sued a co-author of a WND Books exposé, “Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America,” which documented the group’s ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
French, The Tennessean reported, tweeted Thursday that the summit, hosted by former state senator Mae Beavers, “has now been cancelled thanks to the stealthy work” of CAIR and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Trevecca spokeswoman Mandy Crow told the Nashville paper the event appears to have an agenda beyond a political campaign. Crow argued that agenda would distract from the university’s commitment to community building, education and support of diverse enrollment.
Beavers, one of five major Republicans and two Democrats running for governor, said Trevecca “abandoned biblical principles in order embrace political correctness.”
WND reported in 2011 a conference in Nashville on countering the rise of Shariah in the United States was forced to find a new venue after threats of violence from Muslims caused the host hotel to cancel.