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October 3, 2017

Anti-Muslim Conference at Marriott Hotel Draws Controversy

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Legal advocacy and educational organization Muslim Advocates is condemning an anti-Muslim gathering by Act for America, hosted at a Marriott hotel in Crystal City, Virginia

“After years of toiling on the fringes of society, Act for America is now trying to capitalize on a surge of energy from the emboldened white supremacist movement and by a new set of friends in the White House,” Muslim Advocates said in a written statement. “We cannot let them continue to try mainstreaming their message of hate. The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated them as a hate group, because they push wild anti-Muslim conspiracy theories and believe that Muslims ‘cannot be loyal citizens of the United States.’
“We’re dismayed that Marriott International has decided to ignore the many Americans and their customers who have called upon to take a stand against this hate convention. Many leading companies have decided that they don’t want to be a platform for hate, including Marriott’s direct competitors Airbnb, the Willard Hotel, and Sofitel and major companies like PayPal, Spotify, Apple, GoDaddy, and Google. We hope that, in the future, Marriott will decide to be a hate-free hotel for the good of its employees and customers.”

The conference, ACTCON ’17, took place October 2 – 3 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia

“The fact that they’re having a meeting with us, or using our hotel, obviously in no respect means we support their point of view or that we’ve made a judgment about their point of view,” Arne Sorenson, president and CEO of Marriott, told the New York Times. “I shudder to think that we really expect that my role, or that Marriott’s role is going to be to say, ‘You know what? Your views are not acceptable in our hotels, and her views are.’” 


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