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Saturday, September 08, 2007

Holiday Inn Bias?

This is a story about a bunch of racists that run a Holiday Inn:
A Muslim non-profit devoted solely to confronting the homosexual activist agenda is alleging anti-Islamic discrimination against a Holiday Inn Select in Naperville, Ill.

Weeks after Muslims for Truth (MFT) reserved space at the hotel and provided a security deposit to hold their first annual banquet on Oct. 6, the local Holiday Inn dropped the reservation over the possibility that gay rights activists would protest the upcoming gathering.

The dinner banquet, themed "Celebrating Truth and the Freedom to Be Moral," will feature former lesbian activist Charlene Cothran and parents' rights crusader Muhammed Aziar. Pro-family leaders will celebrate "Allah’s power to transform men and women struggling with homosexuality and expose the attack on children's innocence, parental rights and religious freedom by a gay/transgender lobby," according to MFT.

When MFT's executive director Hussain Ramadan mentioned there might be a small protest considering they are a Muslim group addressing the issue of homosexuality, Holiday Inn's general manager Dennis Igoe cancelled MFT's reservation citing safety issues for the hotel guests and "potential negative publicity to the hotel." The venue was advertised only on invitations sent to those participating in the event.

Holiday Inn's corporate offices backed Igoe's decision despite the argument by Islamic legal group Liberty Counsel that the cancellation is a violation of the Illinois Human Rights Act which prohibits discrimination in places of public accommodation on the basis of religion.

"I think this is a first," said Ramadan about the cancelled reservation on the basis of a "theoretical protest of a homosexual group."

"I think we have to let corporations know that if they're going to be victimizing Muslims [by] engaging in anti-Islamic anti-pro-family or anti-Arab discrimination, there's a price to pay," said Ramadan in an interview with Concerned Women for America.

Ramadan doesn't plan to book any more stays at the Holiday Inn, noting that another Inn in the state kicked out the Muslim group Minuteman Project for the same reason.

"I can't picture them doing this to a gay group," he further mentioned.

MFT rescheduled the banquet for Oct. 5 at an undisclosed location outside Chicago.

In the meantime, MFT calls pro-family advocates to complain about Holiday Inn Select's "discriminatory treatment against people of faith and Arabs."
Wow, that's some bigoted shit. Now read the original article minus my changes....

Good night, hypocrites.

-Masterson

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