Preserving Freedom Conference a Success
The Constitution or Sharia Conference in Nashville, Tennessee on November 11, 2011 was a great success with far more participants than would have been possible at the original venue at the Hutton Hotel. Just two weeks prior to the conference the Hutton Hotel refused to honor the contract it had signed with the Sharia Awareness Action Network. The Hutton Hotel had determined that it would benefit financially from becoming sharia compliant. Sharia law forbids any critical voice against Islam.
Almost 500 attended the daylong conference at the Cornerstone Church in Madison, just outside Nashville, while only 300 were anticipated previously at the Hutton Hotel. In addition about 1,000 attended the evening portion of the Constitution or Sharia Conference.
The conference was truly an international event. Barrister Paul Diamond from the United Kingdom spoke of the Islamization of London and his struggle in the courts to represent Christians whose rights have been taken from them. He presented the case of British Airlines which permits employees to wear Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and other religious clothing, but prohibits them from wearing any cross or other item identifying them as Christians. The courts actually upheld British Airlines’ right to discriminate against Christians. Diamond has founded Christian Concern in the United Kingdom to assist Christians who are persecuted as the United Kingdom becomes more Muslim oriented. Reverend Mark Durie, an Australian Anglican Priest and scholar, discussed the Australian fight against Sharia.
Dr. Justin Akujieze, a Nigerian, discussed the horrid oppression in Nigeria as one Christian village after another has been destroyed and entire states have been declared Sharia compliant. Tens of thousands of Christians, particularly Igbo Christians have been murdered since 1975.
Most panels were concerned with the United States and the current struggle to deal with Sharia law at a time when the entire liberal elite and mainstream media encourage compliance. A legal panel dealt with “lawfare,” both in defense and offense against the advance of Sharia in America. A legislative panel discussed how to initiate legislation to protect our rights versus Sharia. Noted women’s rights activist Wafa Sultan told of the horrid abuse of women under Sharia. She noted that Muslim women in America should have the same rights as other women and that separate domestic courts using Sharia law should not be allowed as they are in the United Kingdom.
Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy used a Power Point to demonstrate the infiltration of the Muslim Brotherhood into the highest levels of governments. Former FBI agent John Guandolo also presented aspects of the Muslim Brotherh’s operation of influence on the George W. Bush and Barack Obama Administrations.
The evening session included keynote remarks by me, Pastor Daury Davis, Paul Diamond and by Brigitte Gabriel who discussed her terrible childhood in Lebanon during a period of Muslim aggression in which she and her family had to live in a bomb shelter for years. She discussed her fight to overcome the advance of radical Islam in the United States.
World Net Daily reported extensively on the entire conference.
DVD’s of the conference will be available soon.
I had the occasion to work for a Muslim employer from 1976-1978 in Downsview, Ontario at a sign company doing their layouts and darkroom work and generally everything went okay although I received only a 25 cent raise over the two years I worked there on a four day work week with Fridays usually off. On one or two occasions the old man who did the books came in furious that I had missed some “typos” that had been typeset by an outside company which didn’t look like mistakes. They also had an office that was off limits which I suspect carried Islamic literature and the ones I did see carried a list of Arabic sounding names (e.g. Ibrahim). My father figured the sign company may have been a front for an Islamic organization although I knew the old man Ayube Ally was president of the Ontario Muslim Association. His Son and daughter in law seemed a bit more friendly and when they mentioned a closure for a holy day I mentioned I had one coming up too – Christmas. My father himself had been in the Middle East in his younger years as a commercial merchant seaman but that’s another story.