A Muslim advocacy organization dubbed Muslim Advocates recently demanded that the Marriott International ban Act for America from holding its annual conference at the hotel. Best of all? The Muslim rights group cited inclusion as the reason for requesting that an entire group of people be banned from the hotel.
Fortunately, Marriott has not capitulated and Act's conference is slated to proceed as originally planned.
Travel Weekly reports:
Act for America is scheduled to hold its conference, ACTCON 2017, on Oct. 2 and 3 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia. Saying there "should be no room for hate at Marriott hotels," Muslim Advocates has pressured Marriott to force out Act for America. However, Marriott indicated the event will be held as planned.
Muslim Advocates calls Act for America a "hate group." Act for America describes itself as an advocacy group that "stands for the protection of the United States of America and the Western values upon which our nation was built."
Act for America, which claims to have 750,000 members, touts its conference as "the nation's largest national security-focused grassroots gathering." The conference theme is "United Against Terror."
Muslim Advocates said it previously sent a letter to Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson urging him to cancel the Crystal Gateway Marriott's commitment to host the convention. The group suggested Marriott was hypocritical for doing business with an anti-Islam group while "trumpeting its commitment to dignity for all people" in its "Golden Rule" TV ad campaign.
Scott Simpson, Muslim Advocates' public advocacy director, said, "Hosting the nation's largest anti-Muslim gathering ... is clearly incompatible with the values of our nation, of Marriott's customers, and of Marriott's own stated commitment to inclusion."
"We are a hospitality company that provides public accommodations and function space," said a Marriott spokesperson. "Acceptance of business does not indicate support or endorsement of any group or individual."
Let's hope that view holds up come October 2nd.