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Marriott under fire for hosting ‘anti-Muslim hate group’

Hotel chain will host ACT for America’s annual conference earlier this week

Pictured: Crystal Gateway Marriott

Hotel chain Marriott has come under fire for hosting the annual conference of a not-for-profit organisation some have called ‘the nation’s largest anti-Muslim hate group’.

ACT for America met at the Crystal Gateway Marriot, in Virginia, four miles away from the White House, October 2-3, despite calls for the hotelier to cancel the event.

The association, whose website carries a non-discrimination and anti-violence policy, claims to ‘fight’ for America’s national security interests against the forces of ‘political correctness’.

It described the event as ‘the nation’s largest national security-focused grass-roots gathering’.

ACT for America is classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors extremist groups throughout the US, but boasts 750,000 members in 1,000 chapters.

Its founder Brigitte Gabriel is cited as a leading terrorism expert who has addressed the United Nations, Congress and members of the British Houses of Parliament, amongst others.

A Marriot spokesman said: “We are a hospitality company that provides public accommodations and function space. Acceptance of business does not indicate support or endorsement of any group or individual.”

Muslim Advocates, a civil rights group, sent a letter to Arne Sorenson, Marriott’s president and chief executive, asking him to reconsider the company’s stance on the event.

“Marriott clearly and proudly states on its website that ‘diversity and inclusion is fundamental to our core values and strategic business goals,’?” the letter said. “We believe that hosting this anti-Muslim convention is antithetical to this otherwise clear commitment.”

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