Sunday, December 04, 2005

I Will No Longer
Book Business Travel
At The Marriot

I do a fair amount of business travel, as a regular reader of this blog may have noticed. And, often, I stay at the Marriot. Well, that will no longer happen.


Because, the Marriott recently refused to host a conference held by Brigitte Gabriel, a Lebanese woman who tells the truth about her experience as a Christian woman in Muslim Lebanon. But, then they turned right around and booked a conference with the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which will include a guest speaker who is an alleged co-conspiritor in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

Here is some info on Brigitte Gabriel.

Here is some info on Imam Siraj Wahhaj:

And not only is CAIR heading this “banquet,” but its bringing an alleged coconspirator of a terrorist operation, Siraj Wahhaj, to speak at the event as well!

Wahhaj is the imam of the At-Taqwa Mosque, in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. But that’s not all he’s known for. Siraj Wahhaj’s claim to fame is that his name appears on a list of 171 potential coconspirators of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. The bombing, which resulted in the murders of six people, was part of a larger conspiracy that had targeted numerous landmarks and businesses throughout New York City.

Prior to the bombing, the leader of the ’93 conspiracy, Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman (a.k.a. the Blind Sheikh), worshipped at Wahhaj’s mosque and was a featured speaker there. It was no strange occurrence that Wahhaj came forward as a character witness for Abdel Rahman during the trial against the Sheikh. He took the stand and lauded Abdel Rahman, describing him as a “respected scholar.”

Another worshipper at his mosque and convicted member of the bomb plot was Clement Rodney Hampton-El. Wahhaj described Hampton-El as being “one of the most respected brothers [of his congregation].”

Given all of this information (and much that did not make it into this article), why would the Marriott permit this event to take place?