Dutch Parliamentarian Geert Wilders was set to appear this weekend at a conference on Western Culture and the rising threat from Radical Islam, scheduled for the Loew’s Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville. But Managing Director Thomas A. Negri cancelled the entire conference upon learning that Wilders would be a speaker.
New English Review: Cultural Libertarian Warriors
The Conference was sponsored by the New English Review, a traditional English Literary society. Their website features opinion pieces celebrating Western Cultural values and reviews works of English literature. The Society takes an unabashedly Pro-English language stance.
The site is the project of the World Encounter Institute, which is:
a non-profit corporation dedicated to defending the values of Western civilization, including the freedom of the arts and music, women’s and children’s rights, the abolition of slavery worldwide and the defense of the Constitution of the United States of America through research, publications and educational outreach.The Society Editor is retired Medical Doctor Theodore Dalrymple of London. Dr. Dalrymple has written for National Review, The Spectator, The Daily Telegraph and the Cato Institute. He's also a contributing Scholar for the free market Manhattan Institute. He is active with Britain's Libertarian Alliance (video of his speech to LA conf.).
In a review of his book "The Politics and Culture of Decline," the Washington Times Paul Hollander wrote in 2007:
Theodore Dalrymple is a prolific British author of wide-ranging interests whose previous book, "In Praise of Prejudice," I reviewed on these pages in November 2007. He may best be described as a culture critic and essayist, but he has also written several unusual and riveting travel books, erudite literary criticism and books about health issues since he also happens to be an M.D. and psychiatrist. In the latter capacity, he worked in a British prison for many years and acquired firsthand knowledge of present-day social pathologies...Society stands up against Political Correctness in the English language
The Society is also known for having defended London's iconoclast and often times "libertarian" Mayor Boris Johnson against charges of using politically incorrect speech. Johnson was castigaged by Leftists for using the term "Bollocks," (cow's balls in British lingo) at a City Council meeting. The Society was one of his most ardent defenders.
Wilders was set to give a talk and a screening of his film Fitna, at the invitation of the society. Many American liberals have sought to ban the film as too "offensive" to Islam, and keep it from being shown at various venues.
Nashville Hotel may have just snubbed the next Prime Minister of the Netherlands
NewsMax reports that Negri cancelled the conference immediately upon learning of Wilder's attendance, "for the health, safety and well-being of our guests and employees." Though, the hotel management admits no threats to security over Wilders' appearance were received.
New revelations emerging indicate that Negri may have had another agenda.
According to NewsMax:
Negri serves on the board of advisors of the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, TIRRC, an activist group that states its mission “is to empower immigrants and refugees throughout Tennessee to develop a unified voice” and “defend their rights.”Additionally, Negri appears to have ties to local Somali immigrant groups, and was even a speaker at a Pro-Immigration Rally for Muslim Somali immigrants in Nashville in 2003.
The group boasts of having helped to defeat an “English only” amendment this January that would have required all Nashville government communications to be in English.
Earlier this month, the group won an award from the Migration Policy Institute, which is funded by grants form the J.M. Kaplan Fund, a left-wing group that also funds the ACLU, the Tides Foundation, the Tides Center, the Sierra Club, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and other left-wing causes.
The very latest polls out of the Netherlands indicate that Wilder's Freedom Party, holds a narrow lead over the Christian Democrats, 27 Members of Parliament seats to 26. Elections are set for June. Ironically, by late June, MP Wilders could very well be the next Prime Minister of The Netherlands.
This story received a link from Memeorandum. The site listed LR and Pamela Geller's Atlas Shrugs, as the two blogs covering the story.