Christian university backs out of hosting Beavers event criticized as anti-Muslim

Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville has decided against serving as the location of an event organized by Republican gubernatorial candidate/former state Sen. Mae Beavers and criticized by some  as having anti-Muslim event, reports The Tennessean.

The Jan. 25 “Homeland Security Summit” will feature three speakers known by critics for espousing anti-Muslim views, including Bill French, who is listed on promotional materials under his pen name “Bill Warner,” Cathy Hinners and John Guandolo.

“It’s kind of a who’s who of Islamaphobes,” said Ibrahim Hooper, communications director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, known as CAIR.

“The themes are always the same – Muslims are about to take over the country and install sharia in place of the Constitution, and mosques are hotbeds of extremism.”

…”Throughout our history, Trevecca has consistently offered political candidates of both parties the opportunity to use our campus for events,” according to the statement from spokeswoman Mandy Crow….  “However, a recent event tentatively scheduled to be held on our campus appears to have an agenda beyond a political campaign. This event would distract from our commitment to community building, education, and support of a diverse enrollment. Our agenda of Christian education in the heart of Nashville requires that we serve the best interests of this mission. For this reason, the planned event will not be held on Trevecca’s campus.”

…Beavers, 70, is an alumna of the university… In response to CAIR’s criticism of the event’s speakers, Beavers noted that the Muslim advocacy group had been designated a terrorist group by the United Arab Emirates and alleged the organization was involved in “terrorism in the Holy Land.”

The U.S. government does not deem CAIR a terror group.

In an interview about the summit, Beavers said she decided to organize the event because she is concerned about illegal immigration and that Americans and Tennesseans “don’t know who is coming here.”

Though Beavers said the event is on “homeland security” in general, all the speakers featured during the summit express a clear focus on Islam.

“I think Islam is a threat to our country,” Beavers said in response to whether she was against the religion, before adding that she believes “Islam is a political agenda.”

See also Tennessee Star’s story, under the headline, Trevecca University Caves to Radical Muslims at CAIR, Cancels Mae Beavers Event.

And here’s Beavers’ press release:

Trevecca Nazarene University has cancelled a scheduled event on its campus hosted by Tennessee Republican candidate for Governor Mae Beavers, who is a graduate of the University, after claims by the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) that the agenda of the meeting was anti-Islam. The Homeland Security Sum-mit was scheduled to take place at Trevecca Nazarene  University in Nashville from 6:30-9 pm on January 25th. The Summit was slated to include presentations by experts on the threats to Ameri-can communities posed by radical political Islam, including Dr. Bill Warner, retired police officer and founder of Cathy Hinners and former U.S. military officer and founder of John Guandolo.

Earlier this week, Ibrahim Hooper, Executive Director of CAIR distributed an email criticizing the event — and John Guandolo specifically — as part of its Islamaphobia Watch project.  CAIR was an unindicted co-conspirator in the terror finance trial of the Holy Land Foundation and has been formally designated as a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates.

In response to the announcement by Trevecca Nazerene University President Dan Boone cancel-ling the event, conservative Republican candidate for Governor Mae Beavers said:

“The best indication that the Homeland Security Summit is both necessary and important is the fact that CAIR doesn’t like it. CAIR consistently opposes efforts to improve our security and protect our communities from terror attacks that are the weapon of choice of radical political Islam. Being the target of criticism from CAIR is a badge of honor, particularly when they never find any basis to criticize other Republican candidates for Governor who all apparently meet with their approval.”

“Nevertheless, I am very disappointed that Trevecca would cancel our Summit based on com-plaints from CAIR. CAIR seeks to silence any and all voices that do not bow to their claim that Islam is “peaceful and tolerant.” Sadly, the Yazdi women and children in Iraq who were targets of ISIS, the Coptic Christians in Egypt, the 300 killed by Al-Shabbab in Somalia in October, the dozens of victims at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, the 14 murdered at a Christmas party in San Bernardino, and the five service members murdered by Mohammed Abdulazeez in CHATTANOOGA, as just a few examples, might disagree with CAIR’s propaganda campaign. CAIR and the Southern Poverty Law Center are much more focused on designating and si-lencing any speech they disagree with as ‘hate speech’ rather than confronting and condemn-ing the truly evil and hateful ACTIONS that are produced by political Islam and which they condone.”

“I grew up practically on the campus of Trevecca Nazarene University. I went to elementary school there. I graduated from college there. My husband attended college there. My dad and uncle brought the lumber from my granddaddy’s sawmill in Alabama to build the McClurkan Building,” Beavers adds. “Today Trevecca has abandoned Biblical principles in order embrace political correctness and promote the interests of those who deny Christ and stand opposed to everything the University has represented in the past.”

4 Responses to Christian university backs out of hosting Beavers event criticized as anti-Muslim

  • Pamela DeMatteo-Linn says:

    These comments from Mae Beavers just show how out of step she is with the people of Tennessee.

  • Billy says:

    I too am a alumni of trevecca university. I’m appalled how what once was a Christian university has become a podium for liberalism and political correctness. When it’s leaders put importance in the green agenda and global warming instead of researching why nazarene churches are closing their doors left and right, there might
    Be a need for concern as the direction the university is going. Another Christian university blending into secular society. Nice job guys. You’re gaining the whole world!

  • Dam The Beavers says:

    Mae, I’m an atheist and I “deny Christ.” Does that make me a terrorist, also? What a warped, twisted, mind sits in her skull. Kudos to Trevecca for acting appropriately in the face of blind ignorance.

  • Michael Lottman says:

    It is true that this issue suggests some possible free-speech issues, but I think the evidence is pretty clear that the groups invited do not serve the stated purposes of the event or the broader purposes of the university. I am no expert on Islamic politics, but I have seen and read statements of CAIR for many years and it has never crossed my mind that the group was in any sense a terrorist organization. This event may have been well-intentioned to begin with, but I think it got off the track somewhere and may have been the victim of bad advice.

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