Here we go again—free speech being challenged this time with a blast from the Anti-Defamation League. Kind of a misnomer don’t you think as they are busily defaming those with whom they disagree!
Here is the (first?) attack on the MDCAN conference scheduled for January 12th in Annapolis.
A conference sponsored by the Maryland Conservative Action Network is due to take place in Annapolis on January 12, 2013. The conference, titled “Turning the Tides 2013” brings together many of the main anti-immigrant voices in the state as well as some speakers known for their anti-Muslim statements and associations.
The conference is the latest example of anti-immigrant activity in Maryland. Anti-immigrant activists were instrumental in gathering enough signatures to put a measure on the ballot in the November 2012 election seeking to undo a law that granted in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants at public colleges in the state. The in-state tuition bill was originally signed into law in 2011. Despite the efforts of anti-immigrant activists, a majority of Maryland voters voted in favor of granting in-state tuition. Many of the anti-immigrant activists involved in getting the issue on the ballot are due to speak at the January 12 conference.
The ADL then proceeds to train their guns on Brad Botwin, Pamela Geller, Neil Parrott and Diana West. Check out what they say about them here.
Unfortunately Brad Botwin will not be with us, but Paul Mendez, another very able leader of Help Save Maryland, will take his place. Ironically, Pamela Geller will be speaking about threats to free speech! How funny is that—with their name-calling they are attempting to silence speech and thus make Geller’s point before she even gives her presentation. We would never in a million years tell the ADL (or CAIR for that matter) who they should or should not have at a conference—it’s still a free country last I checked.
Here is the list of topics and speakers for the January 12th Annapolis conference:
In Defense of Free Speech
Post-Election National Security
War on the Suburbs: Regional Equity
Marta Mossburg (Moderator), Stanley Kurtz, Commissioner Richard Rothschild, Commissioner Blaine Young
War on Jobs: Obamacare and Illegal Immigration
Paul Mendez (Moderator), Tom Fitton, Del. Nic Kipke
Changing the Political Ground Game in Maryland
Kari Snyder (Moderator), Dan Bongino, Del. Neil Parrott, Ken Timmerman
Energy: Myths and Reality
Andrew Langer (Moderator), Myron Ebell, Steve Milloy, Mark Newgent
The Cheated Generation
Jimmie Bise (Moderator), Brandon Cooper, Gabriella Hoffman, Trae Lewis, Brian Meshkin
Tonya Tiffany (Moderator), Cathy Kelleher, Doug Mainwaring, Paul Mendez, David Spielman, and more
Words of Encouragement
To register for the conference and for biographies of speakers (not the ADL’s version of their bios) visit the MD CAN website, here. We promise the day will not be boring!
Full disclosure, I am a member of the steering committee of MD CAN.