CHICAGO — A controversial Muslim group has canceled its annual U.S. conference after a suburban Chicago hotel backed out of hosting the event.
American members of Hizb ut-Tahrir (HIZ-bhut-ah tuh-REER) had planned a 2010 conference at the Chicago Marriott Oak Brook on Sunday.
But organizer Ayman Hamed says the hotel sent a late cancellation notice without explanation. The hotel didn't return calls for comment.
The self-described political organization wants to establish a worldwide Islamic state. It's banned in Turkey and other countries.
The group doesn't advocate violence and isn't considered a terrorist organization by the U.S.
But several scholars criticize the group's secretive workings. One has called it a "conveyor-belt to terrorism."
Last year a conference in suburban Oak Lawn drew about 800 people and a handful of protesters.