Kevin Slaughter has done an excellent job cataloguing just about report and blog post on the Internet regarding the 2011 AmRen fiasco. His über-backgrounder can be read here.
Kevin’s iteration of “the bottom line” is worth repeating:
A group of citizens want to pay a hotel to talk to one another. No boycotts, no violence, no “engaging the enemy”… just talking to one another. Multiple egalitarian interest groups are taking aggressive steps to stop that from happening. More importantly, two local politicians may have sought to shut the conference down – probably violating some of the most fundamental rights accorded to Americans by the Constitution.