Pamela Geller, President SION, Ashraf Ramelah, Voice of the Coptics, Swedish artist Lars Vilks and Robert Spencer, Vice-President, SION
The American Thinker has an excellent write-up by JanSuzanne Krasner of our SION: September 11, 2012 Freedom Congress (full coverage and videos here):
UPDATE: George Igler's remarks: and Lars Hedegaard:
"Freedom Fighters Meet on 911" American Thinker
A conference titled "International Freedom Defense Congress," sponsored by Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer's organization "Stop Islamization of Nations" (SION), was appropriately scheduled in NYC for the 11th anniversary of 9/11. It also coincidentally took place while Islamic savages in Egypt were storming the U.S. Embassy and Libyan murderers were killing American diplomats over the very issue Geller, Spencer, and others were gathered to discuss: freedom of speech.
SION believes "that the workshop is of particular importance as it is the first ever to address the implications of Resolution 16/18 of the United Nations Human Rights Council, the stated goal of which is to 'combat intolerance, negative stereotyping and stigmatization of, discrimination, incitement to violence, and violence against persons based on religion or belief,' but which is actually designed to restrict truthful speech about Islamic supremacism and jihad, so as to render the West mute and defenseless before the advancing threat of jihad and Sharia."
In light of the repeated demonstrations of vicious hatred directed at Americans over criticism of Islam and the Prophet Mohammed, this time in an internet film, combined with the U.S. State Department's initial appeasing response to these riots, it is quite fitting for Americans to be addressing the pressing issue of how individual freedoms and rights in a democratic society are being suppressed. This conference successfully brought together about 200 global "soldiers" who are battling the Islamic jihad movement against freedom that is widening its powerful grip across Europe, Australia, India, and the United States...not to mention the Middle East.
Guest speakers from around the world came to share their firsthand experiences in confronting and combating attacks on their freedom of speech by the intolerance of Islamic propagandists and their organizations. Ms. Geller passionately spoke to the audience about the "war to control words" going on in the name of Islam...and the Muslims are winning in a stealth jihad that is seducing many in the political arena and media. All she had to do was point out the many security guards surrounding the room and entrance area...along with the high cost of paying for this necessary protection.
The 4.5-hour program was divided into four topics, the first three being the war in the U.S., the war in Australia and England, and the global battle against jihad. The fourth, "Europe - Front Line of the Battle of Free Speech," was covered by three very high-profile individuals whose lives are under constant assault, each of whom must travel with security: Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, Danish publisher and free speech advocate Lars Hedegaard, and Anders Gravers of "Stop Islamization of Europe" (SIOE).
The first group of speakers included Nelly Braginsky, who lost her son in 9/11; NYS Senator David Storobin (R); Cliff Kincaid, president of Accuracy in Media; David Yerushalmi of the American Law for American Courts (the lawyer who has been representing the organization); and Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer. Each clearly made the case that "freedom-fighters" in the U.S. are now battling the first phase of an Islamic caliphate -- the condemnation and banning of any criticism of Islam and the introduction of sharia law into the American justice system.
The war for freedom of speech in Australia and the U.K. was discussed by Debbie Robinson, President of Q Society in Australia; Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll of the English Defense League (EDL); and George Igler of the Discourse Institute in the U.K. It was astonishing to listen to both Robinson and Carroll share how their small town in England is one of many communities where Muslims have been moving in over the last twenty years; the Muslims have grown so large in numbers and influence that both the police and the Brits are intimidated, and many have left.
They made the argument that Americans should not fall for the idea that this can't possibly happen in the U.S. with a Constitution that guarantees freedom of speech and religion. This is what the British people also thought, Britain being the home of the Magna Carta. How wrong they were.
Mr. Carroll dramatically held up two British newspapers with headlines that are testimony to the degree of Muslim influence the English are living under today and the loss of their individual freedoms. They read: NO RIGHT TO WEAR A CROSS AT WORK and SPEAK UP FOR CHRISTIANTY PM TELLS ARCHBISHOP, both front-page stories in the U.K.'s Daily Express.
These brave gents refuse to leave their homes in spite of the fact that their country is now in the second stage of Islamic transformation.