The Daily Mail kicks off its story by calling my ads "anti-Islamic." That says it all right there. It's "anti-Islamic" now to oppose jihad violence. And the Daily Mail says they tried to contact me -- they never did.
Robert Spencer eviscerates this tissue of lies and distortions over at Jihadwatch:
Whatever else it may be, the Daily Mail is certainly the most absurd paper in Britain. It generally has the best coverage in Britain of jihad activity and Islamic supremacism, and is a refreshing antidote to the dreary dhimmitude and pro-Sharia cheerleading of the BBC and the Guardian. But it cheapens its coverage with sensationalism and cheesecake, and even worse, it manifests an inexplicable hostility to the very people who are leading the resistance to the jihad that it so comprehensively documents -- a hostility that would be much more expected coming from dhimmis, collaborators and Useful Idiots, who otherwise seem to have no place at the Daily Mail. And here they go again: "'Killing Jews is worship that brings us closer to Allah': Outrage over 'racist' ad campaign launched in San Francisco," by Beth Stebner for the Daily Mail, March 12:Several anti-Islamic ads featuring the photographs and quotes of Osama bin Laden, the Times Square Bomber, and the alleged Fort Hood shooter have caused outrage in San Francisco after their release today.
The ads, which will run for the next month, are featured on 10 buses in the Bay Area and have caused a stir in the community, sparking a fierce debate between free speech and hate speech.
The mainstream media, Leftists and Islamic supremacists really have to tie themselves into knots to explain why this campaign is "hate speech." After all, they profess to oppose the violent jihadis depicted in our ads. So what's the problem? If they really opposed them, they would be standing with us. The fact that they are not doing so is extremely revealing.The ads were paid for by the American Freedom Defense Initiative. One of the spots contains a quote attributed to Hamas, the militant Islamic group, and reads: ‘Killing Jews is worship that brings us closer to Allah.’
"Attributed to"? Can't the Daily Mail do research? This statement ran on Hamas' official al-Aqsa TV station. Here is the video:
Another ad features Osama bin Laden’s explanation of why he decided to take down the Twin Towers on 9/11. ‘The first thing we are calling you to is Islam,’ the quote reads.
It is accompanied by a picture of the former Al Qaeda leader, who was killed in a covert operation a year and a half ago.
Yet another shows would-be Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad and says how jihad involving ‘weaponry’ is an ‘obligation and duty in Islam on every Muslim.’
Again: can't the Daily Mail do research? Their report here suggests that it is we who stated that "jihad involving ‘weaponry’ is an ‘obligation and duty in Islam on every Muslim," and just slapped a picture of Shahzad next to the assertion. In fact, it was Shahzad himself who said that. Here is the video:
San Francisco civil officials and Arab and Muslim leaders alike were quick to denounce what they said was ‘racist’ and offensive ads.
What race is jihad terror again? I keep forgetting.
District Attorney George Gascon told the Associated Press today that the ads were ‘offensive’ and ‘serve no purpose than to denigrate our cities Arab and Muslim communities.’
Mayor Ed Lee added, 'San Francisco is a city that celebrates its diversity and hateful speech and discrimination against our Arab and Muslim communities will never be tolerated.'
The hateful speech is from the jihadis, but San Francisco officials refused to condemn them. They're not upset about that real hatred; they just don't want anyone resisting it. And if the "Arab and Muslim communities" reject the jihadis' understanding of Islam, then they should stand with us in resisting it.
Board of Supervisors president David Chiu was expected to introduce a resolution on Tuesday condemning the ads.
Similar ads have appeared on transit systems in Washington, D.C., Chicago and Portland, Oregon.
The group ran similar ads in San Francisco in August and has also posted ads in New York City, including one in September that called enemies of Israel 'savages.'
Officials with San Francisco's Municipal Transportation Authority believe a First Amendment court decision protecting freedom of speech means it must accept the advertising.
That pesky First Amendment!
As it did last summer, the transit agency plans to give the $5,000 paid for the ads to the city's Human Rights Commission to study the impact of discrimination on San Francisco's Islamic communities and run its own ads against discrimination.
What discrimination? Who is calling for any denial of any legal right to Muslims? This is sheer fantasy. And it wasn't $5,000, it was $20,000. Pamela Geller notes: "We have spent upwards of $20,000 on bus ads in San Francisco. San Francisco city officials have turned over all the revenue generated from our ad campaigns to the Human Rights Commission to 'study discrimination against Muslims.' Wasting taxpayer dollars in so craven a manner violates the public trust. But more importantly, this is a violation of the establishment clause. It is showing preference by the U.S. government of one religion over another. San Francisco is giving 'preferential' 'accommodation' to Muslims to benefit one religion over all others. How are these dollars being spent? We want an accounting. We wish to file a lawsuit against the city of San Francisco for violation of the establishment clause."
AFDI executive director Pamela Gellar [sic] said in a statement Tuesday that Americans ‘need to understand the threat they’re facing,’ adding: ‘That is the point of our ads. The slaughter of Christians in Nigeria, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Malaysia, Algeria, et al… Hundreds of thousands dead, but it would be blasphemy to talk about.’
Messages sent to Geller by MailOnline were not immediately returned.
I asked Pamela Geller today if she had been contacted by the Daily Mail: she had not. How they can lie outright like this is beyond me.
The AFDI ‘Jihad Awareness Campaign’ that has raised just over $1,200 of a $50,000 goal.
The Daily Mail doesn't bother to note that that $1,200 was raised in the first 24 hours of the campaign -- it had just started. Now, a day later, the total is close to $3,000 and climbing. People realize that no one else is getting the truth out about the jihad threat the way we are. Please help us keep these ads going: contribute here.
Gellar [sic] has also been outspoken on the controversial building of a mosque blocks away from Ground Zero.
At least the Daily Mail admits that it is a mosque, which is all that it is -- not the vaunted "community center" of media and Islamic supremacist claims. And it was to be built on the site of a building that was extensively damaged in the 9/11 attacks -- hence it was at Ground Zero, not "blocks away."
That's the Daily Mail for you: the most absurd paper in Britain.