DEFENDING THE WEST
A gruesome wake-up call
Exclusive: Pamela Geller defends rights against 'encroachment of bloody ideology'
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This was our worst nightmare. Despite our best efforts to raise awareness about the jihad threat, the mainstream media and government denial about its reality has borne terrible fruit: a monstrous Islamic attack took place on the streets of Boston, targeting mothers and children, families and freedom-loving people. The bombs were designed not to blow up buildings but to maim, mutilate and tear through flesh and bone.
Now everyone is suddenly all over the jihad threat. Last week, Bill Maher dared to go off the liberal reservation and note that Islam incited more violence than Christianity – whereupon his politically correct guest needled him with “I have a girl for you, Pam [sic] Geller.” But Maher stood his ground and ultimately said to his guest, “I should introduce you to Pam Geller” – thus implying that I am right to be concerned about Islamic jihad and Islamic supremacism.
And last week Fox News featured its house liberal, Bob Beckel, warning about the dangers of jihad terrorism and even saying that Muslim students should be barred from entering the country (which, incidentally, is something I have never advocated).
The irony was thick. In 2010 I had a sharp exchange with Beckel on Fox when he decried my work sounding the alarm about jihad terror and Islamic supremacism in the U.S. The Boston jihad bombings have been a gruesome, horrible wake-up call, revealing how the American people have been betrayed by the Obama administration, the media and the Homeland Security apparatus which, instead of dealing realistically with jihad terror, have been fixated upon nonexistent “right-wing terrorists” – like me.
The issue here is larger than me or my work. For years now, leftist enablers of jihad and Islamic supremacism have labeled their opponents “hateful,” “extreme” and “right wing” – as if defense of the freedom of speech and the equality of rights for all people before the law were “right wing.”
The defenders of freedom have put up with an appalling level of defamation to educate and warn the American people about the gravest national security threat this great country faces.
Our work is dedicated to human rights – the freedom of speech, the freedom of conscience and individual rights. It is a noble cause, a righteous cause. But the defamation of those who work for this cause is a key weapon of leftists and Islamic supremacists. Just recently leftist and Islamic supremacists mounted a smear campaign to intimidate a synagogue in Great Neck, Long Island into dropping my speaking appearance there. Fortunately, two other rabbis with spine stood up to them and had me speak at their synagogues instead. But the pattern was clear: the cancellation by the Great Neck Synagogue sent the message that if leftists and Muslims defame those they hate loudly enough and for a long enough time, they will succeed in getting them silenced.
Key weapons in the arsenal of these foes of free speech are the increasingly defamatory Anti-Defamation League and the notorious communist hate organization, the Southern Poverty Law Center, or SPLC. Both tar with the label “hate group” any organization that differs from their political agenda. Not coincidentally, a follower of the SPLC recently attempted to assassinate Family Research Council, or FRC, head Tony Perkins and other FRC officials because the SPLC had smeared the FRC as a “hate group.” This shows that the real hatred and incitement to violence come from the left – from the very groups that smear counter-jihadists as “hateful.” Nonetheless, the mainstream media constantly use the smears from these groups to marginalize and demonize the resistance to jihad terror.
But now the choice is clear. Those who claim to oppose the ideology of the Boston jihad bombers cannot consistently oppose counter-jihadists, for our work is dedicated solely to defending individual rights against the encroachment of that bloody ideology.