The intrepid and indispensable Blazing Cat Fur has the whole speech from last night. It was a spectacular event -- room after room teeming with glorious humanity. For all those who were turned away at the door, here is the speech. Huge thanks to the JDL, who took amazing care of me and provided intense and unparalleled security.
Craven Toronto Rabbis Condemn Pamela Geller Appearance, Pay Lip Service to Our Most Precious Freedom
"Allow me to express my profound disappointment that a local body of Jewish rabbis has, in a shocking dereliction of duty to the community it serves, chosen the smoke and mirrors--the fraud--of interfaith pieties over freedom. The freedom to condemn the Jew-hate embedded in core Islamic texts." Pamela Geller spoke at the Zionist Centre in Toronto May 13 2013, an event hosted by the JDL.
Scarmouche has a wonderful takedown of the Toronto Board of Rabbis (a throwback to Jewish Councils (Judenraete) here:
As far as I know there weren't any members of Toronto's Board of Rabbis in the packed audience last night to hear Pamela Geller detail her efforts to put a dent in the inroads being made by Islamic supremacists in the name of jihad. Instead, our esteemed clergy issued this delightfully demented message, a tiny gem of obsequiousness and inadvertent humour:The Toronto Board of Rabbis (TBR) exp resses its profound disappointment that a local Jewish organization has extended an invitation to Pamela Geller, a blogger who is known for herextreme criticism of Muslims in language that is intended to shock and ridicule.
The TBR is a strong supporter of freedom of speech for all, including Ms. Geller. Ms. Geller’s voice and message are already well known here in Canada and beyond. There was no sense in inviting her here to Toronto to speak before a Jewish audience. Sadly the only sure result of this event will be increasing tensions within the Jewish community and between Jews and Muslims in Toronto.
Allow me to express my profound disappointment that a local body of Jewish rabbis has, in a shocking dereliction of duty to the community it serves, chosen the smoke and mirrors--the fraud--of interfaith pieties over freedom. The freedom to condemn the Jew-hate embedded in core Islamic texts. The freedom to criticize grotesque and gruesome Islamic practices--honour killings, the obliteration of female sexual organs, Medieval punishments for apostasy and other "crimes." And above all--and I would suggest that this is what sets the West apart from lands where Islam calls the shots--the freedom to shock and ridicule, to be saucy and rude, to poke fun at tyrants both petty and great, to "blaspheme," to blow a big fat, wet raspberry at those dhimmified mice who would silence us in the name of inter-cultural amity and at the false friends they are so desperate to mollycoddle and mollify.
In the war that's raging between freedom and dhimmitude, I, like Ms. Geller, and like all those who were there last night to hear her, choose freedom. That the Toronto Board of Rabbis has decided that groveling and pusillanimity are the way to go tells you everything you need to know about the "sha shtill" mentality that yet pervades and perverts mainstream Jewish leadership in Canada.