As you can see from the headline, the writer of this article is a bit of a self-appointed ass. In over 27,000 blog posts, hundreds of articles and three books, I never claimed to be a "self-appointed spokesperson for moderate Muslims." How can you read this interview and make that the takeaway? Ridiculous. I don't know what is wrong with these Jewish publications. Sick in the head? The heart? The soul? Perhaps all three.
But do read the interview. And check out the comments -- they're fantastic.
NEW YORK – Pamela Geller doesn’t mince words.
“In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man,” read a recent ad campaign she organized in New York City’s subways. In case anyone was confused as to the identity of the civilized man, it urged readers to “support Israel, defeat jihad.”
The campaign was one of a series of efforts – including opposition to the opening of a Muslim center near Ground Zero in Manhattan – that have brought the New York native a measure of notoriety, and accusations of bigotry.
Geller denies those accusations vehemently. ABC News quoted her last year arguing that the “savage” in the ad was not a reference to all Muslims, but to terrorists.
“The point is any war on civilians is savagery. The rockets going into Israel by Gaza is savagery, blowing up buses is savagery, targeting a bus of Jewish mothers and children, savagery, Daniel Pearl, 9/11, 7/7 [terror attacks in London], 3/11 [terror attacks in Madrid], are all savagery,” she said at the time. “I’m just restating the obvious.”
In a response to a post in the Atlantic Wire that blasted the claim “that the bombs in Boston were the inevitable result of [the bombers’] religion,” Geller insisted the criticism misrepresented her position.
“No one ever said that believers in Islam would ‘inevitably’ become terrorists,” she wrote angrily. “But when has a mainstream media report on counter-jihadists ever not misrepresented our views?”
Yet many argue her “anti-jihad” agenda is larger, and targets Muslims as a whole, and the entire religion of Islam without distinguishing between moderates and supporters of violence.