It is unimaginable. The descent of the mainstream media into out-and-out pro-jihad agitation is complete. Two Islamic jihadists attempt to murder hundreds of people at our free speech event in Texas, and the Washington Post says that I “offer no apology.”
I offer no apology? What apology exactly do I owe for almost being murdered?
“Abraham Lincoln offers no apology after John Wilkes Booth lodges a bullet in his brain”
“Julius Caesar offers no apology after Cassius and Brutus stab him to death”
“Jews offer no apology after Nazis kill six million”
“Event organizer offers no apology after thwarted attack in Texas,” by Sandhya Somashekhar, Washington Post, May 4, 2015:
Pamela Geller, the woman behind the Texas cartoon contest attacked by two gunmen late Sunday, knew what she was doing when she staged the controversial event featuring irreverent depictions of the prophet Muhammad in Garland, Tex.
Yes, I knew what I was doing. I was standing for the freedom of speech in the teeth of violent intimidation. What the WaPo thinks I was doing, that’s another question.
The collective has submitted, caved to the demands of Islamic savages. And as egregious as that is, it is not enough. They attack, punish, and libel patriotic Americans who refuse to submit and grovel to the destroyers. They are cowards, and attempt to destroy brave individuals who refuse to be sniveling cowards, as they are.
The Dallas suburb had hosted a pro-Muslim conference in January, about the time Islamist terrorists killed a dozen journalists with the satirical French publication Charlie Hebdo. Geller, a blogger and fierce critic of what she calls the “Islamization” of America, wanted to make a statement.
So she sponsored the Jihad Watch Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest in the same exhibition hall as the earlier conference. She and her associates invited 200 people and hired 40 heavily armed off-duty police officers and security guards to protect them.
This is inaccurate in almost every detail. Jihad Watch was co-sponsor of the conference. The American Freedom Defense Initiative was the main sponsor of the conference. We didn’t invite anyone. People bought tickets, and were buying them up to the minute the conference started, so that the Curtis Culwell Center had to set up extra tables for the overflow crowd.
And then they unveiled the pictures: A drawing of Muhammad on a unicycle. A picture of the prophet with a beard of snakes. An angry Muhammad wearing a turban, holding a sword and yelling: “You can’t draw me!” — a reference to the fact that depicting the prophet is considered blasphemous by many Muslims.
If the contest was intended as bait, it worked. Police say two men drove 1,000 miles from Phoenix, shot at a police car outside the event and were quickly killed by one of the hired guards. The shooting has been condemned by Muslim leaders, and Geller, too, has come under fire for staging an event many viewed as purposely provocative.
Putting a crucifix in urine: that’s not bait, that’s art. But Muhammad on a unicycle? That’s hate! Bigotry! Islamophobia! Call the police!
“Pamela Geller has every right to hold this event. And she should be able to do that — as ugly as others, including me, think it is — without facing any type of violence,” said Heidi Beirich of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has Geller on a list of extremists.
The Washington Post, true to form, doesn’t explain why the far-left SPLC is an authority to which anyone of good faith should pay attention. Who designated the radical left hate group a legitimate authority? The SPLC is not a neutral, impartial source. It’s a far-left hate group that smears and defames every group that deviates from its far-left line.
Still, “I think decent people would say: ‘Why would you need to do that?’ ” Beirich said.
In an interview Monday on CNN, Geller defended the cartoon contest, the latest in a series of her incendiary campaigns against Muslims in America.
Incendiary? Was “Piss Christ” incendiary? No, it was “art”! And no Christians killed anyone over it. The mainstream media admonished us that free speech was paramount in those days. Now, not so.
“My event was about freedom of speech, period,” she told host Alisyn Camerota. “We need to have this conversation, and the fact that we have to spend upward of $50,000 on security speaks to how dangerous and how in trouble freedom of speech is in the country.”
That “those that were going to be slaughtered” by the gunmen are being maligned by critics “speaks to how morally inverted this conversation is,” she continued.
In an interview with The Washington Post, Geller said she and her fellow organizers were “prepared for violence” this weekend. In tweets immediately after the shooting, Geller appeared almost gleeful that she had been right.
Libel. I was right, yes. Gleeful? No! Just “almost” gleeful. The “almost” protects these snakes from outright libel. We were prepared because over the past 10 years we have received hundreds of death threats. One only has to be a casual news consumer to know that those that criticize Islam put their lives in danger.
As one of the nation’s fiercest online critics of Islam, Geller, a former journalist and housewife from Long Island, has long embraced her role as a provocateur. Her inflammatory rhetoric has landed her organizations, the American Freedom Defense Initiative and Stop Islamization of America, on a list of “hate groups” maintained by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Here yet again, the WaPo presents the SPLC as if it were an unimpeachable source.
On her blog and in interviews, Geller has accused President Obama of being beholden to “Islamic overlords,” according to the center. She was a leading opponent of a mosque planned for construction near Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan.
He isn’t beholden to “Islamic overlords”? Ask the Jews of Israel, the Coptic Christians of Egypt, the Christians of Nigeria, Niger, CAR, Congo, Libya et al. There should have been a triumphal mosque at Ground Zero?
And last month, she drew headlines and an unsuccessful lawsuit for sponsoring an ad campaign that featured a quote her organization credited to the Palestinian militant group Hamas: “Killing Jews is Worship that draws us close to Allah.”
We didn’t credit it to them. It is really from Hamas. The WaPo can’t do any research? It isn’t hard to find that this quote comes from a Hamas music video. Evidence and details here.
Geller insists she is not an “Islamophobe,” and that she does not believe all Muslims are violent. But critics note that some of her associates are bluntly anti-Muslim. The keynote speaker at Sunday’s event, for instance, was Geert Wilders, the Dutch parliament member who has called for the Koran to be banned in his country and suggested a tax on Muslim headscarves.
Whenever the mainstream media says that someone “insists” that he or she is not something, it wants you to believe that he or she really is what is insistently denied. Wilders’ positions are presented as if they were self-evidently false and wrong. The Dutch voters who have made his party one of the largest in the Netherlands obviously know from direct experience that Islamization is a real problem in their homeland.
Why the cartoon contest? Geller said it was a direct response to a January conference in Garland, titled, “Stand With the Prophet in Honor and Respect.” The purpose of that event was to raise money to combat negative depictions of Muslims and their religion in the media.
No mention, of course, that this was just after the Charlie Hebdo jihad massacre of Muhammad cartoonists. The Stand With the Prophet conference against free speech came just after that, demonstrating a sense of timing that was truly grotesque.
In the past, the conference had been held without incident, said Alia Salem, executive director of the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. This time, however, with the bloody attack on Charlie Hebdo still fresh, the event triggered protests.
Salem said the local Muslim community has been on edge ever since. Controversy has also flared around a private arbitration service for Muslims that opened in Dallas last year — called an Islamic “tribunal” — and in connection with the shooting death of an Iraqi immigrant shot outside his Dallas apartment in March as he photographed his first snowfall.
“The North Texas Muslim community has been very nervous and scared,” Salem said. “Tension has been very high since January.”
This is the quintessential evil: Muslims try to commit mass murder, and the WaPo tells us that Muslims are “nervous and scared.” They’re not the victims. Those who are standing for free speech were the intended victims. The mainstream media is desperately trying to spin this. Their desperation manifests their dishonesty.