Rebuttals to False Charges
FALSE CHARGE: Pamela Geller once posted a picture of Muhammad as a pig.
The Muhammad pig cartoon they are referring to is one that an Danish imam added to the infamous Muhammad cartoons printed by the Danish newspaper Jyllands Posten, in an attempt to gin up anger among Muslims against the Danes. The imam presented the Muhammad-as-pig cartoon as if it were one of the original Danish cartoons, which it wasn’t, and now critics are presenting it as something Pamela Geller created, which isn’t true, either.
The original Atlas post is here. The caption on the Muhammad-as-pig photo is: “Supposed to be Muhammad as half pig, but actually an altered photograph of a guy at a French pig-squealing contest.” So they take a photo that she showed was clearly marked as not Muhammad at all, and present it as if Pamela Geller were depicting Muhammad as a pig.
FALSE CHARGE: X person said something offensive at a Pamela Geller event.
Pamela Geller is not responsible for what anyone says except Pamela Geller.
FALSE CHARGE: Pamela Geller claims that Barack Obama is the illegitimate son of Malcolm X.
Actually, this statement from Pamela Geller heads the actual post in question: “The ‘Atlas says that Barack Obama is Malcolm X’s love child’ charge has gone viral among leftards and lizards. The only problem with it is that it is false. I am not the author of this post, and I posted it because the writer did a spectacular job documenting Obama’s many connections with the Far Left. The Malcolm X claim is one minor part of this story, and was of interest to me principally as part of the writer’s documentation that Stanley Ann Dunham could not have been where the Obama camp says she was at various times. I do not believe that Barack Obama is Malcolm X’s love child, and never did — but there remain many, many unanswered questions about his early life and upbringing.”
FALSE CHARGE: Pamela Geller called for a boycott of Campbell’s Soup over its introduction of a halal food line.
Actually, Geller has objected to Campbell’s getting halal certification from the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), a group with ties to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.
FALSE CHARGE: Pamela Geller defended South African apartheid advocate Eugene Terreblanche.
In reality, Geller wrote this about Terreblanche: “Insofar as my sanctioning of white supremacists in South Africa — that is a blatant libel….I vehemently disagree with Terre’blanche’s ideas…”
FALSE CHARGE: Pamela Geller has expressed support for accused war criminal Radovan Karadzic.
Actually, she posted a piece that said quite clearly: “I am not defending Radovan Karadzic…”
FALSE CHARGE: Pamela Geller “posted doctored pictures of Elena Kagan, the Supreme Court justice, in a Nazi helmet.”
This was a single satirical photoshop image, posted after it was revealed that Kagan had cited in her thesis a German Marxist who became a Nazi when Hitler took power.
FALSE CHARGE: Pamela Geller said that “a young Barack Obama slept with ‘a crack whore.’”
Actually, in that post Pamela Geller was making a point about journalistic bias, noting that liberal journalists do not hunt down unsubstantiated rumors about liberal candidates such as Obama with anything approaching the zeal they bring to investigations of rumors about conservatives.
FALSE CHARGE: Pamela Geller bought bus ads in several cities, encouraging people to leave Islam.
In reality, she bought bus ads offering aid to people threatened with death for wanting to leave Islam.
FALSE CHARGE: Pamela Geller is anti-Muslim.
Geller says that this is “a slanderous slur and it’s unfair….I believe that Muslims are more victimized by Islamic supremacists than even non-Muslims.”
FALSE CHARGE: Pamela Geller has defended former Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic.
Actually Geller has never defended Milosevic at all; she has only expressed skepticism about some of the claims made about Serbian concentration camps – a skepticism that many journalists and historians share.
FALSE CHARGE: Pamela Geller posted a video suggesting that Muslims have sex with goats.
Atlas Shrugs often features satire; this item was put up in error and was removed within moments of being put up. It is worth noting, however, that the Muslim groups that have complained about this Atlas Shrugs post have never gone on record complaining about the Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran, who wrote: “It is loathsome to eat the meat of horse and mule and donkey and if somebody makes coitus with them, that is an intercourse, they become unlawful and they must be taken out of the city and sold elsewhere. If they have intercourse with a cow and sheep and camel their urine and dung becomes unclean and drinking their milk will also be unlawful and they must be killed and burned without delay, and the person who had intercourse with them must pay money to the owner. Further, if he had intercourse with any beast its milk becomes unlawful.”
FALSE CHARGE: Pamela Geller has partnered with the neo-Nazi Vlaams Belang party in Belgium.
In reality, Pamela Geller attended a conference in 2007 that was also attended by Filip Dewinter of Vlaams Belang. This is the extent of their “partnership,” which is non-existent. The Vlaams Belang is actually the only pro-Israel party in Belgium, and has no neo-Nazi policies of any kind. The charges about Geller and the Vlaams Belang were an attempt to halt transatlantic counter-jihad cooperation.
FALSE CHARGE: Pamela Geller has partnered with the white supremacist neo-fascist English Defence League.
The English Defence League came onto the scene after the grotesque attack on returning British soldiers by Muslims in Luton. (More here.) Anyone with an ounce of decency would stand with the EDL. They are accused of having neo-Nazis and racists in their ranks, but actually they expel anyone who manifests such tendencies; they have Hindus and Sikhs among their ranks, and even boast a Jewish Division.
Attacks on the West, the Jews, and unbelievers in general are ongoing and relentless; yet no media or political elites dare to speak about the open Jew-hatred and calls for genocide at the pro-Palestinian rallies in Europe and America against Operation Cast Lead in January 2009. Instead, the media focuses on EDL rallies, concentrating on rumors and fringe characters who attach themselves to the group before being expelled. The media never covers the actual speeches, positions, and people of the EDL. They hold the EDL to an impossible standard, while holding the Muslims and Leftists to no standard at all: no matter how barbaric the Left’s rallies get, the media covers for them.