Washington, DC (TFC) – The ever-insightful fount of hatred, Pamela Geller, wrote an article defending the bigots that attempted to mount a nationwide rally against Islam. Since the editors at Breitbart have decided to allow this unresearched pile of steaming hatred on their site, it’s time for a little fact-checking and a bit of a response.
Geller states, “The rallies, of course, went off without a hitch. No Muslims were harmed – as is always the case. “Islamophobia” is all a bloody fiction. So to further their Muslim victimhood narrative, the press had to get creative, and they latched on to a story that seems straight out of The Daily Show.”
That would depend on how one defines “without a hitch.” The event in Ohio, where the “hug seen around the world” occurred, had a number of hitches. First, the community immediately mobilized to defend the mosque from the protests. The oh-so-brave protesters, who were going to stage an armed rally, couldn’t even find the courage to show up. They did however call in a bomb threat to the mosque. Just one unarmed woman arrived to protest. It seems that having only one person show up is a hitch. It seems threatening to blow up a religious establishment is a hitch. Like-minded bigots later commented on the local news station’s Facebook page to say that the “only good Muslim is a dead Muslim.” That is definitely a hitch in the narrative that the mosque is somehow the aggressor. Many would wonder why Geller didn’t include that bit of information in her article. Maybe she just doesn’t know much about what happened that day. She should probably be given the benefit of the doubt. It should be assumed that she just doesn’t know what she is talking about, rather than that she is supporting terrorism.
“Here’s the gist of it: a woman who was protesting at the mosque came to see the light and bonded with a smiling, hijab-wearing Muslima who turned the other cheek, hugged her and invited her into the mosque. As if this somehow erases all the carnage and bloodshed and suffering caused by the global jihadi war on freedom.
Nobody disputes that there are Muslims who don’t slaughter infidels and who don’t support bloody jihad. But is it really so exceptional for a Muslim to show kindness to a non-Muslim that it’s a big giant news item? Apparently so.”
Yes, Pam, they hate us for our freedoms. It has nothing to do with overthrowing their governments, bombing them, or arming the most extreme of the jihadists. Perhaps Pam could prepare a list of all of the transnational Islamic Terrorist groups that weren’t supplied and trained by the West (spoiler alert: there’s not a single group on the list). This may be hard to understand for someone like Geller, but the media latched onto the story because it’s an example of rational thought overpowering the hatred spewed by ill-informed pundits such as herself. That’s why it’s giant news. For at least a moment, a woman was able to overcome the propaganda.
Geller then goes on to criticize the image portrayed of the protester. Geller seems to object to the footage of her and believes the media deliberately set out to cast her as some hate-filled, bigoted, ill-informed, Christian fanatic. I was there. This lady was a walking stereotype of well… Geller’s readers. From incorrectly using Arabic words, to calling them “satanic,” to completely refusing to speak to someone if they were Muslim (at least, initially), to believing that all Muslims are supporters of the Islamic State; this woman had all the bases covered. Honestly, all she needed to be an editorial cartoon was a McDonald’s bag, a motorized wheelchair, and to say that Muslims hate us for our freedoms. Geller managed to cover that last one for her in the article.
“‘One woman in a head scarf who says she is from Mexico says that the drug lords and people in drug cartels commit murder and rape every day despite being Catholic. Another person says that the Nazis who committed mass genocide were also Christian.’ Do the drug lords quote Christian scripture to justify their actions? Did the Nazis? The Islamic State, al-Qaeda and scores of other jihad groups around the world not only justify their actions by quoting Islamic texts and teachings, but they make recruits among peaceful Muslims that way.”
Yes, they do. The cartels embrace a sect of Christianity called Santa Muerte. They light candles, use prayer, and reportedly even sacrifice their enemies to the Saint. In 2008, 11 burned heads were found in a shrine used by the Zetas. The Nazis most certainly used Christianity to recruit. Here’s a quote:
“My feeling as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded only by a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them and who, God’s truth! was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter. In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and adders. How terrific was his fight against the Jewish poison. Today, after two thousand years, with deepest emotion I recognize more profoundly than ever before the fact that it was for this that He had to shed his blood upon the Cross.”
That’s from a speech given on the 12th of April 1922 by some Nazi named Adolf Hitler. Maybe you’ve heard of him. The good news is that now readers can be assured that it is ignorance that leads Geller to her conclusions, rather than pure hatred.
Geller then pens a few more paragraphs of spin and propaganda before closing with a gem.
To cap off all this deception and hypocrisy, the Daily Mail tells us about this non-Muslim protester that “after feeling more comfortable in her surroundings she caves in, walks into the mosque and even takes selfies.” In one of those selfies, the woman stands next to a smiling Muslim in a hijab, who is holding up one index finger: the sign of allegiance to ISIS.
Apparently, anybody holding up a single finger is pledging allegiance to the Islamic State in Geller’s mind. For her part, Cynthia, the young woman that is holding up her finger is taking the attack in good spirits. She posted a collage of photos of Geller holding her index finger up and joked about Geller. She also posted images of Billy Graham in the same pose. A quick scan of Google images reveals that Jesus, the Pope, John F. Kennedy, Donald Trump, Ronald Reagan, Tim Tebow, Martin Luther King, Gandhi, Winston Churchill, and just about every other historical figure were apparently secret members of the Islamic State.
On a personal note to Pam: I’ve stumbled across your work before. I’ve always thought you were brilliant, but I also thought that everything you wrote was satire. It was beyond my comprehension that even pandering outlets would give a platform to someone as ignorant as you. On behalf of all Americans that aren’t consumed by hate, fear of the unknown, and propaganda, I would like to give you a very different single-fingered salute.
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