Defending the Defense of Freedom

April 26, 2013 4:34 pm 9 comments

The aftermath of the Boston Marathon explosions last week. Photo: Aaron Tang/Wikimedia Commons.

Over the last few days Fox News has featured its house liberal, Bob Beckel, warning about the dangers of jihad terrorism and even saying that Muslim students should be barred from entering the country (which, incidentally, is something I have never advocated).

The irony was thick. In 2010 I had a sharp exchange with Beckel on Fox when he decried my work sounding the alarm about jihad terror and Islamic supremacism in the U.S. The Boston jihad bombings have been a gruesome, horrible wake up call, revealing how the American people have been betrayed by the Obama Administration, the media and the Homeland Security apparatus which, instead of dealing realistically with jihad terror, has been fixated upon non-existent “right wing terrorists” — like me.

Now, in a lengthy article entitled The Boston Marathon Bombing and America’s So-Called Faith Privilege in Tuesday’s Algemeiner, A. Jay Adler writes:

“Hateful rightwing extremists like Geller, and countless of her type on social media, quickly, objectionably express themselves immediately upon the occurrence of an event like the marathon bombing, and a certain type of leftwing voice finds it more important to establish the Gellers as mistaken and beyond the pale than to respond directly and with clarity to the primary offense.”

Although Adler attacks me personally, the issue here is larger than me or my work. Adler echoes leftists enablers of jihad and Islamic supremacism by labeling their opponents “hateful,” “extreme” and “rightwing” – as if defense of the freedom of speech and the equality of rights for all people before the law were “rightwing.”

And last week, Bill Maher dared to go off the liberal reservation and note that Islam incited more violence than Christianity – whereupon his politically correct guest needled him with “I have a girl for you, Pam Geller.” But Maher stood his ground and ultimately said to his guest, “I should introduce you to Pam Geller” — thus implying that I am right to be concerned about Islamic jihad and Islamic supremacism.

But that was an anomaly. The defenders of freedom have put up with an appalling level of defamation in order to educate and warn the American people about the gravest national security threat this great country faces.

Our work is dedicated to human rights — the freedom of speech, the freedom of conscience and individual rights. It is a noble cause, a righteous cause. But the defamation of those who work for this cause is a key weapon of leftists and Islamic supremacists. Just recently leftist and Islamic supremacists mounted a smear campaign to intimidate a synagogue in Great Neck, Long Island into dropping my speaking appearance there. Fortunately, two other rabbis with spine stood up to them and had me speak at their synagogues instead. But the pattern was clear: the cancellation by the Great Neck Synagogue sent the message that if leftists and Muslims defame those they hate loudly enough and for a long enough time, they will succeed in getting them silenced.

Key weapons in the arsenal of these foes of free speech are the increasingly defamatory Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the notorious communist hate organization, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Both tar with the label “hate group” any organization that differs from their political agenda. Not coincidentally, a follower of the SPLC recently attempted to assassinate Family Research Council (FRC) head Tony Perkins and other FRC officials because the SPLC had smeared the FRC as a “hate group.” This shows that the real hatred and incitement to violence come from the left – from the very groups that smear counter-jihadists as “hateful.” Nonetheless, the mainstream media constantly uses the smears from these groups to marginalize and demonize the resistance to jihad terror.

And so it is with profound regret that despite our best efforts, a monstrous Islamic attack took place on the streets of Boston, targeting mothers and children, families and freedom-loving people. The bombs were designed not to blow up buildings but to maim, mutilate and tear through flesh and bone.

This was our worst nightmare.

A. Jay Adler claims to oppose the ideology of the Boston jihad bombers; he cannot then consistently oppose counter-jihadists, for our work is dedicated solely to defending individual rights against the encroachment of that bloody ideology.

It is a sad day when free people turn against those who are standing up most strongly for the Jews, Israel, and freedom in general. But unfortunately, this problem is pandemic. Even now, in light of the Boston jihad horror, my colleagues and I have been largely bypassed for newly minted experts like Beckel, who have no understanding of these issues. Bill O’Reilly still gives a platform to the Hamas-tied Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), allowing them to deceive the American people and proselytize for Islam. The blacklist on consistent and well-informed voices of freedom must end. Now.

Pamela Geller is the President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), publisher of AtlasShrugs.com and author of the new book Freedom or Submission: On the Dangers of Islamic Extremism & American Complacency, as well as The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America and Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance. Follow her on Twitter here.

9 Comments

  • RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

    America Unite BOSTON BOMBING

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTYenEIEUp4

  • geller is a true american hero. she risks her life to bring the truth. we hope more and more people will soon
    wake up to what she is saying.

  • Beckel and Maher are just the beginning. Many in the Left already see Islamism for what it is – the most illiberal ideology in existence. It’s just a matter of getting their leaders to recognize the painfully obvious. When that happens, Right and Left will unite in opposition to this enemy of our civilization – then it will be Game Over.

  • A. Jay Adler offers no evidence for his adhominem attack on Pamela Geller. Why is it people who smear those trying to tell the truth about the menace of radical Islam never present us with facts to the matter? I suggest they put up or shut up.

    I applaud Bill Maher’s words to Brian Levin. It would now be fair if Mr. Maher had the courtesy to offer Ms. Geller the opportunity to respond to Mr. Levin, or to have them on together.

  • Do you realy think their is hope for change in the right direction at this point?Although we should speak out aginst these things we know is wrong,and to inform as many as we can at this point in time.

  • Based on a true story:

    No such thing as terrorists – there is only terror factories aka Islamist Regimes aka US Allies & national Interests. When Bush deflected to the Taliban hills to get Bin Laden – 100′s of Bin Ladens popped out the terror producing factories, 100′s of 1000′s died and USA was bankrupted.

    • indeed,Geller conveniently avoids the fact that those hunted in the War on Terror have all been secretly funded through CIA, armed by the military-industrial complex.
      After 9/11 US supported the Sunni factions in Iraq to balance Shia Iran, now Al Qaeda in Syria to again counter a perceived friend of Iran, the Chechen, Bosnian and Albanian muslims against Russians and Russian-backed Serbs etc.

  • EXCELLENT article Ms. G.!!! Perhaps more folks will start to take you & Mr. Spencer more seriously

  • BanditZeroThree

    Beckel proves the adage that even a broken clock is right twice a day. Sadly, I anticipate the pressure on Beckel to retract his statement will be too great for him to bear. I await his tearful heartfelt apology. As for CAIR: They continue to perpetrate the greatest swindle in human history on the American people. The Obama presidency is a close second.

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