August 7th, 2022


Pamela Geller: Heroine or Hateful Islamaphobe?

Alicia Colon

By Alicia Colon

Published May 7, 2015

Pamela Geller: Heroine or Hateful Islamaphobe?

After the Garland, Texas shooting at an event sponsored by Pamela Geller's American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), the knives came out by the MSM attacking Geller for provoking the attack by ISIS supporters. She held a Muhammad Art Contest to honor the murdered Charlie Hebdo cartoonists that was sure to provoke a jihadist attack. Ironically, the contest was held in the same center where a previous Muslim conference was held to suppress free speech. Geller made sure the event had tight security and a swat team was on site just in case. Aside from a minor injury to a security guard, the two heavily armed jihadists who also wore body armor were shot dead in seconds by a traffic cop's pistol. The only excuse I can find to explain the hostile reaction to Geller by the media is that they are all stupid cowards.

The media is stupid because they do not know the difference between hate speech and freedom of expression; cowards because they fear becoming targets for crazed jihadists. It was great for them to express support for free expression when the murderers were thousands of miles away in Paris but on our doorstep? Uh uh.

It was very disappointing to read comments from those who should know better that Geller's contest was pointless and meant nothing. Au contraire, Mon ami-it exposed two of ISIS' suicidal cell dwellers that fortunately were put down Texas-style before they could slaughter the sold-out crowd attending. We can't depend on this administration, the FBI or Homeland Security to protect us from ISIS and jihadists attacks. The FBI had one of the shooters under surveillance for years and sent out a memo concerning the Muhammad art contest that ruled out a likely attack on U.S. soil. Not surprising since the Obama administration has bent over backwards to make sure these agencies receive sensitive training to respect Islam.

Meanwhile Christians are being slaughtered all over the world and the media is silent. I'll tell you what hate speech is. It is the Ayatollah Khameini of Iran, presently in nuke talks with Obama, telling a crowd in Iran, "Of course yes, death to America." It is Hamas, the PLO and others, promising the destruction of Israel. It is everything that spills from the mouths of ISIS leaders such as the latest threat -"Our aim was the khanzeer Pamela Geller and to show her that we don't care what land she hides in or what sky shields her; we will send all our Lions to achieve her slaughter." It is Muslims in Paris shouting "Kill the Jews." It is Muslim imams in prisons preaching hate to recruit converts to Islam jihad.

I have come to believe that the left wing and the Democrat Party here in America have no idea what made this country great and why so many still try and come here. Chris Cuomo, CNN reporter and brother of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo, tweets that hate speech is not protected by the Constitution-and he's a lawyer?

Let's recap what these so-called constitutional experts consider 'hate speech.' Drawing cartoons of a religious figure is tantamount to provoking hate and carnage. Breitbart .com has published a gallery of the cartoons and yes, they are offensive but I don't recall labeling Andres Serrano's 'Piss Christ' being called hate; or how about the dung covered painting of the Virgin Mary exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum of Art? Jesus Christ has been depicted much worse for centuries without the Vatican waging war on the artists. On Broadway, the hit show is a comedy called The Book of Mormon but I don't recall any LDS protesters outside the theatre.

Isn't it amazing that the sensitivity of Muslims to any criticism of Islam has increased significantly since 9/11? There have been relatively few attacks on the Muslim community at large here in New York City which suffered so brutally from the homicidal radical Islamists. Instead, the city ended up allowing a Muslim community center to be built mere blocks away from Ground Zero. When I dared to suggest that it was wrong for the city to establish an Arab public school to be headed by a principal with Muslim Brotherhood connections, I received death threats and calls from CNN, the Times and other news outlets asking me to apologize for my 'hate speech.'

The cowardice of the media to confront legitimate hate is apparent on both the left and the right. It was refreshing however, to watch Fox News's Megyn Kelly shoot down a guest and the host on the O'Reilly Factor for not recognizing the importance of the First Amendment. May I remind you?

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

In other words, Muslims could have protested peaceably outside the conference center but no. Sending in an assault team is par for the course as they did in Paris except that Texas is anything but a zero tolerance gun-free zone. Hooray for Texas.

The United States of America is a beacon of hope for freedom of speech and expression, or at least, it used to be. Is it turning into Europe where Dutch politician Geert Wilders has been under police guards since he advocated a moratorium on Muslim immigration after the blatant daytime murder of filmmaker Theo Van Gogh by a jihadist? When I wrote a column about Wilders, the death threats from Europe I received were too disgusting to repeat. Ayaan Hirsi Ali dares to speak against female genital mutilation and is a constant target for death from Sharia law advocates. I wrote about her as well and- bam, hate mail and threats.

There is no question in my mind that the answer to my headline is that Pamela Geller is a Heroine who has more cojones than anyone in this administration and the mainstream media. If you don't understand that, you're part of the problem.

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