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Savaged for Daring to Name Savagery: Pamela Geller Attacked by Critics of Free Speech

The ads are already running on the sides of San Francisco buses, they began running today, September 24th, in New York City, and they were scheduled to begin appearing in the Washington, D.C. metro system. However, the DC system balked, citing the violent rioting by Muslims allegedly inflamed by a YouTube video which represents, so Geller initiated an emergency court action at the end of last week to enforce her First Amendment rights.

Pamela Geller

Pamela Geller

Geller points out that in order to be a racist, you have to be opposed to a particular group of people, and asks, “What race is ‘jihad terror against innocent civilians?’”

Involved in communications for most of her adult life, Geller worked in publishing at The New York Daily News and became the assistant publisher of The New York Observer.  After 9/11 she began learning as much as she could about the kind of people who would commit such acts.

In late 2004, Geller began her blog, Atlas Shrugs, which, over time, developed into one of the most visited and active single-author political websites on the Internet.  Her name became well known in connection with her efforts, along with many others, to stop what was known as the Ground Zero Mosque from being built near where the World Trade Center Towers were destroyed, which she refers to as “hallowed ground.”  She also received widespread media coverage for her support of Rifqa Bary, a teenage girl who had converted from Islam to Christianity and in 2009 ran away from her home in Ohio, fleeing to the home of a Christian pastor and his wife in Florida.

The mother of four daughters, Geller was born, raised and lives in New York.

When asked by The Jewish Press what it is she most wants people to learn from her anti-Jihad ads, and her experiences in fighting to get them aired, she said: “Rewarding Islamic violence, intimidation and brutality sanctions the motive and emboldens jihad.”

Pamela Geller on CNN: Erin Burnett cuts segment at Hamas-CAIR description, Audio secretly taped:

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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19 Responses to “Savaged for Daring to Name Savagery: Pamela Geller Attacked by Critics of Free Speech”

  1. Liad Bar-el says:

    Great blog Lori.

    I might add that the Obama apology pro-sharia campaign ads on Pakistan TV cost the American taxpayers $70,000.

  2. Charlie Hall says:

    This ad is about the least offensive thing Geller has ever promoted.

  3. Jean Ready says:

    There is nothing wrong with the Ad, that speaks of so much truth. Thank you Pamela.

  4. I admire Pamela. She shows great leadership and I wish her well.

  5. Tim Upham says:

    Nothing but classic side taking. Say something awful about the other side, to really play it up how bad they are. I think the American Constitution needs an amendment outlawing obnoxious behavior.

  6. Liad Bar-el says:

    Charlie, to those who believe falsehood, truth is offensive. Geller speaks the truth. Our Jewish sage, apparently not yours, Rambam, spoke the truth about Muhammad centuries ago, 1172, that he is a false prophet and insane. How would you like to have this truth posted on buses and in subways throughout the world?

    “Time to wake up, smell the coffee and see the writing on the wall.”

  7. Charlie Hall says:

    Rambam never engaged in the kind of hatemongering against Muslims that Geller has. Not that the anti-religious Geller would care about what Rambam said.

  8. Charlie Hall says:

    also note which side of the Third Crusade Rambam supported.

  9. Ltc Howard says:

    Pamela Geller on CNN: Erin Burnett cuts segment at Hamas-CAIR description, AUDIO secretly taped.
    This video is an interesting exercise in interviewing and response.

    A CNN interviewer , Erin Burnett, certainly has a prepared agenda and certainly she got more pushback than she bargained for.

    Pamela Geller on CNN: Erin Burnett cuts segment at Hamas-CAIR description, AUDIO secretly taped.

  10. Liad Bar-el says:

    Rambam literally saved the Sephardic Jews from great persecution by giving them advice which they followed…without an IDF. All Jews everywhere need to learn and follow his advice even today.

    Charlie, go study and learn before you open your mouth against Rambam.

  11. Grace Acosta says:

    I love Ms. Geller so much! If only the rest of us had her courage (and energy!) just think what we could accomplish for world wide democracy. You GO girl!

  12. The principle about the civilised man and the savage is obviousooy an unsound one. Civilized people have often done wrong to savages.

  13. I agree that the wording of this ad could benefit from some professional Madison Av packaging. The wording is not strategically astute. It isn't too hard to make out a case against Islam and societies based upon the Islamic belief system because of their inherent deprivation of civil and human rights as such rights are ordinarily defined by western democratic values.

    In all societies which are based upon the Islamic belief system and sharia law, there is no freedom of speech or freedom of and from religion. Blasphemy and apostasy are serious, even capital, crimes. Misogyny and homophobia are endemic to all Islamic socieites together with female genital mutilation, child brides, honor killing and Koranic justification for wife beating. In Morocco, for example, the law allows a rapist to go scot free by offering to marry his victim.

    Islamic governance is repressive. Premarrital, homosexual and extramarital sex are serious, even capital, crimes. There is no separation of state because unelected clerics are given authority to trump the decisions of elected officials. Just a day or so ago Egyptain President Morsi, great secularist he, stated publicly that in his view neither a Christian nor a woman was fit to be president of Egypt, but that, ultimately, it was a matter for the religious authorities to decide.

    I support the work of those who struggle like PG and Robert Spencer of Jihadwatch.org to out the civil and human rights abuses of Islam and shria law, but, like the wording of this ad, their struggle is often undermined by unwise strategy. This is especially true when such blogsters expand their criticism of the Islamic belief system to a criticism of American domestic and foreign policy in general. They often shoot themselves in the foot by adopting some very questionable positions, positions that can be reasonably argued to be "rightwing." In the process they alienate liberals and progressives who would otherwise be much more supportive of them.

    They may win the legal battle to have this ad published, but I wonder how much good it will do to their cause in the long run.

  14. Charlie Hall says:

    "go study and learn before you open your mouth against Rambam."

    I praise Rambam, I don't speak against him!

  15. Rose Pappas says:

    WHEN RIFQA BARY RAN AWAY FROM HOME TO SAVE HER LIFE, PAMELA GELLER STOOD UP FOR HER. SHE IS A WOMAN OF GREAT COMPASSION AND LOVE FOR "RIGHT", WHICH SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IT MEANS ANYMORE. PEOPLE WHO MURDER THEIR DAUGHTERS, PEOPLE WHO BEHEAD THEIR WIVES, PEOPLE WHO POUR ACID ON LITTLE GIRL'S FACES, PEOPLE WHO ATTACK THE INNOCENT AND MURDER ENTIRE FAMILIES, PEOPLE WHO THREATEN TO MURDER HALF OF THE WORLD POPULATION IF THEY DO NOT BOW DOWN TO THEIR "GOD", PEOPLE WHO THREATEN TO WIPE THE JEWS OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH—-THESE PEOPLE ARE SAVAGE, SAVAGE, SAVAGE, SERVANTS OF HELL AND NEED TO BE LABELED FOR WHAT THEY ARE. PEOPLE WHO CANNOT SEE THIS SAVAGERY FOR WHAT IT IS ARE MINDLESS HYPNOTIZED, PROGRAMMED ROBOTS WHO HAVE NO WORKING CONSCIENCE LEFT. HOORAY FOR PAMELA, THE IRON LADY WARRIOR FOR GOOD!!!

  16. Charlie Hall says:

    " SHE IS A WOMAN OF GREAT COMPASSION "

    Her Randian ideology denigrates compassion!

    In addition to being an anti-Muslim bigot, Geller is also a nativist. Bary was an illegal immigrant and Geller would have had her rounded up and deported along with her family!

  17. Devora Khayyat says:

    Do you know how the Rambam referred to Mohammed?

  18. The bottom line is that a behavioral choice, specifically the choice to engage in mindless violence like 9/11, stoning women to death, bombing subways, and so on is neither a race nor a religion.

  19. Charlie Hall says:

    Yes. And he was not pleased with the way Muslim societies treated Jews in his time. But he was even less favorable towards Christianity and sided with Saladin in the Third Crusade.

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