Pamela Geller, WND Column: WordPress betrays free speech


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DEFENDING THE WEST: WordPress betrays free speech

Exclusive: Pamela Geller covers anti-jihad site getting pulled after CAIR complaint

The Hamas-tied Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has been calling for some time for the anti-jihad website Bare Naked Islam (BNI) to be shut down because of some of the comments that appeared there, and last Thursday they succeeded again.

WordPress (the blog platform BNI uses) first responded to CAIR’s anti-free speech campaign by shutting down BNI in late November and then reinstating it; then last week, when they shut it down again without warning or explanation, the thugs at CAIR immediately did a victory dance and claimed credit. However, BNI’s publisher told me in an email that she contacted WordPress, and they responded by saying that “CAIR had nothing to do with their decision.” WordPress also told her that they “should have given me notice instead of dumping the site as they did.”

Nonetheless, she told me that WordPress still wants BNI off their servers by Jan. 6. They have made this demand despite the fact that, per their earlier request, BNI has been monitoring comments closely since Nov. 26, when WordPress first shut down the site. This is how BNI’s publisher explained to me what happened after WordPress shut down the site again last week:

“I allowed them to delete ALL comments prior to 11/26 and they did. After that I was very careful to delete anything that could be deemed a threat. In CAIR’s press release today, they mentioned the comments from the other post all of which were deleted immediately. There were no new comments that they listed today.”

Yet they still shut down the site last week, and even though they’ve reinstated it, they want it gone within a few days. And even though they deny that CAIR had anything to do with it this time, they’re the ones who raised the complaints about BNI in the first place. And that is inexcusable. That any rational freedom lover, and any American business, would listen to the enemies of free speech at Hamas-tied CAIR is beyond the pale.

CAIR’s hypocrisy is astounding. Across the Web, I have seen innumerable calls for a second Holocaust, for the killing of Jews, for the killing of conservatives, the killing of blacks and the like. I have been called a “neo-kikess” and have been libeled, smeared and defamed – not least by Hamas-tied CAIR itself, which is a veritable libel machine.

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