While we were conducting our hugely successful International Freedom Congress on free speech in the age of jihad, our embassies were being viciously attacked in the continuing war on ….. free speech.
Here's my column this week for WND. It was written prior to the
conference and the jihadist attacks on our embassies in Egypt and Libya
(Egypt still has not apologized, but we have and our apology is still on
the US embassy's website).
I will have much more on the conference (videos, coverage etc.) as time permits, but the acts of war in the Middle East and Noth Africa have taken priority.
artist Lars Vilks (who lives under constant death threat) speaks as
Pamela Geller (left) and Robert Spencer, Lars
Hedegaard and Anders Gravers listen. "Jihad Jane," a Philadelphia convert to Islam, is projected on the screen. She was convicted of an assassinaton plot against Vilks (one of many)
Exclusive: Pamela Geller holds conference on free speech at kowtowing U.N.
Deadlines require that I write this column before the International
Freedom Congress of my organization Stop Islamization of Nations, set
for Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the U.N. Plaza Millennium Hotel. But the big
story going into the Congress is the left’s increasing thuggishness and
the necessity for defenders of freedom to take ever-greater precautions
to protect themselves and enable their message to be heard.
The event was a first great counter-offensive in the war on free
speech – the first international attempt to counter the Organization of
Islamic Cooperation’s bid to impose restrictions on free speech under a
global blasphemy law. The International Freedom Congress represented a
quantum leap in media action, as it discussed, beyond rhetoric,
practical steps to address the phenomenon of the Islamic war against
free speech. The world’s leading forces for freedom were there. And so
were the enemies of freedom, determined to stop us.
Security concerns were intense surrounding our event. We hired our
own security team, at great expense, and they had to undertake extensive
preparations with the New York Police Department and hotel security.
I’m told that New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly even held a
meeting solely to discuss how to handle it. The focus of concern was
Lars Vilks, the Swedish cartoonist who was one of our featured speakers,
and who has had to endure numerous death threats and attempts on his
life since drawing a cartoon of Muhammad. Certainly leftist and Islamic
supremacist thugs would do their best to get to Vilks.
Even before the Congress began, Vilks was targeted for being there. A
group of leftist Swedish artists pulled out of an exhibition rather
than appear with Vilks, just because he was standing for freedom with
us. It’s funny (not) how those in the art world fashion themselves as
cutting edge, outside the box, brave culture warrior, when in fact they
step an’ fetch it for Islamic supremacists and leftist totalitarians.
They are neither brave, nor virtuous, nor talented. They are on their
bellies at all times.
And in a supreme act of cowardice and dhimmitude by the Swedish
museum Jamtli in Östersund, they disinvited Vilks to present his work at
the exhibition. Lars Vilks is singular in his courage and steadfastness
for human rights, freedom of expression, freedom of speech and equality
of rights under the law. He has received hundreds of death threats,
suffered assassination plots and been physically attacked. He is a true
hero and artist who stands for human rights.
Museums gleefully show a crucifix immersed in urine (Andres Serrano)
or elephant feces desecrating the Madonna, mother of Christ (Chris
Ofili) but a Muhammad cartoon? Fuggeduhbouddit.
Nor was it just Vilks who had the leftists in a rage over the
International Freedom Congress. United Nations security personnel also
held a meeting about my event, and my source who was present at the
meeting told me, “You sure don’t have any friends over there.” Good. I
would consider it an indictment of my work if I did have a friend in
that collective negation of humanity. But it’s indicative of how much
the U.N. is in thrall today to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation
(OIC) that they consider someone who tells the truth about jihad and
Islamic supremacism to be their enemy. The corruption and compromise
with evil at the U.N. in New York City is extensive; is that where they
transferred all the sex offenders from the Congo?
The left is increasingly bent on shutting down and shutting up
freedom fighters, and yet there has been scarcely any discussion of this
creeping fascism in the public sphere. We are relinquishing our most
cherished freedoms, our unalienable rights, with nary a whimper. What is
wrong with everyone? When Simon Deng, Nonie Darwish, Robert Spencer and
I spoke recently at Temple University,
they shouted, chanted, cursed and yelled, determined to silence and
intimidate us. It reminded me of the storm troopers disrupting the
classes of non-Nazi professors in 1930s Germany. And there is going to
be more and more of that, so long as there is no outcry against it. And
where is such an outcry going to come from, with the mainstream media on
the side of the leftist brownshirts?
America is entering a dark and difficult time.
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