I won't be at CPAC this year. Every year AFDI organizes a must-see event, addressing issues that the Grover Norquist/Suhail Khan cabal refuse to address (jihad, sharia, the war on freedom in the West).
This year, I applied to speak and was ignored. I tried to get a room for an AFDI event, "The War on Free Speech," and was ignored. So, for the first time in five years, I won't be at CPAC. Last year Suhail Khan bragged out loud that he (and his other operatives) had successfully kept Robert Spencer and me from being invited to speak. He went so far as to warn people not to attend our events or read our books.
In several articles I took on Grover Norquist and his powerful influence over CPAC, most notably weekly column never appeared at Newsmax again. It was axed.
Now this. I might add, every AFDI event at CPAC was standing room only. We turned people away every year.
Check out this Breitbart article — and read the comments.
"CPAC Turns Away Pamela Geller" Breitbart, March 2, 2013
the last four years, Pamela Geller of AtlasShrugs.com and the American
Freedom Defense Initiative have held events at CPAC featuring guests she
invites to discuss the influence of Islamism on America. But this year,
the American Conservative Union (ACU) has no room for Geller or her
she brought Geert Wilders, who is the head of the third largest party
in the Netherlands and has spoken out against the Islamization of his
she held an event that her organization, The American Freedom Defense
Initiative, hosted, titled "Jihad: The Political Third Rail", with
speakers like Allen West, Wafa Sultan, Simon Deng, Anders Gravers, and
In years past, the events were standing room only thanks to their
popularity, but that apparently was not enough to counter pressure
brought to bear from somewhere to exclude Geller’s message.
Geller and her coworkers recently won a court battle allowing them to
post ads that countered the #Myjihad ad campaign that posited that
jihad was a peaceful word. Yet despite the law's defense of her rights,
the ACU will not stand up for her against critics.
Geller explained the intention of her advertisements in a statement to Breitbart News:
Hamas-CAIR's ad campaign is a psyop.“#MyJihad” is a cynical,
misleading, and deceptive campaign designed to distract from and obscure
the true meaning of jihad that Muslims the world over understand and
all too many act upon. They're attempting to fool Americans into
thinking that jihad is about getting in your exercise and making
My ads, in contrast, tell the truth about the jihad that too many
Muslims believe in and act upon, and the only jihad that Americans need
to be concerned about. They're designed to tell the truth about
jihad and lay bare CAIR's deceptions and lies.
There have been over 20,000 jihad attacks since 9/11, each one
with the imprimatur of a Muslim cleric. And so I created a jihad
campaign speaking about the true meaning of jihad. Our new campaign
focuses on how jihadists really use the texts and teachings of Islam to
justify violence and supremacism. It uses actual quotes by jihadis and
Islamic supremacists, including Osama bin Laden and Turkey's Prime
Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as well as statements from Hamas TV and
one of the victims of the Fort Hood jihad massacre.
One ad depicts Osama bin Laden and the burning Twin Towers along with
a bin Laden quote explaining why he took down the Twin Towers: “The
first thing we are calling you to is Islam.” Another quotes an
eyewitness to the jihad mass murders of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, noting
that he was shouting “Allahu akbar” as he murdered 13 Americans at Fort
Hood. Another quotes a Hamas TV music video including the lyric,
“Killing Jews is worship that draws us close to Allah.” A fourth quotes
Times Square jihad car bomber Faisal Shahzad saying that jihad involving
“weaponry” was “an obligation and duty in Islam on every Muslim.”
This usage of jihad as killing non-Muslims is much more influential
and widespread among Muslims worldwide than the benign and whitewashed
understanding of it being pushed by Hamas-CAIR. Also, the fact that some
Muslims don’t think of jihad as involving violence does not cancel out
the fact that many do. Our AFDI campaign shines the light of truth to
break through the fog of CAIR’s deceptions.
UPDATE: Donald Douglas has a great piece on this here.
These events were the freakin' pinnacle of the conference. Sheesh. What is wrong with this world? Now Pamela's banned? Unbe-freakin'-lievable.
Freedom Post decries CPAC for "closing the door on Geller" here.
UPDATE: Theo Spark asks, "Pamela's events were the freakin' pinnacle of the conference. Sheesh. What is wrong with this world? Now Pamela's banned?"
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