The Daily Mail kicks off its story by calling my ads "anti-Islamic." That says it all right there. It's "anti-Islamic" now to oppose jihad violence. And the Daily Mail says they tried to contact me — they never did.
Robert Spencer eviscerates this tissue of lies and distortions over at Jihadwatch:
Whatever else it may be, the Daily Mail is certainly the
most absurd paper in Britain. It generally has the best coverage in
Britain of jihad activity and Islamic supremacism, and is a refreshing
antidote to the dreary dhimmitude and pro-Sharia cheerleading of the BBC
and the Guardian. But it cheapens its coverage with sensationalism and
cheesecake, and even worse, it manifests an inexplicable hostility to
the very people who are leading the resistance to the jihad that it so
comprehensively documents — a hostility that would be much more
expected coming from dhimmis, collaborators and Useful Idiots, who
otherwise seem to have no place at the Daily Mail. And here they go
again: "'Killing Jews is worship that brings us closer to Allah':
Outrage over 'racist' ad campaign launched in San Francisco," by Beth
Stebner for the Daily Mail, March 12:
Several anti-Islamic ads featuring the photographs and
quotes of Osama bin Laden, the Times Square Bomber, and the alleged Fort
Hood shooter have caused outrage in San Francisco after their release
The ads, which will run for the next month, are featured on 10 buses
in the Bay Area and have caused a stir in the community, sparking a
fierce debate between free speech and hate speech.
The mainstream media, Leftists and Islamic supremacists really have
to tie themselves into knots to explain why this campaign is "hate
speech." After all, they profess to oppose the violent jihadis depicted
in our ads. So what's the problem? If they really opposed them, they
would be standing with us. The fact that they are not doing so is
The ads were paid for by the American Freedom Defense
Initiative. One of the spots contains a quote attributed to Hamas, the
militant Islamic group, and reads: ‘Killing Jews is worship that brings
us closer to Allah.’
"Attributed to"? Can't the Daily Mail do research? This statement ran on Hamas' official al-Aqsa TV station. Here is the video:
Another ad features Osama bin Laden’s explanation of why he
decided to take down the Twin Towers on 9/11. ‘The first thing we are
calling you to is Islam,’ the quote reads.
It is accompanied by a picture of the former Al Qaeda leader, who was killed in a covert operation a year and a half ago.
Yet another shows would-be Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad and
says how jihad involving ‘weaponry’ is an ‘obligation and duty in Islam
on every Muslim.’
Again: can't the Daily Mail do research? Their report here suggests
that it is we who stated that "jihad involving ‘weaponry’ is an
‘obligation and duty in Islam on every Muslim," and just slapped a
picture of Shahzad next to the assertion. In fact, it was Shahzad himself who said that. Here is the video:
San Francisco civil officials and Arab and Muslim leaders
alike were quick to denounce what they said was ‘racist’ and offensive
What race is jihad terror again? I keep forgetting.
District Attorney George Gascon told the Associated Press
today that the ads were ‘offensive’ and ‘serve no purpose than to
denigrate our cities Arab and Muslim communities.’
Mayor Ed Lee added, 'San Francisco is a city that celebrates its
diversity and hateful speech and discrimination against our Arab and
Muslim communities will never be tolerated.'
The hateful speech is from the jihadis, but San Francisco officials refused to condemn them.
They're not upset about that real hatred; they just don't want anyone
resisting it. And if the "Arab and Muslim communities" reject the
jihadis' understanding of Islam, then they should stand with us in
Board of Supervisors president David Chiu was expected to introduce a resolution on Tuesday condemning the ads.
Similar ads have appeared on transit systems in Washington, D.C., Chicago and Portland, Oregon.
The group ran similar ads in San Francisco in August and has also
posted ads in New York City, including one in September that called
enemies of Israel 'savages.'
Officials with San Francisco's Municipal Transportation Authority
believe a First Amendment court decision protecting freedom of speech
means it must accept the advertising.
That pesky First Amendment!
As it did last summer, the transit agency plans to give the
$5,000 paid for the ads to the city's Human Rights Commission to study
the impact of discrimination on San Francisco's Islamic communities and
run its own ads against discrimination.
What discrimination? Who is calling for any denial of any legal right
to Muslims? This is sheer fantasy. And it wasn't $5,000, it was
$20,000. Pamela Geller notes:
"We have spent upwards of $20,000 on bus ads in San Francisco. San
Francisco city officials have turned over all the revenue generated from
our ad campaigns to the Human Rights Commission to 'study
discrimination against Muslims.' Wasting taxpayer dollars in so craven a
manner violates the public trust. But more importantly, this is a
violation of the establishment clause. It is showing preference by the
U.S. government of one religion over another. San Francisco is giving
'preferential' 'accommodation' to Muslims to benefit one religion over
all others. How are these dollars being spent? We want an accounting. We
wish to file a lawsuit against the city of San Francisco for violation
of the establishment clause."
AFDI executive director Pamela Gellar [sic] said in a
statement Tuesday that Americans ‘need to understand the threat they’re
facing,’ adding: ‘That is the point of our ads. The slaughter of
Christians in Nigeria, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Malaysia, Algeria, et al…
Hundreds of thousands dead, but it would be blasphemy to talk about.’
Messages sent to Geller by MailOnline were not immediately returned.
I asked Pamela Geller today if she had been contacted by the Daily
Mail: she had not. How they can lie outright like this is beyond me.
The AFDI ‘Jihad Awareness Campaign’ that has raised just over $1,200 of a $50,000 goal.
The Daily Mail doesn't bother to note that that $1,200 was raised in
the first 24 hours of the campaign — it had just started. Now, a day
later, the total is close to $3,000 and climbing. People realize that no
one else is getting the truth out about the jihad threat the way we
are. Please help us keep these ads going: contribute here.
Gellar [sic] has also been outspoken on the controversial building of a mosque blocks away from Ground Zero.
At least the Daily Mail admits that it is a mosque, which is all that it is — not the vaunted "community center" of media and Islamic supremacist claims. And it was to be built on the site of a building that was extensively damaged in the 9/11 attacks — hence it was at Ground Zero, not "blocks away."
That's the Daily Mail for you: the most absurd paper in Britain.
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