My latest column at WND on the CPAC jihad against voices of freedom:
Defending the West
Exclusive: Pamela Geller shares why she was axed from annual conservative conference
For the first time in five years, I won’t be at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
This year I wanted to hold an event entitled, “The War on Free
Speech.” After the historic free-speech legal wins in Washington, D.C.,
and New York, the bus ads and the ongoing fight to run our counter-jihad
campaign, what could be more timely? I applied to CPAC and met with
their signature wall of silence. I tried to partner with the tea party
(as I had done last year), but no dice.
It has always been a challenge to hold an event at CPAC, which is
sponsored by the American Conservative Union (ACU). The CPAC events that
we organized were always fraught with difficulty. Most folks didn’t
understand why I worked so hard to hold an event there. A number of
people have questioned my choice of venue for our historical counter-jihad events.
Many feel, and rightly so, that the ACU – the political right’s largest
and most influential grass-roots umbrella organization – has abandoned
conservative principles and morphed into some fleshy, ambiguous,
compromised political machine doling out money and favors for cronies,
when it is doing anything at all.
I agree. Wholeheartedly. It has been co-opted. Jihadist operatives Grover Norquist and Suhail Khan,
board members of the ACU, made sure jihad and related topics were
omitted from the program, year in and year out. But that is exactly why I
held the event at CPAC, and in the early years held my tongue over the
difficulties I experienced in bringing my events to CPAC. It was too
important that the presentation be made in order to educate everyone.
Years ago, when I first met the great historian Bat Ye’or, I asked her,
“What can I do?” She answered, “Learn everything first.” That was the
purpose of our CPAC presentations. Many people were shocked by them, but Americans needed to know, and need to know, what we are up against.
There’s nothing conservative about soft-pedaling jihad. CPAC 2008,
2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 had little in the way of addressing the war we
are engaged in and the enemy threat doctrine. That again was why I held
my event there. Every year CPAC gets progressively worse. Silly, even.
CPAC chief Cardenas said: “This year we decided not to invite Pamela
Geller for comments she made at CPAC critical of our officers. In each
of these cases, their ad hominem attacks denigrate the debate and
distract from the real point of CPAC.”
What I exposed about Norquist was not “ad hominem.” Norquist and Khan
seem to be in charge at CPAC – no CPAC event goes on that doesn’t
reflect their perspective. Norquist and Khan are serving the purposes of
the Muslim Brotherhood, the international Islamic organization that has
infiltrated the U.S. government and media to such an extent (as Stephen
at our CPAC event) that it controls the information and dissemination
of everything you see, hear and read on Islam – unless you do your own
research, your own study and frequent blogs like mine and Robert Spencer’s.
Journalist Paul Sperry says that Norquist’s strategy has been to
“dress Islamists up as patriotic Republicans so they can infiltrate the
government.” According to the Investigative Project on Terrorism:
Grover Norquist hoped to … harness votes from the
country’s growing Muslim population by creating the Islamic Free Market
Institute in 1998. He did so with significant financial help from
Abdurahman Alamoudi, then one of America’s most influential Muslim
activists and head of the American Muslim Council. Today, Alamoudi is
serving a 23-year prison sentence after admitting to illegal
transactions with Libya and being part of a plot to assassinate the
then-Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. Alamoudi was also found to be a
long-time secret financial courier for al-Qaida while at the same time
being routinely invited to the Clinton White House for receptions and
But the 10,000 great Americans who attend CPAC are not
Shariah-compliant. The patriots attending CPAC are not pro-jihad. They
were not willing to hand America over to Shariah (Islamic) law. We
needed to reach them. We needed to educate them. They know they are
being deceived. They look around their towns and cities and see the
unremitting capitulation to Islamic supremacism.
Arm them with knowledge, I say, and what better way than to bring the
leading authorities across the world to speak honestly and directly to
the American people? This had to be done if we are to have any shot at
saving America. And so this is what we brought to CPAC:
- CPAC 2008: Introducing Mark Steyn
- CPAC 2009: Pamela Geller Brings Geert Wilders to CPAC
- CPAC 2010: FDI Inaugural Event, Jihad: The Political Third Rail
- CPAC 2011: Ground Zero Mosque
- CPAC 2012: Islamic Law in America
Apparently, the tea party came under enormous pressure last year when
they helped me hold our event. A confidential source told me the
pressure to cancel was ongoing. This year, no go.
This shows the power of the Norquist-Khan cabal among conservatives. Last year Suhail Khan
bragged out loud that he (and his other operatives) had successfully
kept my colleague 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. That happened after I took on Norquist and his
powerful influence over CPAC in several articles, most notably here and here.
Read the whole enchilada.
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