- Theresa May urged to ban "anti-Islam" campaigners entering UK to … Mirror.co.uk–by Paul Cockerton–Jun 21, 2013
- EDL rally: Theresa May considers banning US bloggers from UK
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- EDL Invites US Anti-Muslim 'Hate Bloggers' Pam Geller and Robert Spencer to ... IBTimes.co.uk - Jun 20, 2013
- Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer To Speak At EDL Rally In Woolwich, Campaigners Call For UK Entry Ban … Huffington Post UK - Jun 20, 2013
- Fears over right-wing speakers invited to EDL march ITV News–Jun 21, 2013
The British media is on a jihad against free speech — apoplectic are they at the thought that I, as well as my colleagues Robert Spencer, Anders Gravers, Tommy Robinson, and Kev Carroll, would be laying flowers in Woolwich on Armed Forces day in memory of young dad and soldier Lee Rigby, beheaded by jihadists.
Despite the endless column inches on this manufactured controversy, not
one member of the media has asked me for comment — some, like Kevin
Rawlinson, go so far as to lie about it: "Neither Ms Geller nor Mr
responded to requests for comment."
It is customary for mainstream media "journalists" to lie, but this "news report" is singularly mendacious.
Note the headline. Why is it "right-wing" to fight for the freedom of
speech, the freedom of conscience, and equality of rights for all
people? The term is essentially meaningless — what it really means when
agenda-driven pseudo-journalists like Rawlinson use it is "This person
is bad. Don't support him."
"Right-wing American speakers planning to join the EDL's Woolwich
march 'should be banned from entering the country,'" by Kevin Rawlinson
for the Independent, June 21:
The Home Secretary is understood to be considering a request
to ban two of the people behind a campaign against New York’s "Ground
Zero Mosque" from entering the UK.
Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, who are among America’s most notorious anti-Muslim campaigners, have been invited to speak at an English Defence League rally in Woolwich to mark Armed Forces Day and the death of Drummer Lee Rigby.
But the chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee Keith Vaz has
written to Ms May expressing his concern and labelling them “incendiary
"Anti-Muslim": Leftists and Islamic supremacists favor this label
because it implies that those who are fighting for freedom are actually
against a particular group, and want to deny them rights rather than
protect the rights of all. It is a particularly repugnant canard not
only because it suggests that defending freedom and human rights
constitutes bigotry, but because it paints a huge target on the backs of
those to whom the label is applied — a target that those who style
themselves the defenders of Islam are all too eager to take a shot at.
"The death of Drummer Lee Rigby": You may recall that Rigby didn't
die of natural causes. He was brutally murdered by a Muslim who
immediately invoked the Qur'an to explain and justify his murder. Think
about that: Kevin Rawlinson and those who are trying to keep us out of
the U.K. (the petition against us has the same language about Rigby)
gloss over the facts about Rigby's murder because they are, in effect,
rushing to the aid of those who committed it, and demonizing those who
are saying that we must resist this brutality.
In his letter, Mr Vaz wrote: “These individuals are infamous in America for inciting racial hatred, including sponsoring discriminatory advertisements placed on public transport.
What race is jihad terror against innocent civilians again? I keep
forgetting. And what discrimination have we ever advocated in any of our
ads? None whatsoever. Vaz is, of course, lying.
“It is clear that the location, motivation and attendees at
this march will incite hatred. Adding incendiary speakers such as Pamela
Geller and Robert Spencer just fuels the fire.”
Resisting jihad will incite hatred, doncha know. Better we just keep silent and surrender.
Ms Geller is notorious in particular because of her
involvement in an advertising campaign which called some radical Muslims
“savages”. Along with Mr Spencer, she runs the anti-Islamic Stop
Islamization of America.
"Savages": At least Rawlinson had the minimal decency, unlike Hope
Not Hate, to note that the ad didn't call all Muslims savages. One
wonders, however, why calling "some radical Muslims" savages would make
someone "notorious." If someone acts like a savage, say, by brutally
murdering an entire family as they slept, and others act like savages by
passing out candy and celebrating those murders, then it is refreshing
to find someone like Pamela Geller with enough courage to call a savage a
savage. If that makes her "notorious," then our entire body politic
should strive to be "notorious" as well, instead of ignoring this evil
and kowtowing to its perpetrators.
"Anti-Islamic": Brave pro-democracy demonstrators are fighting
against Islamization these days in Turkey and Egypt. They are Muslims,
but they want secular government, not Sharia. Are they "anti-Islamic" as
Mr Vaz’s opposition follows pressure from campaign groups
like Hope not Hate, which also wrote to the Home Secretary. In its
letter, the ant-racism [sic] organisation wrote that they believed the
pair’s objective was to “incite hatred against all Muslims”. They also wrote that the “consequences of their very presence in the UK will give encouragement to racists and extremists, who seek to use the awful murder of Drummer Lee Rigby to further their hateful agenda”.
"Anti-racism": What race was the jihad beheading of Lee Rigby on a street in Woolwich?
"Incite hatred against all Muslims": It is Hope Not Hate, Kevin
Rawlinson, and others who perpetuate this canard who are doing this, not
Pamela Geller or I. We never speak about "all Muslims" in any way, or
call for any illegal action or any action at all against innocent
people. But people like Keith Vaz, Nick Lowles of Hope Not Hate, who could not defend his claims about me on the BBC yesterday,
and Kevin Rawlinson want you to believe that we target innocent
Muslims, so as to demonize and discredit us — and enable the jihadists
for whom they are so eagerly serving as Useful Idiots.
"Racists": What race was the Boston Marathon jihad bombing?
"Extremists": Why is it "extremism" to defend the freedom of speech,
the freedom of conscience, and the equality of rights of all people
before the law? Well, I guess if you're a jihad enabler like Keith Vaz,
that does constitute "extremism."
The letter added: “We believe that there is no place for
such hate in the United Kingdom… by holding a march and rally in
Woolwich the EDL is attempting to whip up racism and hatred against all Muslims. Having Geller and Spencer speaking at their rally will only give them additional attention.
"Racism": What race was the Fort Hood jihad massacre?
"Hatred against all Muslims": Muslims who genuinely reject jihad
terror and Islamic supremacism, as all the major Muslim organizations in
the U.K. claim to do, should be standing with us. Instead, they
demonize us as well. How revealing.
“We believe in freedom of speech and the rights of people to hold and express different views. However, in a democracy there have to be limits on people abusing these freedoms to incite hatred and we believe that Geller and Spencer are seeking to do just that.”
"We believe in freedom of speech and the rights of people to hold and
express different views": No, you don't. Who decides which people are
"abusing these freedoms" and must therefore be muzzled?
"Incite hatred": It is not "hatred" to decry jihad violence and say
that there should be one law for all people in a society, without one
group having special rights.
The EDL plans to hold a march in Woolwich on Saturday 29
June. Anders Gravers, from Stop the Islamisation of Denmark will be the
third speaker. The relationship between his organisation and the EDL was
strengthened recently when senior figures in the latter visited
mainland Europe to meet fellow extremist anti-Islamic organisations.
"Extremist": If it is "extremist" to stand against Islamization, are
all those protesters in Turkey and Egypt "extremist"? If it is
"extremist" to memorialize Lee Rigby, was his murderer, Mujahid
Adebolajo, a "moderate"?
A government source indicated that the Home Secretary was
looking into the proposal to ban the pair. However, a spokesman refused
to confirm this, saying that it would not be appropriate to discuss
Mr Vaz said: “I am alarmed that the EDL is planning this type of march in Woolwich. Before we have to pay the costs for the extra policing
required for this demonstration the Home Secretary should consider
using her discretion to ban these two speakers from entering the
country. A ban should be enforced properly and physically stop people
entering our borders.”
"Extra policing": Why would this event require extra policing? Not
because of me or Pamela Geller, but because of Leftists and Islamic
jihadists who would want to do us bodily harm. But according to Vaz, we,
not they, are the problem.
Scotland Yard said that it was aware of the march and would have an appropriate policing plan in place.
EDL co-founder Stephen Yaxley-Lennon – who also goes by the name
‘Tommy Robinson’ – said: “It is ridiculous. We want other extremists to
be banned from entering the country. These two people have never been
arrested, they are well-respected in America. It is fascism, to me.”
Fascism it is indeed.
Neither Ms Geller nor Mr Spencer responded to requests for comment.
Here Rawlinson is lying outright. He made no attempt to contact me. I
asked Pamela Geller about this, and he didn't make any attempt to
contact her, either. He apparently decided to lie about this rather than
have to carry any quotes from us countering all his lies and
distortions in this story — better to let them stand unchallenged.
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