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Exclusive: Pamela Geller shares 'great American moment' media ignored
My American Freedom Defense Initiative, or AFDI, colleague Robert
Spencer and I flew to Tennessee Tuesday to join throngs of patriots and
freedom lovers, all happy warriors who had converged in Manchester,
Tenn., to oppose the latest Obama administration salvo against the
freedom of speech – a seminar led by an Obama-appointed U.S. attorney on
how civil rights laws could and should be used to shut down speech
deemed “inflammatory” against Muslims (a label that has been used before
to shut down truthful speech about jihad and Islamic supremacism).
This was a fight for the very soul of America in a very small town:
Manchester, Tenn., a town no bigger than 10,000 people. (Almost 2,000
people were there.) This was the perhaps unlikely venue for a seminar
led by a U.S. attorney and an FBI special agent on how “inflammatory”
speech against Muslims violated civil rights laws. Nowhere was it ever
explained how there could be honest examination of Islam’s teachings of
jihad that wouldn’t be “inflammatory” – and that was just the point.
Numerous speakers addressed the roaring crowd before the anti-free
speech seminar began, including Spencer and me and other freedom
fighters. Then when the Muslim pandering event began, there were close
to 800 people filling the small room to way beyond capacity. The lines
were three deep along the wall, with folks spilling out into the
What was really beautiful was that when the event started, more than
600 people couldn’t even get in, but they stayed outside and held a
freedom rally. They weren’t missing much – unless they were in the mood
to be admonished and hectored as xenophobes, bigots and racists by an
Islamic supremacist spokesman and two Obama officials who steadfastly
refused to address the elephant in the room: the reality of jihad terror
and Islamic supremacism, no matter how many times the boisterous crowd
called them on their nonsense.
U.S. Attorney Bill Killian gave a PowerPoint presentation on hate
crimes and hate speech. From beginning to end, it was full of
condescension, smears, charges that the crowd was racist and thinly
veiled threats that truthful speech about Islam could be prosecuted.
Never once did he address the fact that people aren’t concerned about
Muslims because of racism and xenophobia, but because of the reality of
jihad terror and the uniform denial and obfuscation, and victimhood
posturing that follows from Muslim communities after every jihad attack.
Killian even stooped so low as to claim a sharp rise in “religiously
motivated hate crimes,” without ever informing the crowd that he was
lumping in anti-Semitic hate crimes (which are at worldwide record
levels, largely due to Islamic anti-Semitism) with anti-Muslim hate
crimes. FBI special agent Kenneth Moore was little better. Both echoed
the Islamic supremacist speaker’s opening remarks, all about how the
people of Tennessee had to learn to be welcoming of people who were
The media coverage of our free-speech rally and the anti-free-speech
event was typically deceptive and mendacious. One would think that the
industry that has the most to lose from restrictions on free speech
would fight the fascism. But you would be wrong. These tools are so in
the bag for the Obama regime that the knaves are attacking the patriots
(and there are many of us) who are standing between freedom and tyranny.
The headline of every news story should have been “Obama’s Department
of Justice seeks to criminalize free speech.” Instead, the headlines
spun the Muslim victimhood myth narrative: Muslim outreach program
disrupted by racist-islamophobic-anti-Muslim-bigots. Nothing on the
constitutional putsch. They didn’t bury the lede; they never recovered
USA Today’s headline was “Tenn. Muslim group’s forum disrupted by protesters.” UPI went with “Protesters, hecklers disrupt Muslim forum in Tennessee.” And WBIR-TV’s headline was “Protesters disrupt Tenn. Muslim group’s meeting.”
Nowhere in the coverage did the media deign to mention why folks were
there. People came to protest Killian’s vow to criminalize criticism of
Islam on social media. Folks were boisterous, and well they should be.
Does anyone think we should go quietly into the night? The Department of
Justice and FBI, taking their orders from Islamic supremacist groups,
said the meeting would be an open forum. It was even titled “Public
Discourse.” But they changed the rules. Instead of an open forum, they
said no questions. Instead, we were told to write questions on index
cards. Yeah, uh huh. And, of course, at the end of hours of
condescension and accusations of racism, they only read two questions.
Yes, people called them on it. Yes, people grimaced and moaned when
Holder’s name was mentioned. He is second only to Obama in greatest
threats to our freedoms.
I was there. It was a great American moment. Americans aren’t going
to sit quietly while our freedom of speech is taken away, and are never,
ever, going to submit and stop telling the truth about the jihad that
threatens us all. We are an army.
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