Here's good coverage of the JDL event in Canada, where we spoke last week. Despite heavy pressure by jihadist groups like CAIR, our talk drew close to six hundred freedom lovers, activists and concerned citizens to the Hilton in Toronto.
Imagine, silver-tongued Muslim Brotherhood-al Qaeda linked groups pressured the Canadian government to silence critics of jihad on the eve of the Muslim massacre in the Nairobi mall.
Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer (centre) were featured at an event in
Markham last week, despite efforts by the National Council of Canadian
Muslims to squelch it. Rabbi Daniel Korobkin (right), spiritual leader
of the BAYT introduced them.
Despite the best efforts of the National Council of Canadian
Muslims (NCCM) to squelch the event, almost 600 people turned up last
week to hear Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer speak at the Hilton in
The NCCM (formerly CAIR-Canada) had already failed to convince the
hotel manager to cancel the event. When its subsequent letter-writing
campaign to Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Steven
Blaney failed to elicit a response, the NCCM called a last-minute press
conference at the hotel the day of the event. Speakers at the press
conference included Ihsaan Gardee, executive director, NCCM; Karen Mock,
representing Canadian Arab Jewish Dialogue, JSpaceCanada and the
Canadian Association of Jews and Muslims; United Church Minister Robert
Oliphant; Balpreet Singh, spokesperson, World Sikh Organization of
Canada, and Samira Kanji, president, Noor Cultural Centre.
Rabbi Daniel Korobkin, spiritual leader of Beth Avraham Yoseph of
Toronto (BAYT) Congregation in Thornhill, introduced Geller and Spencer
at the event, held by the Jewish Defence League (JDL) of Canada. He said
the NCCM should thank Geller instead of condemning her.
“If only the [members of NCCM] would stop their efforts at
suppressing the truth about radical Islam, if only they would stop
attacking people who are merely speaking the truth, we’d be able to
accomplish so much more by working together,” said Rabbi Korobkin.
Geller described herself as “a human rights activist dedicated to
freedom of speech, freedom of conscience and equality for all before the
law. The font of all my ideas, my premise, is individual rights.”
She encouraged the audience to take steps to resist attempts by
Islamists to minimize and legitimize Shari’a (Islamic) law, jihad and
‘honour’ violence. She cited her ad campaigns, which countered
anti-Israel ad campaigns on US public transit systems, as an example of
fighting back through education.
“You don’t have to be evil like the enemy but you can be relentless,”
she said. “You can be the force for good and that’s what you have to
Spencer has been studying the Koran for more than 30 years and he quoted heavily from it in his address.
He said Muslim groups are trying to criminalize negative speech about
Islam, including critical analysis of the Islamic religious texts which
are used to justify terrorism, on the basis that it is hate speech.
“There are armed Islamic groups all around the world” that use
Koranic verses denigrating non-Muslims “to justify hatred and violence
and to recruit peaceful Muslims into their group and make them hateful
and violent as well. This is a manifest fact,” said Spencer.
Yet the NCCM and other similar groups are “trying to make people
think that the hate is not coming from those violent jihadi groups [or]
from the pro-Shari’a Islamic supremacists who want to replace our
freedoms in the Western world with Islamic law and institutional
oppression of women and oppression of non-Muslims, destroy the freedom
of speech, destroy the freedom of conscience, mandate the Shari’a death
penalty for apostasy: that’s all ‘not hate.’ They want to make you think
that the people who are resisting are the ones who are spreading hate.”
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation says “that people like Pamela
and me are linking Islam and terrorism in a way that is absolutely
unacceptable and, indeed, hateful, but actually – obviously – the people
who are linking Islam with terrorism are the terrorists,” Spencer said.
“It’s not really a difficult thing: all you have to do is read what
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