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David Solway: A tribute to Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer

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David Solway was in Canada at our talk a couple of weeks ago in Canada. Here's what he saw. Positive press is a rare thing, Enjoy.

The Pam and Robert Show By David Solway, PJ Media (thanks to Ruth King)

Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer speak out, despite efforts to silence them.

Recently I attended a symposium featuring the notable conservative
writers and anti-Jihadists Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer. Titled “The
Dangers of Islamic Extremism and Western Complacency,” the symposium
was held at the Toronto Hilton and hosted by the Jewish Defense League
(JDL). (Event video available here.)
Earlier on, the Islamic organization CAIR-CAN, now rebadged as the
National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), had sent a brash and
menacing letter to the Hilton attempting to intimidate it into annulling
the event. The letter was courageously ignored by hotel management, and
the event took place as advertised. I say “courageously” since the
previous May a similar lecture by Geller, slated for the Chabad Flamingo
Synagogue in Toronto, was summarily cancelled by the presiding rabbi,
Mendel Kaplan, who succumbed to the strong-arm tactics of the diversity,
equity and inclusion bureau of the York Regional Police. The bureau’s
director, Inspector Ricky Veerappan,
who also happens to be a Muslim, threatened Kaplan with the loss of his
police chaplaincy if he went ahead with the Geller presentation, and
the good rabbi buckled. I suspect that his late Chabad colleague Rabbi
Gavriel Holtzberg, butchered by Islamic terrorists in Mumbai on November
26, 2008, would have shown rather more backbone.

As I strolled about the premises during the afternoon, I noticed that
our national broadcaster, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC),
was conspicuously present, unloading equipment from several vans under
the supervision of a youngish woman brandishing a microphone. As I had
previously worked for the Mother Corp in music and public affairs, I
decided to engage her in conversation under the aspect of an informal
chat between fellow professionals. She was there, I learned, to cover a
press conference to be held that afternoon by the NCCM protesting the
Geller-Spencer symposium scheduled for later that evening. Naturally,
the Geller-Spencer talk was not on her agenda. It did not take long for
me to discover that she knew absolutely nothing about the Muslim
Brotherhood affiliations of the CAIR group, even less about the Muslim
Brotherhood, and less than that about Islamic terrorism, the Koran, the
Hadith, and the inflammatory statements of various Muslim-Canadian imams
advocating stoning for adultery, wife beating, gay bashing, and Sharia
law in general.

When I quoted her chapter and verse from the Koran mandating the
killing, mutilation and suppression of infidels, she grew distinctly
uncomfortable. When I mentioned the large al-Quds demonstration
just this August in a park near the Ontario parliament in Toronto,
flying the Hezbollah flag and calling for the murder of Jews (which,
incidentally, was not covered by the mainstream media), she fidgeted and
said, “I’m sorry, sir, what you’re saying sounds like hate speech.”
When I informed her that, during last year’s al-Quds demonstration,
two arrests were made — of ordinary Canadian citizens in Queen’s Park,
which is a public space, one man walking his dog (anathema to Muslims)
and the other carrying an Israeli flag (also anathema to Muslims), while
odious Islamic chants and placards inciting death to Jews and Israelis
were tacitly sanctioned — I was once again accused of propagating hate
speech.

At first I was stunned into silence. In rehearsing the explicitly
violent passages from the Koran, followed to this day by Islamic
terrorists, and bringing her attention to the homicidal declarations of
Muslim assemblies, I was somehow, in a bizarre twist of plain logic,
guilty of defamation. I knew that what I was confronting was something
akin to a medical condition common to the liberal intelligentsia, a
pathological inability to parse reality — or worse, an ideological
lobotomy identical to the cortical paralysis of our own Supreme Court
which, in a ruling
of February 27, 2013, deposed that truth is no defense in the context
of giving possible offense. Telling the truth is now understood as
another form of hate speech, which means that one is no longer permitted
to hate what is manifestly hateful. The corollary of this demented
attitude is that one is permitted and even encouraged to lie with
impunity, despite volumes of countervailing evidence, for example: Islam
is a religion of peace, Israel is an apartheid state, the climate is
warming owing to anthropogenic tampering and “climate deniers” are
essentially perpetrating a “hate crime,” conservatism is a brand of
fascism, and so on, which prevarications, in another grotesque
distortion of simple consistency, are not considered hateful.

Such mental aberration, the hallmark of our times, is accompanied by a
species of abject pusillanimity coupled with self-righteousness, a
cowering timorousness before and surrender to the agents of injustice,
creeping totalitarianism and militant aggression that goes hand in hand
with the sanctimonious presentation of self as noble, sensitive and
sublimely ethical. This complex of moral turpitude and pharisaical
narcissism was brought home to me with renewed intensity as I listened
to Rabbi N. Daniel Korobkin of the Beth Avraham Yoseph Congregation
introducing Geller and Spencer that evening. For nearly fifteen minutes
of the rabbi’s preamble, I did not hear the names of our speakers
mentioned once, except when the moment came to cede the podium. But I
learned a tremendous amount about the rabbi’s educational and
intellectual history, his great respect for Islam, his adulation of his
two, late Muslim teachers at UCLA, whom he professed to represent, and
his tribute to Rabbi Kaplan — the same who had rescinded his invitation
to Geller on the pretext, apparently, of being in a position to do
greater good by retaining his police chaplaincy. Regrettably, Rabbi
Kaplan was unable to attend the evening’s event. Of course, no reason
for his glaring absence was offered.

Evidently, it is not only the zombified media and a bellicose and
crafty Islamic cohort that have joined forces in attacking and weakening
Western cultural resolve — or its remnant. Jewish conciliators like
Rabbis Kaplan and Korobkin, for example, or the Canadian Jewish News
that rejected a press attachment promoting the JDL (which, as noted,
sponsored the Geller and Spencer evening) are equally implicated. The
press attachment in question was no doubt turned down owing to the JDL’s
uncompromising stance, taking to task the “Rabbis and Shul Executives
bending to the Jihadist abuses and threats” (personal communication from
the JDL leadership). But toleration of abuse, as well as the attendant
unwillingness to meet the enemy bravely and intelligently, has been a
ubiquitous court-Jewish trait since time immemorial.

As for Geller and Spencer, they were true to form, charismatic, warm,
funny, humble, factual and unabashed in detailing with methodical
precision the information war we are in imminent danger of losing and
the inroads that “civilizational jihad” (a term employed by the Muslim
Brotherhood) and Sharia law are carving into the living body of a
failing liberal culture on the brink of moral and civic collapse. The
television crews that covered the earlier Islamic conference were
nowhere to be seen; indeed, in the days prior to the lecture, the media
repeated the same tedious and appeasing mantra:
“The National Council of Canadian Muslims worries Pamela Geller and
Robert Spencer will spread ‘hate and misinformation’ about the Islamic
faith when they speak at a Toronto-area hotel Tuesday evening, the
group’s executive director said.” But staunch defenders of freedom
tirelessly working to repair the lesions of a commissurotomized age are
either airbrushed out of the picture, disdained as inconsequential or
dismissed as hatemongers, bigots or racists. “What we are witnessing in
the years since 9/11,” laments Freedom Press editor Janice Flamengo,
“is increasingly conscientious ‘Sharia compliance’ by western elites.”
Such “staggering illogic, inversion, and distortions… have become common
currency in discussions of Islam amongst our cultural elite.”

As I wrote some time ago, adapting a famous verse of T.S. Eliot: “This is the way the world ends, not with a bang but a simper.”

 

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