With the exception of the preeminent scholar on Islam, Robert Spencer, there has been only one other courageous soul who has come out in support of our ads: Gina Miller.
Imagine that. Among all of those warhorses and blustering bloviators and intellectual cowards on the right, not one could make a case for truth and freedom.
Clearly the right is past its expiration date. Despite hundreds of thousands of articles, posts, and opinings railing against our jihad awareness ads, the right was absent as it has been on most everything. My email box was overflowing with letters of support — who speaks for them in the political and cultural arena? No one. That vacuum made Obama’s reign of lawless rule possible.
Kudos to Gina Miller, native of Texas and current resident of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, a conservative Christian political writer. Let’s hope she and others like her have a voice, a real voice, in the national dialogue.
Pamela Geller maligned over counter-jihad ads
By Gina Miller, Renew America, October 1, 2014
On Monday, I read a column at BarbWire.com by Pamela Geller of the American Freedom Defense Initiative. In it, she reported on the insane backlash in New York against her group’s counter-jihad ad campaign that simply tells the truth about this diabolical movement. Elsewhere, on September 20th at Freedom Outpost, she announced the ad campaign in her column, “New AFDI Ad Campaign Exposes Truth about Islam & Jihad that the Media & Government Ignore“:
The series of six ads will run on 100 New York City buses beginning next week. One key new ad points up the uselessness of the distinction between “moderate” and “extremist” Muslims, depicting two photos of Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, a London-based Muslim who pursued a career as a rap artist until he turned to jihad and went to the Islamic State. The first photo shows Abdel Bary as a rapper; the second just before he beheaded American journalist James Foley. Abdel Bary’s face is masked in the second photo, but British intelligence has identified him as the murderer of Foley. The ad bears the legend, “Yesterday’s moderate is today’s headline.”
Due to a request from James Foley’s parents, and out of sympathy for their grief, the photograph in that ad was changed to a different one with the barbaric Bary holding someone else’s severed head.
The ads are right on the money. They’re simple, common-sense declarations of the truth of what we face with hell-born Muslim conquest around the world. However, the deluded adherents to “political correctness” among us refuse to tell the truth about Islamic jihad, and instead, attack those of us who do. Rather than acknowledge the dangerous reality we face in demon-possessed Islamic drones who are hell-bent on spreading the bloody cancer of Islam, they revile the watchmen on the wall who warn of the imminent threat of this evil movement.
In her column at BarbWire.com titled, “Jihad Double Standard – How the Media is Paving Way for Islamic Chaos in US Streets,” she focuses on a hit piece in the New York Daily News in which the dhimmi writer blasted her and the ad campaign as “fomenting fear and hate.” The writer, Rajdeep Singh, who is a Sikh, claims that the ads could threaten innocent Muslim lives. I wonder if he thinks the ads are more dangerous to innocent Muslims than their fellow Muslims who are killing them by the thousands.
He attacks Ms. Geller personally, calling her “obnoxious” and a “messenger of hatred,” and labeling the ads as “Islamophobic tripe” and “troubling.” He cites an anecdotal story of a Muslim family who gave shelter to his grandparents in the late 1940s in the India-Pakistan region. While it’s nice that his family received help from a Muslim family almost seventy years ago, this in no way negates the truth of Pamela Geller’s ads that tell it like it is about Islamic jihad in our nation and world today.
Mr. Singh invokes the canard of the elusive “moderate” Muslim in defending his disdain for Geller and the ad campaign, as he writes:
There are fringe extremist groups in many religious communities throughout the world. ISIS, Al Qaeda and others are real threats to Americans. But they constitute a tiny fraction of the total population – which, in the case of Muslims, totals up to 1 million in New York City and more than 1 billion globally.
Nor is it the case that moderate Muslims are failing to condemn extremists. The devout Muslims I know are disgusted with these groups.
By pandering to the lowest common denominator, Geller is failing to acknowledge the devout Muslims who are working full-time to combat extremism and promote secular, pluralistic democracies in Muslim-majority countries.
Where are these “devout Muslims” who are “working full-time to combat extremism”? Where are they working to “promote secular, pluralistic democracies in Muslim-majority countries”? Maybe they’re all over the place, but they just don’t get any press coverage. Yeah, that must be it, because I’ve never seen or heard from any of these “moderate, devout Muslims” speaking against “extremist” Muslims. In truth, what the Left calls “extremists” are simply devout Muslims, Koran-thumpers, if you will, who actually follow the teachings of their book.
As for his claim that the ads pander to the “lowest common denominator,” let’s take a look at what some of the ads say:
“In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat jihad.”
“Yesterday’s moderate is today’s headline. It’s not Islamophobia. It’s Islamorealism.”
“Hamas is ISIS. Hamas is Al-Qaeda. Hamas is Boko-Haram. Hamas is CAIR in America. Jihad is jihad.”
“Christians are becoming extinct everywhere in the Middle East except Israel. 2/3rds of all US foreign aid goes to Islamic countries. End US aid to Islamic countries.”
These ads are what the Daily News writer claims pander to the lowest common denominator. I would bet that the vast majority of people reading this fully agree with those ads. Does that mean we are the lowest common denominator? No. We’re just realists who are not swayed by the senseless tyranny of “political correctness.”
Read the rest.
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