#GivingTuesday is a day devoted to aiding organizations that work for truth and justice. That’s why there is no more fitting recipient of your tax-deductible donation on this Giving Tuesday than the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), America’s foremost human rights activist group.
We can’t do the work without you.
AFDI is groundbreaking and unique among human rights organizations. Since its founding, AFDI has been a gamechanger — taking on the battle head-on, and taking it straight to the enemy. We fought for the rights of ex-Muslim teen Rifqa Bary when her father threatened her life; we dedicated a memorial to Aqsa Parvez and other victims of honor killing (the only organization in the Western world to memorialize and stand up for the rights of honor killing victims); we ran thousands of bus ads highlighting the threat of jihad and Islamic antisemitism; we defeated the sinister Ground Zero Mosque project; we filed a dozen free speech lawsuits, which we all won, with the government striking back and banning all political ads. We are fighting back, but there is a silver lining: the bad guys can’t run their propaganda anymore, either. All those anti-Israel ads? No more.
Here is a brief summary of what we have accomplished so far in 2016:
1. AFDI’S MUHAMMAD MOVIE
We’re setting the record straight about our Garland free speech event – and telling the truth about the war on free speech.
It was a day that changed America. And now we’re making a movie to tell the truth about what happened on that day, and why. Hollywood will never tell this story. The media will never tell this story. Our public schools and universities will never teach our children what happened. The truth must be told.
I’ve begun preparing a new documentary on the Garland attacks – a follow-up to my acclaimed 2011 documentary, The Ground Zero Mosque: The Second Wave of the 9/11 Attacks.
This much-needed new documentary won’t just give you the inside story of what happened in Garland and why. It will lay out the full and appalling details of the all-out assault on the freedom of speech that is taking place today – and why this may be the most crucial battleground today in the war for the survival of the United States of America as a free republic.
It will feature new and exclusive interviews with me, Dutch freedom fighter Geert Wilders, who was the keynote speaker at the Garland event, and Muhammad cartoon contest winner Bosch Fawstin, along with event co-organizer Robert Spencer and free speech warriors Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Mark Steyn, Douglas Murray, Ezra Levant, Muhammad cartoonist Lars Vilks, and other champions of freedom. These interviews will reveal events at Garland and its aftermath that have never before been revealed to the public, and demonstrate how far advanced the war on free speech really is.
Above all, We’ll set out the media firestorm that followed the Garland event, as well as the attempts to kill me, and explain why the event’s detractors were all missing the point: the freedom of speech doesn’t apply only if you like the message; it applies to everyone. And if it is gone, so is a free society.
The implications of my Garland event are far larger than the event itself. The reaction to our event indicates how advanced the Islamic war on free speech is, and how close the leftist and Islamic supremacist authoritarians are to final victory and the death of free speech.
2. FIGHTING BACK AGAINST THE ISIS DEATH FATWA ON ME
Fox News ran it as a front-page story in March: I’ve been marked for death by an Islamic fatwa – but I’m still fighting for the freedom of speech.
Fox News ran this story about my fight for the freedom of speech on March 28:
Pamela Geller, co-founder of the controversial anti-Muslim extremist American Freedom Defense Initiative, is believed to have been the target of two men who tried to storm a “Draw Muhammad” cartoon competition in Garland, Texas, last year. She had already been threatened with death from various Islamist groups, including ISIS.
What’s controversial about defending freedom?…
Geller, who lives in New York City under constant guard, said she will never give up her campaign to warn the world about radical Islam.
“I take nothing for granted. I’m aware of the risks,” Geller noted. “But I would rather die standing up than on my knees.”
And I am standing up. An Islamic State jihadi who ordered Muslims in the U.S. to kill me was recently himself killed by a drone strike in Syria. I continue my work undaunted.
The media is still not telling the American people the whole story about the Islamic war on free speech, and it must be told. The American people are woefully unprepared for what is coming.
On September 11, I spoke at an event organized by Congressman Tom Tancredo, but not before receiving threat warnings from the FBI. A large police, FBI and security detail was required to insure the safety of the over 400 who attended the standing-room-only event.
Freedom of speech in the age of jihad. Our security costs are mounting. But we are determined not to let these murderous thugs silence us.
3. FIGHTING FACEBOOK CENSORSHIP
The war is in the information battlespace, and the leftist/Islamic machine is working to shut down all opposition to its sinister authoritarian agenda.
Facebook tried to censor me, but the blowback was so fierce, we were reinstated.
“Facebook and Reddit accused of censorship after pages discussing Orlando carnage are deleted in wake of terrorist attack,” Daily Mail
Facebook shuts down ‘Stop the Islamization of America’Arutz Sheva, Israel National News
Banned & blocked: Facebook & Reddit censor users after Orlando massacre Russia Today
Facebook is a key tool for people to exchange information that is not available from the mainstream media, and to circumvent media disinformation and censorship. Now that Mark Zuckerberg, under pressure from Angela Merkel and others, has adopted a policy of censoring news that portrays Muslim migrants in an unfavorable light and reveals the jihadi motivations of the Orlando killer, a primary avenue for disseminating politically incorrect information is being closed. Zuckerberg is unwittingly serving the sharia imperative of prohibiting criticism of Islam, and striking a tremendous blow against the freedom of speech, the cornerstone of any free society.
Our pages on Facebook and Twitter reach over close to half a million people a day. That’s huge. When the Ohio State University jihad attack hit, my Facebook live session reached 1.5 million people — and counting.
We filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, challenging Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) under the First Amendment. In a press release, the AFLC explained that “Section 230 provides immunity from lawsuits to Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, thereby permitting these social media giants to engage in government-sanctioned censorship and discriminatory business practices free from legal challenge.” AFDI, its President Pamela Geller, and Jihad Watch and its director Robert Spencer, are bringing this suit.
4. PRO-ISRAEL ADS IN SAN FRANCISCO
The hate-filled anti-Israel group known as the Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign (SEAMAC) ran bus ads in San Francisco that proclaimed, “Boycott Israel Until Palestinians Have Equal Rights.” As always at AFDI, we countered with the truth.
Using the Nazi disinformation template, the SEAMAC ad was a total lie: Muslims serve in the Israeli Knesset and have more rights in Israel than they do in Muslim countries.
And so we unveiled a new advertising campaign that boldly told truths about Israel and the Palestinian Authority that the U.S. government and the mainstream media seem determined to obfuscate.
Our AFDI ad depicted children dressed as jihad terrorists and brandishing guns and knives, in photos taken from Palestinian Authority media, and reads: “The Palestinian Authority Teaches Children to Hate. End All U.S. Aid to the P.A.” It went up on hundreds of buses in San Francisco.
The public square is increasingly available only to a far-left perspective; other points of view are shut out. But at AFDI, we are not going to accept this. As always, we tell truths other groups fear to tell.
5. SUING THE BRITISH — AGAIN
We filed suit in the United Kingdom – again. We are fighting for freedom there harder than most Brits.
In June, I reported that we were starting a new ad campaign to run on London taxis. It consisted simply of quotes from Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, such as “I have been made victorious through terror.”
I was told by John Kehoe, a representative of Media Agency in London, that the London buses would not accept my ads, despite the fact that the buses were running ads proclaiming the greatness of Allah. It was Media Agency that suggested I run the ads on taxis instead. I agreed.
I had signed contacts and paid in full on May 13. On that day, we released an announcement: AFDI- Taxi Supersides Contract Between Media Agency Group and Pamela Geller is Signed and Filed!
On June 27, I wrote to John: “John, Please confirm that the ads are up and running today.” On June 28, I receive an email from Gabrielle Conneely of Transport Media telling me that “all taxis are now posted and on the road.”
But here’s the thing: the ads never ran.
Transport Media lied. They said that hundreds of our ads were running on London taxis. When I asked for proof of placement – environmental shots of taxis bearing the ads on London streets – they stopped answering my emails.
If the ads had been running, there would have been an uproar in the dhimmi British media. The Guardian would have been furious that we dared to insult Muhammad by quoting his exact words.
Also, don’t you think that if the ads had been running, every Muslim cabbie in London (i.e., every cabbie in London) would have been on strike and up in arms (some literally) and refusing to drive, or peeling off the ads, etc.?
But there was nothing. Not one word.
The ads never ran. These perfidious Albionites to lie to you and take your money. They never ran the ads.
Can you imagine what would happen if they tried to pull this on jihad or Sharia groups?
We have filed suit. We are not going to sit by and be defrauded. These ads should have run, and the British police should have been poised to defend the freedom of speech.
But this lawsuit is expensive. It has already cost us over $35,000, and more charges will be coming. No British attorneys will work for us pro bono. This is an important fight for the freedom of speech.
6. OUR FLAGSHIP WEBSITE REDESIGNED AND LAUNCHED
For months I worked on a redesign of The Geller Report (formerly known as Atlas Shrugs), AFDI’s flagship website.
I rebuilt and redesigned Atlas — now titled The Geller Report — to give you more news and information in a more engaging format. The home page and home screen have a new, visual design built around big stories, trending headlines and the latest news the enemedia censors and scrubs. Stories and photos load faster. Less waiting time! Easier to share! And so much more of the content you count on — truth and transparency.
The new site is amazing –– it was important that we have the best technology, the best security and the best platform. As you may recall, the website has been the target of multiple, massive DDoS attacks.
Most people are unaware how important the website is. It’s the mother ship. All of the activism — the protests, the ads, the conferences, Ground Zero mosque movement, Muhammad art exhibit, etc all started here – at Atlas, now The Geller Report. The daily news covering stories the media censors are widely shared by readers on Facebook, Twitter, email, etc — it’s a real movement for freedom. You and I wage the fight in the information battle-space. The new site will make your fight easier.
Behind it all is your favorite news “curator.” Obama and Hillary wants more news ‘curation’. Well, he is going to get it. The costs of the rebuild, webmaster, web designer, security, firewalls, bandwidth is a small fortune. I am looking at costs upwards of 10k.
Longtime Atlas readers know I have been at this 24/7/365 for the past 15 years. And I am never going to give up. This Giving Tuesday, please help us continue our work for freedom. Our future depends on it.
Everyone who understands that the freedom of speech is the foundation of a free society should stand with us now – and help us stand for the First Amendment as it suffers its most concerted attack in decades.
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