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

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David Solway

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October 1, 2013 - 12:00 am
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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 alleged 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.

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It will be as it is meant to be. Thank you, David. We're all Mark Steyn, Pam Geller and Spencer. Unless we ourselves are lobotomized, that is all we have left to be.
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I guess Herr Goebbels would enjoy great celebrity status today and be fawned upon.
51 weeks ago
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Yes - fear. Fear of a world at war, the inability to define the enemy; corruption, denial. All these and more. Perhaps too the simple horror that you are fighting untold numbers of people, many of whom are trained and prepared to do horrible things if sufficiently motivated or recruited. Also, too, an unwillingness to deal with the implications of the reality of Jihad as to what it says about human nature in general.

Could the Muslim world be quarantined? I don't know, but I don't think it will ever be, even if a Muslim state acquires and uses nukes against 'infidels.'
52 weeks ago
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..meant as a reply to AdenoidsOut.
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Thanks, I tend to agree, reluctantly; but since I was a teenager during WW2, am having trouble "getting my head around" this new type of trans-national guerrilla warfare. It's even different from the guerrilla warfare of the Cold War, Viet Nam/Lao era, which I can recall more accurately. Then, at least the enemy wore uniforms.

Must be a generation gap thing.
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Sorry to take away from the comments, but I have a beef.

Whenever I read an article by PJmedia, I'm asked to click if I want a single page. If I click on the "single page" it's the same number of clicks as just reading the first page and then clicking to the second page. It's a frustrating waste of time.

Why not start with a single page, and if someone wants to break it up into 2 pages, give them the option.
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.....my own beef is an objection to those awful and trashy photos in the ads we must scroll over to reach the Comments. They're so awful as to appear deliberately chosen for being just that. Realizing that we must have ads to keep this site "free", can't some ads be found which aren't gross?
51 weeks ago
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Just perhaps, that was part of the Dimmitude the Rabbi N. Daniel Korobkin of the Beth Avraham Yoseph Congregation had to pay to keep his congregation open and safe from Muslim aggression.
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The young woman is simply a product of government brainwashing of our younger generations...public schools and universities are re-writing history and pu$$yfying our children. Why do you think there is such a huge uproar over vouchers and school choice? We cannot have our young people removed from liberal indoctrination....

Remember BENGHAZI!
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Ms. Geller and Mr. Spencer are heroic figures in my book, too, and must be heard: heard well and thoroughly because their view of the Islamic threat is correct. We must support them. To not do so, as recently happened in the UK, is to turn a blind eye to their warning of this growing existential threat to Western Civilization.
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David, i recently got a human resources bureaucrat to get all fidgety and cross-eyed just by mentioning i was reading a book detailing Western scholarship that throws doubt on whether "Mohammed" ever actually existed.

Hatemongers, bigots, and racists serve exactly the same role in today's discourse as did traditional racial slurs: excluding people and their thoughts from legitimate consideration. Maybe the only way forward is to point this out to CBC types, to accuse them, shamelessly, of being victimizers, maybe not even harping on their implicit Judeophobia. Only through their victimary sensitivity might creep in sunlight.
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"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..."

You are, at the least, on the right investigative track. How can they not know?

Bolshevism, Fascism, Nazism...obscure things in far places they were. There are now no far places and slaughter is not obscure.

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Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer are bold and brave...true heroes to the cause of truth and freedom. God bless them both!

~ The Infidel Alliance
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