The Pam and Robert Show

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two, late Muslim teachers at UCLA, whom he professed to represent, and his tribute to Rabbi Kaplan -- the same who had rescinded his invitation to Geller on the pretext, apparently, of being in a position to do greater good by retaining his police chaplaincy.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 Fiamengo, “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.”