Pamela Geller: Love or pathological hatred towards Muslims?
by Sheila Musaji
Pamela Geller is obsessed with, and displays a pathological hatred towards Muslims. Here are some news accounts all relating to the subject of one of Geller’s most recent posts:
The Vilnius Synagogue in Lithuania was closed for a time “after fist-fighting broke out during Shavuot services between two groups of worshipers who wanted to have the other’s rabbi removed from the shul. The service also was interrupted by police, who were called in by one of the groups.” **
The power struggle between Aaron and Zalman Teitelbaum — the sons of Grand Rabbi Moses Teitelbaum, head of all Satmars and a prominent figure in Hasidism — took an ugly turn in October this year when police broke up a melee of hundreds of members from the two opposing factions of the Satmar congregation outside a Williamsburg synagogue. The brawl reportedly erupted when Aaron followers forced their way into Zalman’s temple. Twenty-six arrests were made and seven summonses issued. **
Israeli police have had to restore order at one of Christianity’s holiest sites after a mass brawl broke out between monks in Jerusalem’s Old City. Fighting erupted between Greek Orthodox and Armenian monks at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the traditional site of Christ’s crucifixion. Two monks from each side were detained as dozens of worshippers traded kicks and punches at the shrine, said police. **
On another occasion Roman Catholic and Orthodox clerics exchanged blows inside Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The punch-up began after Greek and Russian Orthodox believers took offence at a door left open by members of the Franciscan order during a service. At least five people were injured in the fracas - including Israeli police officers called in to quell it. **
Scuffles have broken out between rival groups of Greek Orthodox and Armenian clerics in a turf war at Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity. Bemused tourists looked on as about 100 priests fought with brooms while cleaning the church in preparation for Orthodox Christmas. **
In Jerusalem, Christian monks from rival denominations [Ethiopians and Egyptian Copts] have been warring for more than a century over the roof of the shrine which the Ethiopians call the “House of Sultan Solomon” because they believe the biblical King Solomon gave it as a gift to the Queen of Sheba. The Ethiopians lost control of the roof during an epidemic in the 19th century which enabled the Copts to take over. But in 1970, during a brief absence by Coptic priests from a rooftop chapel, the Ethiopian clerics returned and have been squatting there ever since. An Ethiopian monk huddles in the corner of the chapel day and night to guard the squatters’ claim. The Egyptian monk, who has been living with them on the roof since the 1970 takeover to assert the Copts’ rights, decided to move his chair out of the sun during a hot Jerusalem day. “They (the Ethiopians) teased him,” said Father Afrayim, an Egyptian Coptic monk at the next door Coptic monastery. “They poked him and brought some women who came behind him and pinched him,” he said. Each side accuses the other of throwing the first blow in the fist-fight and stone throwing that ensued. Police eventually broke up the brawl but by all accounts many of the protagonists were already wounded. **
And, in Yemen, two Imams got into a fight in a mosque leading to a fight between the supporters of the feuding Imams and requiring the police to be called. **
Only one of these stories was noted by Pamela Geller, the shrillest member of the Islamophobia industry, and provoked her to post an article and to comment “Obama say, “Respect it!” And if they do this to each other, just think what they have in store for the kuffar.”
This story about these two Yemeni Imams is proof of nothing but an all too human tendency to behave badly towards each other. But for Geller (and her partner Robert Spencer) there is no story that has even the remotest possibility of being used to “prove” the “otherness” of Muslims that will slip by their eagle eyes.
Why would someone spend all of their time obsessing over police blotters across the world looking for any example of a Muslim behaving badly or commiting a crime so that they could then generalize that behavior as an indictment of Islam and all Muslims? Why would someone spend all of their time imagining Muslim plots everywhere?
According to Geller, it is because she LOVES Muslims. Pamela Geller says that she “loves Muslims” and has “no problem” with Muslims only with Islam. This is certainly a love that passes all understanding.
It is difficult to understand her protestations of love, since in her own words
”... Devout Muslims should be prohibited from military service. Would Patton have recruited Nazis into his army?
... Al-Qaeda is a manifestation of devout Islam ... It is Islam.
... Saying Shariah is similar to Jewish law is a lowlife lie.
... I would like to feel all warm and fuzzy and embrace the moderate Muslim/ meme but they show no evidence of their existence
... The only voices of reason in the Muslim world are lapsed Muslims or apostates.
... We can pretend or we can strategize on how to defeat our mortal enemy.
... Muslims have no right to invoke Moses and Abraham
... The enemy has infiltrated every department, every division of the federal government and the Obama administration, including the White House. The State Department, essentially being run by Islamic supremacists, has issued a travel alert to American citizens traveling to Europe, to “exercise vigilance and caution in traveling.
... Hussein [meaning President Obama] is a muhammadan. He’s not insane … he wants jihad to win.
... Islam is a mental illness
... Hitler was inspired by Islam
... There are no moderates. There are no extremists. Only Muslims.
... Islam is not a race. This is an ideology. This is an extreme ideology, the most radical and extreme ideology on the face of the earth. ... If you’re a follower of traditional Islam, of pure Islam, then you support jihad.
... the only good Muslim is a secular Muslim
... Jefferson had a copy of the Quran so that he might understand the enemy.
... It’s the Muslims who are dragging the rest of the world with them, in their genocidal dreams of annihilating goodness, creativity, production, inventiveness, benevolence, charity, medicine, technology, and all of the gifts of the Jews. Our goodness makes them ill.
... Good Muslims lie to advance Islam, It’s the law. Atlas readers often hear me refer to taqiya - lies to advance Islam.”
Out of her love for Muslims, she wants to be certain, that Muslims (and everyone else) understands clearly that Muslims have no culture, have made no positive contribution to the world, are responsible for every evil on earth, are a danger to themselves and others and can only be saved by either rejecting Islam or somehow disappearing. This is an act of love for her because if the Muslims can only be saved from their adherence to Islam, then they can cease being “savages” and “barbarians” and join her as shining examples of “civilization”. She even has “leaving Islam?” bus ads to offer help for those who would like to follow her.
As David Neiwert said “But really, does Pam Geller “love” Muslims? I suppose—in the same way a dog loves a rag doll he’s chewed to shreds, or a sadist adores the whipping boy chained up down in his dungeon.”
Geller likes to say “Truth is the new hate speech”. Actually, she is proof that “Hate is the same old hate speech” and she has a tenuous grasp on the meaning of truth.
Geller’s love requires that Muslims accept their inferiority
When the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that they would have an exhibit of Islamic art, Geller expressed her love in an article claiming that such an exhibit was a “whitewashing of Islam”. She said “The artifacts featured in this exhibit are stolen. Period. Stolen from the cultures conquered and Islamized, and the lands appropriated by the Muslims. The Met is passing off this stolen intellectual property as Islamic. It isn’t.”
Not only do Muslims have no culture or art that wasn’t stolen from others, even the Arabic language is in itself dangerous and anyone speaking it is undermining the values of Western civilization. Regarding a proposed Arabic language classes (as well as classes in Chinese and many other languages) at a school in Texas, Geller said: “Arabic is not a language like French or Spanish, it is the language of Islam. What you have to understand is that the spearhead of the ideologically project of Islamic religious imperialism is spread through Arabic.” ... When asked by a fellow guest if she meant that “Arabic is not a language”. Geller responds It is a language, but it is more than a language. It is the spearhead of an ideological project that is deeply opposed to the United States of America.” And, a little later in the program she repeats: “You need to understand that the language of Islam is used as a spearhead to advance the ideology of Islam.”
Geller’s love requires Muslims to be clearly identified
Geller posted a video of a debate between Christina Abraham, Frank Gaffney and Robert Spencer, and her comments included this gem: “Today’s CAIR spokersperson [sic] was a doozy. Going by the name “Christina Abraham” (got that? looks like she’s got the Christians and the Jews covered with that name), an uncovered Western-looking woman unleashed her fury on Robert. Apparently she is a devout Muslim, because in undercover footage of her urging Muslims not to co-coperate [sic] with law enforcement, she is in full Muslim garb. Muhammad said, “war is deceit.” Indeed.” Clearly Geller is upset that not all Muslims have names that are easily recognizable as Muslim names. The fact that Christina Abraham was not a name that Geller recognized as Muslim means that Abraham was deceitful. Perhaps Geller would like us to be forced to wear some sort of visible marker so that people would know we were Muslim. Perhaps a green crescent?
Geller’s love requires Muslims to be isolated from civilized society
When an American Muslim woman was named as Director of the Holocaust Center at Manhattan College, Geller published an article railing against the appointment in which she said “This confounds all human decency. Islamic Jew-hatred is the leading cause of the worldwide record levels of anti-semitism. ... It doesn’t matter who this Muslima is. What matters is the message. Clearly, all Muslims are responsible for anti-Semitism, and are all “Jew haters”. “It doesn’t matter who they are”, the fact that they are Muslim is evidence enough against them, and they should never be given a respectable position in any agency.
Geller’s love sees any positive acknowledgement of Muslims is dhimmitude
She can’t even bear to see a children’s page in a newspaper acknowledging Ramadan, just as they already acknowledge other holidays celebrated by local children, After all, we wouldn’t want those American Muslim children to get the idea that they were just like other kids.
A reality television program on TLC called “All American Muslim” about 5 Muslim families in Dearborn is for Geller an example of “an attempt to manipulate Americans into ignoring the threat of jihad”. Her partner Robert Spencer goes farther and seems upset that the series doesn’t include a family of terrorist Muslims in order to make it more “real”.
An animated cartoon series “the 99” aimed at young Muslims, was for Geller part of part of the “ongoing onslaught of cultural jihad.” She asked her readers to help her make sure it was never aired.
Geller was not pleased about a Canadian television series “Little Mosque on the Prairie”. She called the program “state funded dhimmitude” and asked her Canadian readers to write and complain to their MP’s.
The White House Iftar during Ramadan was for Geller “Ghoulish” and an act of “sedition” and “treason” on the part of the President. To acknowledge an American Muslim holiday, as Jewish and Christian holidays are already acknowledged is now “sedition”?
When President Obama extended greetings to the Muslims on Eid, Geller was disgusted. She said President Obama extended best wishes for Eid al-Adha, the Muslim festival of sacrifice. ... Read the rest of O’s Eid statement here. And frankly, the comparison to Judaism (and Christianity) is an affront. There is nothing at all similar in Islamic teachings to Jewish teachings. Poached stories is all.
Geller’s love would require Muslims to abandon Crescents, paisley scarfs, keffiyeh’s or any cultural symbols associated with Muslims as dangerous and proof of disloyalty
When Rachel Ray wore a paisley scarf with fringe around the edges in a Dunkin Donuts ad, Geller called her a “jihad tool” who was part of the “cultural jihad”, and she called the scarf an “icon of genocide” that stands for the “murder of Jews”. The scarf might look a little like a keffiyah (a typical Arab scarf) although I am not certain which tribe is recognized by their wearing of a paisley keffiyah. And, even if it were a keffiyah, unless everything Palestinian or Arab is also automatically evil, then so what.
Any crescent anywhere is a sign of possible “creeping sharia infiltration” or “cultural jihad”. The Nuclear Security Summit Logo, the Missile Defense Logo, the Flight 93 Memorial, the Google Veteran’s Day Logo, the NASA Logo, all have been seen as dangerous signs of this Muslim takeover of our culture. What do the NSS, Missile Defense Agency, NASA, GOOGLE, Quizno’s, Dreamworks, and Serta logos have in common?
Geller’s love sees even “Muslim food” as dangerous
When Campbell’s offered a line of halal soups Geller was out to save us from being destroyed by this Islamic soup, and pushed a boycott of Campbell’s Soup for offering halal soups for Muslim customers — just as they have done with kosher soup for Jewish customers. Although Geller sees any accomodation to halal foods as dangerous “creeping sharia” and part of a “stealth Jihad”, the U.S. Government has been shipping both halal and kosher meals to soldiers since 1996.
A rumor that Butterball Thanksgiving turkeys might be halal has Geller apopletic. She and Spencer issued an SIOA action alert and a call for a boycott of the company for this “outrage”.
Geller’s love sees any positive act carried out by any Muslim as only a ruse
When the MAS in Alexandria, Virginia announced plans for an Eid celebration for families of children with special needs, Geller was enraged. How dare they do something normal for kids in their community who sometimes miss out on special celebrations because they haven’t been planned with their needs in mind. So, in Geller’s sick mind this becomes a hateful example of a “Muslim Brotherhood front using special needs kids as human shields”. She said Is there anything more vile than exploiting children, or worse, special needs children, as a PR front for a subversive agenda whose stated goal is “eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands ... so that ... God’s religion [Islam] is made victorious over all other religions”? The Muslim Brotherhood in Gaza, Hamas, uses human shields in its bloody war on Israel. The Muslim Brotherhood in America, MAS, uses human shields to conduct its stealth jihad in America. Cultural jihad. This is dawah, proselytizing, an evil agenda using special needs kids. Ugh.
For Geller, and her partner Robert Spencer and the rest of their Islamophobic cohorts, anything that Muslims do is suspect. Islamophobes have a problem with Muslims doing anything at all. Anytime a Muslim steps outside their house, and they find out about it, it is likely to be turned into a sensational story. Geller may be the loudest and the shrillest, but she isn’t alone in her demonization of Muslims.
Here are just a few ridiculous claims about nonsensical Muslim plots fabricated by these Islamophobes:
An Eid Celebration for Muslim Special Needs Kids was described as a “stealth jihad”. A children’s page in a newspaper focusing on Eid was described as a toxic propaganda plot, A Muslim doctor had a heart attack and died at the wheel of his car which then crashed into a shopping mall and this was described as “vehicular jihad”. A Muslim cab driver objected to what he considered pornographic ads on the roof of his cab, and that became a stealth-jihad plot to impose Sharia on America. Any Muslim who has sued an employer for violation of their rights under the EEOC is engaged in employment jihad, or litigation jihad. Muslim environmentalists are said to be actually engaged in “civilizational jihad”. A cartoon series “The 99” aimed at young Muslims was described as “cultural jihad”. The victims of the terrorist attack of 9/11 included Muslims, they were accused of dying as martyrs in an act of jihad.
The Islamophobes have uncovered countless examples of “shocking” Muslim jihad plots. They have uncovered: bumper sticker jihad, Thanksgiving turkey jihad, an incredible paisley scarf jihad, marriage to important men jihad, spit jihad, fashion jihad, spelling bee jihad, rape jihad, defacing dollar bills jihad, population jihad, creeping Sharia jihad, mosque building jihad, terror baby jihad, “creeping Sharia” jihad, pedophilia jihad, bus driver prayer jihad, forehead bruise jihad, postage stamp jihad, soup jihad, banning alcohol jihad, fake hate crimes jihad, piggy bank jihad, tv reality series jihad, handshake jihad, prom jihad, interfaith jihad, Arabic language jihad, public school jihad, religious accommodation jihad, Crescent moon jihad, Christmas tree tax jihad, oath of office jihad, immigration jihad, community fundraiser jihad. Christina Abraham (a Muslim) has a name that is not recognizably Muslim enough and so we have stealth name jihad.
You get the idea, these folks are stark raving mad!
And these lunatics are the folks who regularly bring you some item of bigoted propaganda stating some “fact” that everyone “knows” about Islam or Muslims which are all, quite simply, not facts at all. These are claims that have no basis in fact, but are repeated over and over until most people just accept them as true. They become memes and are transmitted like a virus from person to person. You can find responses to hundreds of such claims here. You can also click on any of the links included in this list of commonly repeated claims in our WHAT EVERYONE “KNOWS” collection of false claims, and you will find an article that explains why that claim is false.
The most commonly repeated false claims about Muslims and Islam are that:
Everyone “knows” that most or all terrorists are Muslims, and there are no Christian and no Jewish terrorists (or terrorists of any other religious stripe), and that Muslims are all militant, inherently violent, more likely to engage in violence against civilians, and more likely than other Americans to be radicalized.
Everyone “knows” that Muslims are not interested in dialogue. That Muslims don’t help Christians in need. That Muslims can’t have Christians as friends, and are anti-Semites, Holocaust deniers, and intolerant of other faiths.
Everyone “knows” that Muslims don’t unequivocally denounce terrorism, that American Muslim leaders have not responded to radicalization in their community, that mosques are the source of radicalization, that 85% of mosques are run by radicals, that Muslims don’t cooperate with law enforcement.
Everyone “knows” that Muslims are not equivalent to real Americans, that they are the enemy within, and a fifth column, that good Muslims can’t be good Americans, that Muslims are not loyal to America, that they are not a part of our American heritage,
Everyone “knows” that Islam itself is the problem and makes Muslims “backward”, that Muslims have made no contribution to the West, that Islam is “of the devil”, a Crescent menace, a “green peril”, that was spread by the sword, an “evil encroaching on the United States”, and not a religion.
Everyone “knows” that this is a Christian nation, which the Muslims are trying to take over, starting with getting an Eid stamp which is the first step towards shariah law which is a threat to America, and a threat to our judicial system, by purposefully having more children than others to increase their numbers, and they will be the majority in this country in 20 years. Muslims are a threat to America
Everyone “knows” that the Muslims’ goal is world domination under a Caliphate, and the proposed Cordoba House in NYC is a demonstration of supremacism and triumphalism, and that Muslims planned to open it on the anniversary of 9/11.
Everyone “knows” that Islam is a monolith and all Muslims are the same, like the “Borg”. This means that every act committed by an individual who is a Muslim is directly attributable to Islam, and never because the individual is crazy, criminal, or perverted.
The problem is that what “everyone knows” is wrong. These self-righteous and incorrect statements are usually followed by a demand that the Muslim community do something about whatever is the false flag of the day or face the inevitable consequences.
In addition to these “everyone knows” statements of demonization and misrepresentation, there is also a whole industry of simply connecting with Islam or Muslims with any negative idea, event, or societal trend (even when there is no sane connection to make). These I think of as “Through the Looking Glass” claims.
For example, lots of “news” items never happened, or are simply not true.
— Arabs didn’t celebrate 9/11 at a Dunkin Donuts in New Jersey.
— Budweiser did not pull all its product from the shelves of a convenience store where there was celebration of the terrorist attacks - this never happened.
— The Muslim statement of faith (Shahada) is not an expression of hate.
— An American Missionary in Africa didn’t face possible murder charges and hanging because of a traffic accident.
— There is no verse of the Qur’an on “The Wrath of the Eagle”.
— The supposed bomb threat made by an Arizona student that led to an evacuation of the school was a hoax by non-Muslim students.
— The story that Iran was considering forcing Jews to wear a yellow star appeared in several publications and it was totally false.
— The story that Iran was going to attack the U.S. and/or Israel with nuclear weapons on August 22, 2006 was a lie.
— The slaying of the New Jersey Coptic family was falsely charged to Muslims.
— The story about the British banks banning piggy banks so as not to offend Muslims never happened.
— Muslims are not more likely to support terrorism and violence than Christians or Jews.
— Muslims did not destroy the Library of Alexandria.
— Nurses in Britain were not “ordered to drop everything and turn Muslims’ beds toward Mecca five times daily”.
— There is no Muslim sword through the 41-cents mark on the U.S. Eid stamp.
— Sirhan Sirhan is a Christian, not a Muslim.
— The Virginia Tech massacre had no connection with Islam.
— The University of Oklahoma bombing had no connection with Islam.
— A bus driver in Britain didn’t tell passengers to get off the bus so he could pray.
— Rachel Ray’s Paisley scarf is not a symbol of “murderous Palestinian Jihad” (and neither is a Keffiyah).
— A Muslim student in Florida did not refuse to stand for the pledge of allegiance.
— There were no Muslims acting suspiciously on Air Tran flight 297.
— Wearing a tee-shirt with Arabic writing on it does not make a person dangerous.
— A Madrassah is simply a school.
— The zebibah (prayer bruise) on some Muslims foreheads is not a sign of a “commitment to jihad”.
— There is no “spit jihad”
— There is no hijabi employment jihad
— There is no Muslim “marriage to important men” jihad plot
— Jihad is not terrorism.
— Ashura is not a “Muslim blood festival”.
— Muslims are not forbidden to have non-Muslims as friends.
— The Shahada (declaration of faith) is not an “expression of hate” that is “closely identified” with terrorism.
— The Nuclear Security Summit logo is an atom on a circular path, not an Islamic symbol.
— The U.S. Missile Defense Logo is not evidence of ‘Submission To Shariah’, and neither is the Flight 93 memorial.
— The Google Veteran’s Day logo doesn’t display a secret Muslim agenda.
— Muslims also died on 9/11.
— Barack Obama is not a Muslim, but so what if he was?
— Mattel is not promoting Sharia with a subversive doll that supposedly says “Islam is the light”.
— The Hamas “child bride” incident was nothing of the sort.
— The best buy Happy Eid statement on an ad was not a subversive attempt to “water down” American holidays
— The “Muslim plot” to kill the Pope never happened
—The story about a flight from London to Malta being stopped because a Muslim man was praying in the aisle was a lie
— Five American Muslim soldiers never plotted to poison their fellow soldiers.
— There is no devious Muslim plot to groom attractive Muslim women to marry important men or politicians - an Islamic/socialist/left wing plot to advance a pro-Muslim Agenda and take over America.
— Straight prayer lines, beards, hijabs, gender segregation during prayers, wearing a watch on your right hand, wearing “non-western” clothing, etc. are not “Sharia adherent behaviors” that might correlate with the promotion of violence.
— Muslim environmentalists are not part of a sinister plot to colonize the west.
— All of the rapes Oslo, Norway over the past three years were not “committed by Muslim immigrants using rape as a weapon of cultural terrorism”.
— There was no Muslim plot hatched in an on-line forum to attack British Jews over Israel’s actions in Gaza, and there was no “Islamist” named Abu Islam making these fake postings.
—Ayatollah Mohammad Taqi Mesbah-Yazd did not justify and provide Islamic guidelines for the raping of prisoners. The story was a lie.
— Keith Ellison’s use of the Qur’an in the photo op after his swearing in was not “undermining American culture”
—There is no Muslim scholar named Sheikh Haron, and everything he does or says as a supposed member of the Muslim community is a lie.
—Muslims do not block New York streets to pray every Friday.
—There is no plot to have terrorist babies born in the U.S.
—Stephen Coughlin, a Pentagon anti-terrorism specialist was not ousted because his superiors thought he was too critical of Islam
—The Holocaust museum shooting had nothing to do with Islam.
— Anders Breivik’s terrible massacre in Norway was not “a jihad” or even commited by a Muslim
— The word Slav does not come from the word for slave and has nothing to do with Islam. Slavery is not only a Muslim problem.
— There is no Muslim vehicular jihad plot
— All rapes in Norway have not been committed by Muslims (not even most)
— Whole Foods offering halal products during Ramadan was not “shilling for jihadist interests”
— There is no plot by Muslim cabdrivers in New York City to impose Sharia on America
— Muslims are not more likely than non-Muslims to approve of violence against civilians (PEW poll)
— Muslims are not intolerant of other faiths (Gallup poll)
— Claims about Muslim inferiority due to “inbreeding” are racist and a misrepresentation of the issue
— The photo of a Yemeni passenger on the Mavi Marmara holding a dagger was totally misrepresented
— There was no assassination attempt on an EDL leader in Britain
— Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf did not make a comment blaming “the Jews” for 9-11
— “Islamophobia” is not an “attempt to silence freedom of speech”
— There was no Muslim Thanksgiving turkey “stealth jihad” plot
— The ridiculous complaints about crosses at Catholic University were not made by Muslims
— The White House Iftar was not a “ghoulish” or “disgraceful” attempt to appease Muslims
— Muslims don’t hate dogs
— Muslim handshaking customs are not an attempt to force Sharia on others.
— The tragic Belgian massacre by Nordine Amrani was not a “jihad” attack and Amrani wasn’t a Muslim
— The Hollywood shooter, Tyler Brehm was not a Muslim
— An Eid party for Muslim special needs kids was not any sort of “stealth jihad”
— Requesting reasonable religious accommodation in the public sphere is not “creeping Sharia”.
— Muslim students did not “target Jewish students” with eviction notices at a Florida University.
— A spelling bee for students at Muslim schools was not an example of the inability of Muslims to integrate.
There is a reason that many outside of the Muslim community see such demonization of Muslims as Islamophobic. There is a reason that the ADL (A Jewish anti-defamation group) has said that Pamela Geller & Robert Spencer’s Stop the Islamization of America (SIOA) is a “group that promotes an extreme anti-Muslim agenda”. There is a reason that The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated SIOA as a hate group, and that they are featured in the SPLC reports Jihad Against Islam and The Anti-Muslim Inner Circle. There is a reason that Geller and Spencer are featured prominently in the Center for American Progress “Fear Inc.” report on the Islamophobia network in America. There is a reason that Geller is featured in the People for the American Way Right Wing Playbook on Anti-Muslim Extremism. There is a reason that Geller is featured in the NYCLU report Religious Freedom Under Attack: The Rise of Anti-Mosque Activities in New York State. There is a reason that Geller is featured in the Political Research Associates report Manufacturing the Muslim menace: Private firms, public servants, and the threat to rights and security. There is a reason that the SIOA’s trademark patent was denied by the U.S. government due to its anti-Muslim nature. There is a reason that they are featured in our TAM Who’s Who of the Anti-Muslim/Anti-Arab/Islamophobia Industry. There is a reason that Geller is featured in just about every legitimate report on Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hatred.
These people consistently promote the what everyone “knows” lies about Islam and Muslims. They generalize specific incidents to reflect on all Muslims or all of Islam. When they are caught in the act of making up or distorting claims they engage in devious methods to attempt to conceal the evidence.
The claim that “truth tellers” are being accused of Islamophobia for no reason other than their legitimate concerns about real issues and that in fact there is not even such a thing as Islamophobia is nonsense. The further claim that the fact that there are fewer hate crimes against Muslims than against Jews also proves that Islamophobia doesn’t exist is more nonsense.
The reason that this is so obvious to so many is that rational people can tell the difference between legitimate concerns and bigoted stereotypes. The Islamophobia of these folks is very real, and it is also strikingly similar to a previous generations’ anti-Semitism.
There is a site that maintains an archive of Nazi anti-Semitic propaganda. It is depressing reading, but over and over again I found examples of claims and statements that mirrored claims now being made against Muslims and Islam. Here are a few examples:
- Nazi propaganda maintained that all Jews were responsible for the act of any Jew “The murder of Ernst vom Rath did not slow legal measures aimed at solving the Jewish Problem, but rather sped them up. The Jews living in Germany had to pay a fine of a billion marks to discourage them from repeating the cowardly murder.” **
- Nazi propaganda maintained that Judaism was not a religion. “Argument 1: “You say that religion is a private matter. But you fight against the Jewish religion!” Counterargument: “Actually, the Jewish religion is nothing other than a doctrine to preserve the Jewish race.” (Adolf Hitler). “In resisting all government attempts to nationalize them, the Jews build a state within the state (Count Helmuth von Moltke). “To call this state a ‘religion’ was one of the cleverest tricks ever invented.” (Adolf Hitler). “From this first lie that Jewry is a religion, not a race, further lies inevitably follow.” (Adolf Hitler).” **
- Nazi propaganda maintained that the Jews hated all non-Jews and they wanted to destroy the Gentiles and dominate the world ** Further “Whether or not there is an organized Jewish government recognized by all the Jews is less important that the fact that there is a unified and conscious Jewish desire for world power. This is proved by a variety of political events that are taking place in plain sight today.” **
- Nazi propaganda maintained that a war against Judaism was a war against the devil **
- Nazi propaganda maintained by distortions of the Torah and Talmud that Judaism teaches hatred **
- Nazi propaganda maintained that “The goal of the Jew is to make himself the ruler of humanity. Wherever he comes, he destroys works of culture. He is not a creative spirit, rather a destructive spirit.” **
- Nazi propaganda maintained that “Nearly all major inventions were made by Aryans.” The Jews had no real creativity ** Further “Wherever Jewry has appeared, it has never built anything. It has always and everywhere destroyed or torn down, sucking others dry to fill itself. From the days of the Romans to our day, Jewry in every century, in every people, was and remained a foreign body, a destroyer of real and ideal values, a denier of any upward progress, a plague for body and soul. It sneaks in through deceit and treachery, trickery and slyness, murder and assault, understanding how to establish itself.” **
- Nazi propaganda maintained that A GOOD JEW COULD NOT BE A GOOD GERMAN, that it was impossible for a Jew to honestly say “I am a “good German” and a “decent Jew”! Only a Jew has the insolence to make such a claim. I answer it only to reach the public and finally dispatch the absurd notion of the “decent Jew.” The fable of the “decent Jew” is not a German fable that has been handed down by our people and therefore something with educational value, but rather it is a shameless lie designed to lull the host people to sleep and appeal to hysterical weaklings.” ** And further “And you think you can be a “good German”! True, you do speak German, just as your racial comrades in other countries speak English, French, Spanish, and Polish, but you are no more a German than they are Englishmen, Frenchmen, Spaniards, or Poles, since Jews are a foreign body in every people.” **
- Nazi propaganda maintained “Each Jew individually, and Jewry as a whole, is without a home. Jewry undermines every people and every state that it infiltrates. It feeds as a parasite and a culture-killing worm in the host people. It grows and grows like weeds in the state, the community, and the family and infests the blood of humanity everywhere. In brief, that is the pestilential nature of Jewry, against which every people, every state, every nation must, should, and wants to defend itself if it does not want to be the victim of this bloody plague.” **
I pray that rational people can tell the difference between love and pathological hatred.
I believe that any human being whose heart and mind are not closed by hate, must see the parallels. There is no claim about some particular Imam somewhere saying something extreme or just plain stupid that can’t be matched by a Rabbi or a Reverend doing the same. There is no act of violence carried out by Muslims that can’t be matched by those carried out by Christians and Jews. There is no community that is free of criminals and hateful people. There is no more violence in the Qur’an than in the Torah or the New Testament. There is no religious community that doesn’t have individuals (even individuals who should know better) who attempt to use religion to justify their wrong actions, or who make distorted interpretations of their religion to justify themselves.
Jews, Christians, and Muslims need to step up and be counted, and do what they can to marginalize their own extremists, and stop demonizing each other.