Geller & Spencer Create “Muslim Cat Crucifixion” Lie to Inflame Hatred
by Sheila Musaji
In March of 2012 an article was posted Images of Cat Crucifictions in Ghana Have Begun Recirculating. This article shows exactly a horrific photograph of men holding up the crucified cat. The author says that the cat was crucified in Ghana for being a demon, and that “last year, The Ghana Society for the Protection and Care of Animals condemned the crucifictions. The GSPCA not only condemned the killing last year, but even went so far as to add that cats should be fed regularly, provided with veterinary care and sufficient space in which to exercise, and not be subjected to either threats or molestation. There is no evidence that the photos now being circulated produce any evidence of new crucifictions.”
In October of 2011, the same photo appeared in an article Cats on the Cross: Crucifixions in Ghana which says “The photograph was posted online by someone who calls himself Kwabina Daniels, a.k.a. Popkon Sika-one. He possibly could be one of the youths shown in the photo but even that has been called into question by the Ghana Society for the Protection and Care of Animals’ (GSPCA) plea for the public’s assistance in identifying those pictured.”
No one knows who the young men shown holding up the cat are, they are simply identified as from Ghana, and as killing the cat because they thought it was a demon. According to a profile of Ghana, the religious profile in Ghana is: Christian 68.8% (Pentecostal/Charismatic 24.1%, Protestant 18.6%, Catholic 15.1%, other 11%), Muslim 15.9%, traditional 8.5%, other 0.7%, none 6.1% (2000 census). So, there is no way to tell the possible religious affiliation of these men.
And, now in yet another display of Islamophobic madness, both Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer posted this same photograph on their sites with appropriately dramatic titles - Spencer: Nigeria: Muslims Crucify a Cat to Protest Muhammad Video ( http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/09/nigeria-muslims-crucify-a-cat-to-protest-muhammad-video.html ); Geller: Muslims in Nigeria Crucify a Cat on the Cross to Protest Freedom of Speech ( http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2012/09/muslims-in-nigeria-crucify-a-cat-on-the-cross-to-protest-freedom-of-speech.html ).
I left the url’s open so you can see that they did exist, and these articles still come up on a google search, but they have been scrubbed. If you click on the links, there is nothing there.
UPDATE: I have been sent a webcache of the page on Spencer’s site which you can see HERE. He had posted it on 9/17 at 10:41 a.m. I posted this article the same day at 6:10 p.m. after which Geller and Spencer attempted to conceal the evidence by deleting the posts. The comments already posted on Spencer’s article before it was deleted show clearly that he achieved his goal of inciting anti-Muslim hatred. Here are just a few:
— This is Islam. It is too savage for words. — This goes to prove again these people are not human beings. call them anything but human beings and animals and beasts because they are all infinitely better than Muslims!! — What barbarians! ...muslims always murder innocent victims, and now this. Sick! — Undoubtedly they wanted to crucify a Christian, but a cat was used instead. — I can not find the words to describe this barbarity! There isn’t another religion anywhere in the world that would do such a thing. None. Just Islam! — Pictured is the rotten fruit of islam for all the world to see. But of course the mainstream media won’t show you these pictures. They’re too busy pushing the false notion that islam is a religion of peace than to bother with the TRUTH about islam and company. — And to think that there are people who believe that Muslims are human.
So, Spencer and Geller did their dirty work, stirred up more hatred, attempted to conceal the evidence, and then claim that they are “truth-tellers” and defenders of freedom.
Geller and Spencer did their dirty work, and promoted a totally false story, and after it was picked up by many other Islamophobic sites, deleted the evidence of their involvement.
Here are just a few ridiculous claims about nonsensical Muslim plots and crimes these Islamophobes have lied about:
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. Joel Hinrichs (a Christian) had a beard and had walked through the parking lot of a campus mosque thus proving that his crime was an example of sudden jihad syndrome. The awful April 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech by a Korean student was also called Islamic jihad because Cho’s father had once worked in Saudi Arabia (before he was married and before Cho was born). 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. Muslims hoped to open a Muslim hospital in the U.S. and that was called hospital jihad.
The Islamophobes have uncovered countless examples of “shocking” Muslim jihad plots. They have uncovered:
bumper sticker jihad — Thanksgiving turkey jihad — 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— public school/madrassa jihad — post office jihad — food jihad — pyramid jihad — crucifixion jihad — fireworks jihad — computer donation jihad — civic participation jihad — Olympic “judo” jihad
Nothing is too trivial to escape the eagle eyes of these “defenders of Western civilization” against devious Muslim stealth jihad plots. Christina Abraham (a Muslim) has a name that is not recognizably Muslim enough and so we have stealth name jihad. And, if a Muslim somewhere is not doing anything at all suspicious, then they are engaged in pre-violent jihad.
There is a reason that many, even outside of the Muslim community see such demonization of Muslims as Islamophobic. There is a reason that the ADL has stated that Brigitte Gabriel’s Act for America, Pamela Geller & Robert Spencer’s Stop the Islamization of America (SIOA), David Yerushalmi’s Society of Americans for National Existence (SANE) are “groups that promote an extreme anti-Muslim agenda”. There is a reason that The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated SIOA as a hate group, and that these individuals are featured in the SPLC reports Jihad Against Islam and The Anti-Muslim Inner Circle. There is a reason that these individuals and organizations are featured prominently in: — the Center for American Progress reports “Fear Inc.” on the Islamophobia network in America and Understanding Sharia Law: Conservatives skewed interpretation needs debunking. — the People for the American Way Right Wing Playbook on Anti-Muslim Extremism. — the NYCLU report Religious Freedom Under Attack: The Rise of Anti-Mosque Activities in New York State. — the Political Research Associates report Manufacturing the Muslim menace: Private firms, public servants, and the threat to rights and security. — The ACLU report Nothing to Fear: Debunking the Mythical “Sharia Threat” to Our Judicial System — in The American Muslim TAM Who’s Who of the Anti-Muslim/Anti-Arab/Islamophobia Industry. 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 these individuals and organizations are featured in just about every legitimate report on Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hatred.
The reason is that these individuals and organizations consistently promote the what everyone “knows” lies about Islam and Muslims. They see “jihad” everywhere especially where it doesn’t exist. 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 they are “truth-tellers” and “defenders of freedom” who actually “love Muslims” and have never engaged in “broadbrush demonization” or “advocated violence” are nonsense. The claim that they are falsely 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, or their claim that the fact that there are fewer hate crimes against Muslims than against Jews or that some Muslims have fabricated such crimes “proves” that Islamophobia doesn’t exist, or that the term Islamophobia was made up by Muslims in order to stifle their freedom of speech, or that anti-Muslim bigotry is “not Islamophobia but Islamorealism” are all 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 Industry exists and is engaged in an anti-Muslim Crusade. They have a manifesto for spreading their propaganda. They produce anti-Muslim films. They are forming new organizations and coalitions of organizations at a dizzying speed, not only nationally, but also internationally. They have formed an International Leadership Team “which will function as a mobile, proactive, reactive on-the-ground team developing and executing confidential action plans that strike at the heart of the global anti-freedom agenda.” Their goal is to marginalize the Muslim community by creating mistrust and hatred. The Islamophobia of these folks is very real, it is also strikingly similar to a previous generations’ anti-Semitism, and it has predictable consequences. Originally posted 9/17 at 6:10 p.m.