On Friday, March 7, I was interviewed by SBS TV in Australia about our SION/Q Society Conference on Liberty and Islam. A Q Society operative filmed the interview. In the above video I’ve combined the raw footage of the actual interview with the report that SBS ran that night. —Continue Reading Â»
Here is video of my remarks at the SION/Q Society at the First International Symposium on Liberty and Islam, which was held in Melbourne, Australia on March 9, 2014. Â Continue Reading Â»
Media Bias: SBS TV News Segment on Liberty Conference followed by unedited Pamela Geller Interview
After I landed in Australia airport for ourÂ 1st International Symposium on Liberty and IslamÂ in Australia, I was interviewed by SBS News (Australia’s PBS). Their news segment covering our historic symposium is shown in the first two minutes in this video. What follows is the unedited interview I had with the reporter. Watch it. Check out what they chose to run and their obvious bias, and what they left on the cutting room floor. Very telling.
If you missed Pamela Geller’s speech in Australia, you can watchÂ it here.Â
Unedited Pamela Geller Interview here:
Australian Muslims are 10 times more likely to die waging jihad in Syria than serving in the military
They don’t like what BernieÂ Gaynor has had to say about political correctness in the army.Â Major Bernie Gaynor jnr has served three tours of duty in Iraq but he is going to be thrown out of the army this week, or next, or very soon. And he is not going quietly:
Â ”The [Muslim] community’s participation rate in the ADF is low. There were 88 Muslims in uniform in mid-2013. That means that, while there is one Australian in uniform in every 400, there is only one Muslim in uniform for about every 6000 Muslims in this country.
”This is not because the Islamic community is peaceful. I think there are now nine Australian Muslims who have died in Syria. On a per capita basis, that is equivalent to the ADF losing over 400 soldiers in Afghanistan. So while the Islamic community is 15 times less likely to contribute to our nation’s defence, it is 10 times more likely to see its sons die on the battlefield … for a cause that hates Western life, history and culture.”Â (Pamela Geller)
PAKI CLERICS WANT U.S. ‘ALLY’ TO EXECUTE BLASPHEMERS
Islamic clerics in Pakistan, a longtime U.S. ally, are demanding that their government impose a mandatory death penalty for “blasphemy” against Islam and its prophet, instead of a prison sentence.
According toÂ the Middle East Media Research Institute, the Roznama Nai Baat in Pakistan reported the move by some 150 clerics in Sunni Tehreek Ulema, a Muslim organization.
“The demand by the federal shariat court to end the life sentence for committing blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad was endorsed, on an appeal from Sunni Tehreek chief Sarwat Ejaz Qadri, by the Sunni Tehreek Ulema Board’s 150 clerics and muftis [who are qualified to issue fatwas or decrees],” the report said.
Pakistan is a nuclear power that has worked openly with the U.S. on counter-terrorism.
The report cited Sarwat Ejaz Qadri, a cleric who expressed concern that the issue has been put on the shelf for 23 years amid international pressure.
“Foreign dictation in the matters of Islamic law will not be accepted,” he said.
Author and blogger Pamela Geller, who specializes in the threat of Islam to Western society, commented that life sentences for critics of Islam is “apparently too soft a punishment.”
She said nobody should be fooled by so-called moderate Muslims who insist Islam can be reformed.
“Reform or reinterpretation is a crime in Islam – it is the crime of hypocrisy. Also punishable by death.”
WND has reported latelyÂ on several confrontations in Pakistan over its controversial blasphemy laws. Recently, Pakistani preacher Adnan MasihÂ asked to be heldÂ in jail voluntarily after he was threatened by the outlawed terrorist group Jamaad ud Dawa.
Members of the group filed a blasphemy charge against the 25-year-old teacher and preacher,Â alleging he blasphemed Muhammad in a bookÂ sold in his brother’s store. Angry mobs surrounding the courthouse forced the cancellation of Masih’s most recently scheduled court appearance.
International Christian ConcernÂ Asia specialist William Stark said he’s not so sure that jail is safer for the street preacher.
“Whether he is safer in police custody or in hiding is debatable. In hiding, Adnan could be discovered by extremists and murdered. In police custody, he will be held in jail away from the extremists in Pakistan’s society but will be exposed to the extremists that are in the prison system,” Stark said.
But Stark added that Masih had another reason for turning himself over to police custody. Police were holding his brother, the Christian shop owner who sold the book that prompted the trouble, and another relative.
WND also reported on theÂ March fireÂ that destroyed more than 200 Christian-owned houses in Joseph Colony, an enclave in Lahore.
The rioting followed the arrest and detention of Joseph Colony resident Sawan Masih. Masih allegedly got into a heated religious discussion in a restaurant, and a Muslim threatened to accuse him of blasphemy under Pakistan’s notorious law.
Former PLO and Muslim Brotherhood operativeÂ Walid ShoebatÂ leads a human rights group that works to rescue people accused of blasphemy.
In another case, Rimsha Masih, a young Pakistani, was falsely accused of burning a Quran. She and her family were granted asylum and relocated to Ontario.