Free-speech firebrand Pamela Geller has submitted an ad to the Washington, D.C. transit authority featuring the winning image from the “Draw Muhammad” cartoon contest held earlier this month in Garland, Texas.
Because freedom of speech is under violent assault, the human rights advocacy group the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) has announced a new ad campaign to defend freedom of speech and stand up to violent intimidation kicking off in the nation’s capital. (More below the fold)
Pamela Geller to Juan Williams: I Have Fought in Court & Won Against Fierce Bullies Like You (VIDEO)
“The fact is, the liberal, cultural and academic elites are censoring this cartoon, the winning cartoon in the Mohammad art exhibit by a former Muslim, Bosch Fawstin, to show the American people what is being kept from them. What is being censored by the media. No one elected the media or academia our proxy to relinquish our freedom of speech… I have fought in court and won and it is fierce bullies like Juan Williams who want to impose the Sharia. This is the Shariah, Juan. Where are you going to stop? Are you going to stop drinking beer? Are you going to stop girls from wearing short skirts? “-Pamela Geller
Pamela Geller is to blame for deaths, says Juan Williams
Muslim cleric: Satan and Jews are the enemies of Muslims, Jews will meet their end by gathering in Israel…
Egyptian Clerics Repeat Franklin Prophecy Myth, Call the Jews “Donkeys” and “Apes and Pigs,” and Say: Making Our Children Loathe the Jews Is a Form of Worship of Allah
Following are excerpts from Al-Rahma TV featuring Egyptian clerics discussing the Jews, which aired on March 6, 2012:
Egyptian cleric Gharib Ramadhan: There are very many traits that characterize the Jews, and the Koran focused on a few of them, such as the violation of commitments, from which we suffer to this day. Not just us in Egypt – the entire world suffers from this.
Another trait is their hard-heartedness, God forbid. If you want to know what true hard-heartedness means, go to the Jews. You will find a lot of it there.
They were deported from England by King Edward, and from France by King Philip. They were deported from Hungary, from Belgium, from Czechoslovakia, from Austria – I won’t start with the dates – from Holland, from the Kingdom of Naples, from Russia… Wherever they go they get deported and then they return. For example, they went back to France and to Hungary, and were deported again. If they are good people, how come people get rid of them?
Allah punished them by transforming them into apes and pigs, and by prohibiting them from eating several edible things. He forbade them to eat anything with claws – animals and birds that do not have cloven hooves, like camels, geese, ducks… They are prohibited from eating ducks. If Sheik Amin were here, he could have told us how greatly they were punished.
Moderator: May Allah reward you, Dr. Gharib.
Egyptian cleric Shihab Al-Din Abu Zahu: I would like to comment on…
Moderator: Make it quick, we have a break.
Shihab Al-Din Abu Zahu: He said that they were deported from wherever they went. US President Benjamin Franklin… It is the US that sponsors them today, but if the Americans had acted upon Franklin’s legacy, they would have saved America. May Allah make them fall along with the Jews.
US President Benjamin Franklin said: “A great danger threatens the United States of America. That danger is the Jewish danger. In whichever land the Jews have settled, they have corrupted the morals, and lowered the level of commercial honesty. They always isolate themselves and never mix with others. For more than 1,700 years, they have been lamenting their fate, because they were expelled from the lands of their forefathers.
If Palestine were given back to them, not all of them would go there, because they are parasites and cannot live at the expense of their own kind. They must live among the Christians or others not of their race.
If these Jews are not expelled from the United States by the Constitution, within a century, they will be streaming into the US in such large numbers that will enable them to rule and destroy our people. They will change the form of government for which we shed our blood, and for which we have sacrificed our lives, our property, and our personal freedom. Within less than a century, our grandchildren will have to work in the fields in order to feed the Jews, while the Jews control the financial institutions. If the American people do not deport the Jews once and for all, their children and grandchildren will curse them in their graves.
The values of the Jews are not the same of those of the Americans, and will not be the same even if the Jews live among us for ten generations. A leopard cannot change its spots. The Jews will pose a danger to America, if they are allowed freely in. They will destroy US institutions, and the Americans must deport by the Constitution.” These are the words of US President Franklin.
Egyptian cleric Abd Al-Rahman Al-Sawi: In the Koran, Allah called the Jews “donkeys.” Donkeys. They are donkeys. What can you do with a donkey? Allah said: “Those who were charged with the Torah, but failed [in this obligation], are similar to a donkey carrying books.” These are the Jews, right? They failed in the obligation to carry the Torah.
We are not talking about the Jews of the days of Moses. They repented. They were tormented until they believed in Moses. We don’t mean those Jews. We mean the Jews of today. They are like donkeys carrying books. There is a very symbolic story that really moved me.
A man was sitting in his home, when all of a sudden, in walked a donkey. What was he supposed to do with this donkey? He began screaming: “Donkey, get out! Get out!” But the donkey wouldn’t leave. “Don’t you understand? Get out,” he said, but the donkey wouldn’t budge. What was he to do? He grabbed a microphone, and screamed: “People, I have a donkey in my home, and he must leave.” But the donkey would not move. He brought all the neighbors, and they all began shouting: “We denounced the donkey for entering your home.” But the donkey wouldn’t leave.
The man said to the donkey: “The apartment has three bedrooms, a bathroom, and a living room. Take one room, and leave the rest to us.” The donkey twitched its ear, but wouldn’t leave. The man said: “Donkey, take two rooms,” but the donkey wouldn’t leave. “Take the room, and we will live in the bathroom.” To no avail. Finally, the people began to scream: “The donkey won’t leave!”
A little boy heard them, walked in with a small stick, and began beating the donkey until it got out. Beat a donkey, and it will immediately jump. That’s what you do with donkeys.
[The Jews] support all the means of corruption. They support whorehouses. They support satellite dishes in order to air whatever they like. Birth control pills and devices are supported by the Jews. Dr. Shihab quoted President Franklin, who was US president 40-50 years ago. He said that they spread corruption even among the Americans. That is why they were deported from everywhere.
Egyptian cleric ‘Alaa Said: The [Jews] are treacherous. Allah, who created them, told us so. We must be resolute and fill hearts with hatred and loathing. By Allah, the hatred and loathing of Jews is a form of worship. When we make our children loathe the Jews, it is a form of worship of Allah. These are people hated and loathed by Allah.
Abd Al-Rahman Al-Sawi: I want our children to be raised on this notion. When I give a child a toy, I give him a gun, not a football. Enough with the football. I give him a gun and tell him: Shoot, but don’t shoot your brother. Shoot the Jews.
I said in a statement: “Because the media and the cultural and political elites continue to self-enforce the Sharia without the consent of the American people by refusing to show any depictions of Muhammad or showing what it was in Texas that had jihadists opening fire, we are running an ad featuring the winning cartoon by former Muslim Bosch Fawstin from our Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest in Garland, Texas.”
Let the American people see what the cowardly press is censoring in accordance with the blasphemy laws under the sharia (Islamic law).
The ad campaign has been submitted to the Washington, D.C. MTA to run on buses and train dioramas in the Foggy Bottom, Capitol South, Bethesda, L’Enfant Plaza, and Shady Grove stations.
“Drawing Muhammad is not illegal under American law, but only under Islamic law. Violence that arises over the cartoons is solely the responsibility of the Islamic jihadists who perpetrate it. Either America will stand now against attempts to suppress the freedom of speech by violence, or will submit and give the violent the signal that we can be silenced by threats and murder.”
“We cannot submit to the assassin’s veto.”
It was the jihadis, not I, who made the cartoons a flash point. If we surrender on that point and stop drawing Muhammad, we’ve established a precedent of surrendering to violent Sharia enforcement, and once established, we will be made to reinforce it again and again. Islamist government is a unique threat to free speech and liberty
Freedom of speech is the foundation of a free society. Without it, a tyrant can wreak havoc unopposed, while his opponents are silenced.
Putting up with being offended is essential in a pluralistic society in which people differ on basic truths. If a group will not bear being offended without resorting to violence, that group will rule unopposed while everyone else lives in fear, while other groups curtail their activities to appease the violent group. This results in the violent group being able to tyrannize the others.
I added: “There is nothing about this cartoon that incites violence. It is within the established American tradition of satire. If America surrenders on this point, the freedom of speech is a relic of history.”
AFDI Vice President Robert Spencer stated: “Many people on both the Left and the Right are saying that we should do nothing to provoke Islamic fundamentalism. The immediate answer would seem to be that we should do nothing to provoke violent jihadis, that the prudent thing to do would be to avoid doing things that anger them. But if we did that, they would not they stop coming at us. Last September, an Islamic State spokesman boasted: ‘We will conquer your Rome, break your crosses, and enslave your women, by the permission of Allah, the Exalted. This is His promise to us; He is glorified and He does not fail in His promise. If we do not reach that time, then our children and grandchildren will reach it, and they will sell your sons as slaves at the slave market.’”
“In light of that, what is the point of asking whether or not we should provoke them? They’re already provoked,” he continued. “A more useful question now is whether it is really productive and helpful to signal to them that we will acquiesce to their threats of violence and change our behavior accordingly, or whether we will instead signal to them that their violent threats are not going to frighten us into submission.”
The ads have been submitted to run on buses in Washington, D.C.
AFDI stands for:
- The freedom of speech – as opposed to Islamic prohibitions of “blasphemy” and “slander,” which are used effectively to quash honest discussion of jihad and Islamic supremacism;
- The freedom of conscience – as opposed to the Islamic death penalty for apostasy;
- The equality of rights of all people before the law – as opposed to Sharia’s institutionalized discrimination against women and non-Muslims.