Is Islamic Jihad Not "Savagery”?
Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Pamela Geller, the founder, editor, and publisher of AtlasShrugs.com. She is the executive director of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) and Stop Islamization of America (SIOA), and is a regular columnist for World Net Daily, the American Thinker, and other publications. She is the author of Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance.
FP: Pamela Geller, thank you for joining FrontPage interview today.
Pamela Geller: Thank you, Jamie.
FP: Pamela, you have placed ads nationwide saying: "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat jihad.”
These ads have attracted a great deal of controversy. How Come?
PG: Jamie, this ad touched off a nationwide firestorm, with pundits and activists all over the country excoriating me for using the word "savage” to describe Islamic jihadists and supremacists. Leftists and Islamic supremacists denounced them as "racist” and "offensive.” For example, Ahmed Rehab of the Hamas-tied Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) recently denounced the ad on Chicago television, saying that since jihad is central to Islam, therefore "Defeat Jihad” means "Defeat All Muslims.” Then he says that because the ad refers to all Muslims, it is racist. These are two immense leaps of logic. We’re always told that the vast majority of Muslims reject jihad violence, but now suddenly when it comes to my ads, to refer to jihad means to refer to all Muslims. And of course Islam is not a race, and Muslims are not all members of a single race.
Rehab was not the only one. Dhimmi Jewish groups joined in as well. Leftist Christians and Jews put up counter ads. And most notoriously, CNN "journalist” Mona Eltahawy attacked the ad and my associate Pamela Hall with a can of spray-paint in the New York subway. She has since then stoutly defended her action on the grounds that my ad was "racist.” After her little act of fascism she had the gall to claim that she was merely exercising her freedom of speech.
However, recently the hypocrisy and double standards of the leftists and mainstream media has become clear. It turns out that using the word "savage” is not always racist and offensive.
FP: Really? When is the word "savage” not racist and offensive? (continue reading...)