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The Travis Bickle of jihad enablers, Nathan “Garibaldi” Lean, is at it again, retailing his familiar libels of Pamela Geller and me in the San Francisco Examiner. Warner Todd Huston takes him down here: “San Fran Media Attacks Pamela Geller over New Anti-Jihad Bus Ads,” by Warner Todd Huston for Breitbart News, March 21:
Without allowing for a response, the San Francisco Examiner, for instance, gave the space to attack Geller to one Nathan Lean, editor in-chief of Aslan Media, a left-wing, progressive site dedicated to pushing Muslim issues. Aslan is also heavily influenced by Iran and its Mullahs.
In his March 20 piece, Lean claimed that Geller and partner Robert Spencer “desire to ignite a culture war along faith lines” and equated the pair to Osama bin Laden because both considered themselves “freedom fighters.” Lean also said that Geller-Spencer are supporters of the violence in Britain perpetrated by some members of the English Defense League and that the advertisement campaign is “destroying” the cause of liberty.
Lean also promulgated the known false story that a Youtube video sparked mass terror attacks across the Middle East last year. Absurdly, he linked Geller-Spencer to that video with tangential “evidence.”
Geller and Spencer wrote a response to the Lean piece but feel confident that the San Francisco Examiner will not publish it. In an interview, Geller noted that the paper did not contact her about Lean’s editorial ahead of time or offer her any room for response.
While Lean pontificated on how Geller is “destroying” the “cause of liberty” and freedom of speech with her ad campaigns, he has himself in the past been an advocate for stopping people from speaking out against Islam, has enlisted the support of hackers to “take down” Robert Spencer’s site, Jihad Watch, and hinted that he could expose the home addresses of anti-jihadists to intimidate them into silence….
At one point in Lean’s San Fran Examiner piece, he claimed Geller and Spencer have a “desire to ignite a culture war along faith lines.” Geller called this “hysterical.”
“My desire is that all people should be free,” she said. “I am a human rights activist. I elected to do this work despite that my name is smeared and I’m marginalized because I know this work is righteous. My work is dedicated to freedom of speech, freedom of conscience and individual rights. And I make no apology for this, either.”
Lean equated Geller and Spencer to Osama bin Laden because the terrorist also considered himself a freedom fighter. “Bin Laden viewed himself in precisely the same way,” Lean said, essentially portraying Geller and Spencer as somehow just like the murderer. This sort of illicit moral equivalence is typical of the tactics leveled against Geller.
“I’m fighting bin Laden’s message of death and violence and because I’m fighting that it equates me to him? This is devoid of any kind of moral compass, but this is the narrative of Islamic supremicists,” Geller told Breitbart News.
“This is the art of the smear taken to the next level. They always use the word ‘extreme’ in a negative way, but is extremism in the pursuit of the truth or in love a bad thing? I don’t think so. They are trying to make all passion and belief a bad thing.”