Kevin Rawlinson of The Independent claims Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller didn’t respond to requests he never made
It is customary for mainstream media “journalists” to lie, but this “news report” is singularly mendacious.
Note the headline. Why is it “right-wing” to fight for the freedom of speech, the freedom of conscience, and equality of rights for all people? The term is essentially meaningless — what it really means when agenda-driven pseudo-journalists like Rawlinson use it is “This person is bad. Don’t support him.”
“Right-wing American speakers planning to join the EDL’s Woolwich march ‘should be banned from entering the country,’” by Kevin Rawlinson for the Independent, June 21:
The Home Secretary is understood to be considering a request to ban two of the people behind a campaign against New York”s “Ground Zero Mosque” from entering the UK.
Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, who are among America”s most notorious anti-Muslim campaigners, have been invited to speak at an English Defence League rally in Woolwich to mark Armed Forces Day and the death of Drummer Lee Rigby. But the chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee Keith Vaz has written to Ms May expressing his concern and labelling them “incendiary speakers”.
“Anti-Muslim”: Leftists and Islamic supremacists favor this label because it implies that those who are fighting for freedom are actually against a particular group, and want to deny them rights rather than protect the rights of all. It is a particularly repugnant canard not only because it suggests that defending freedom and human rights constitutes bigotry, but because it paints a huge target on the backs of those to whom the label is applied — a target that those who style themselves the defenders of Islam are all too eager to take a shot at.
“The death of Drummer Lee Rigby”: You may recall that Rigby didn’t die of natural causes. He was brutally murdered by a Muslim who immediately invoked the Qur’an to explain and justify his murder. Think about that: Kevin Rawlinson and those who are trying to keep us out of the U.K. (the petition against us has the same language about Rigby) gloss over the facts about Rigby’s murder because they are, in effect, rushing to the aid of those who committed it, and demonizing those who are saying that we must resist this brutality.
In his letter, Mr Vaz wrote: “These individuals are infamous in America for inciting racial hatred, including sponsoring discriminatory advertisements placed on public transport.
What race is jihad terror against innocent civilians again? I keep forgetting. And what discrimination have we ever advocated in any of our ads? None whatsoever. Vaz is, of course, lying.
“It is clear that the location, motivation and attendees at this march will incite hatred. Adding incendiary speakers such as Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer just fuels the fire.”
Resisting jihad will incite hatred, doncha know. Better we just keep silent and surrender.
Ms Geller is notorious in particular because of her involvement in an advertising campaign which called some radical Muslims “savages”. Along with Mr Spencer, she runs the anti-Islamic Stop Islamization of America.
“Savages”: At least Rawlinson had the minimal decency, unlike Hope Not Hate, to note that the ad didn’t call all Muslims savages. One wonders, however, why calling “some radical Muslims” savages would make someone “notorious.” If someone acts like a savage, say, by brutally murdering an entire family as they slept, and others act like savages by passing out candy and celebrating those murders, then it is refreshing to find someone like Pamela Geller with enough courage to call a savage a savage. If that makes her “notorious,” then our entire body politic should strive to be “notorious” as well, instead of ignoring this evil and kowtowing to its perpetrators.
“Anti-Islamic”: Brave pro-democracy demonstrators are fighting against Islamization these days in Turkey and Egypt. They are Muslims, but they want secular government, not Sharia. Are they “anti-Islamic” as well?
Mr Vaz”s opposition follows pressure from campaign groups like Hope not Hate, which also wrote to the Home Secretary. In its letter, the ant-racism [sic] organisation wrote that they believed the pair”s objective was to “incite hatred against all Muslims“. They also wrote that the “consequences of their very presence in the UK will give encouragement to racists and extremists, who seek to use the awful murder of Drummer Lee Rigby to further their hateful agenda”.
“Anti-racism”: What race was the jihad beheading of Lee Rigby on a street in Woolwich?
“Incite hatred against all Muslims”: It is Hope Not Hate, Kevin Rawlinson, and others who perpetuate this canard who are doing this, not Pamela Geller or I. We never speak about “all Muslims” in any way, or call for any illegal action or any action at all against innocent people. But people like Keith Vaz, Nick Lowles of Hope Not Hate, who could not defend his claims about me on the BBC yesterday, and Kevin Rawlinson want you to believe that we target innocent Muslims, so as to demonize and discredit us — and enable the jihadists for whom they are so eagerly serving as Useful Idiots.
“Racists”: What race was the Boston Marathon jihad bombing?
“Extremists”: Why is it “extremism” to defend the freedom of speech, the freedom of conscience, and the equality of rights of all people before the law? Well, I guess if you’re a jihad enabler like Keith Vaz, that does constitute “extremism.”
The letter added: “We believe that there is no place for such hate in the United Kingdom”¦ by holding a march and rally in Woolwich the EDL is attempting to whip up racism and hatred against all Muslims. Having Geller and Spencer speaking at their rally will only give them additional attention.
“Racism”: What race was the Fort Hood jihad massacre?
“Hatred against all Muslims”: Muslims who genuinely reject jihad terror and Islamic supremacism, as all the major Muslim organizations in the U.K. claim to do, should be standing with us. Instead, they demonize us as well. How revealing.
“We believe in freedom of speech and the rights of people to hold and express different views. However, in a democracy there have to be limits on people abusing these freedoms to incite hatred and we believe that Geller and Spencer are seeking to do just that.”
“We believe in freedom of speech and the rights of people to hold and express different views”: No, you don’t. Who decides which people are “abusing these freedoms” and must therefore be muzzled?
“Incite hatred”: It is not “hatred” to decry jihad violence and say that there should be one law for all people in a society, without one group having special rights.
The EDL plans to hold a march in Woolwich on Saturday 29 June. Anders Gravers, from Stop the Islamisation of Denmark will be the third speaker. The relationship between his organisation and the EDL was strengthened recently when senior figures in the latter visited mainland Europe to meet fellow extremist anti-Islamic organisations.
“Extremist”: If it is “extremist” to stand against Islamization, are all those protesters in Turkey and Egypt “extremist”? If it is “extremist” to memorialize Lee Rigby, was his murderer, Mujahid Adebolajo, a “moderate”?
A government source indicated that the Home Secretary was looking into the proposal to ban the pair. However, a spokesman refused to confirm this, saying that it would not be appropriate to discuss individual cases.
Mr Vaz said: “I am alarmed that the EDL is planning this type of march in Woolwich. Before we have to pay the costs for the extra policing required for this demonstration the Home Secretary should consider using her discretion to ban these two speakers from entering the country. A ban should be enforced properly and physically stop people entering our borders.”
“Extra policing”: Why would this event require extra policing? Not because of me or Pamela Geller, but because of Leftists and Islamic jihadists who would want to do us bodily harm. But according to Vaz, we, not they, are the problem.
Scotland Yard said that it was aware of the march and would have an appropriate policing plan in place.
EDL co-founder Stephen Yaxley-Lennon ““ who also goes by the name “˜Tommy Robinson” – said: “It is ridiculous. We want other extremists to be banned from entering the country. These two people have never been arrested, they are well-respected in America. It is fascism, to me.”
Fascism it is indeed.
Neither Ms Geller nor Mr Spencer responded to requests for comment.
Here Rawlinson is lying outright. He made no attempt to contact me. I asked Pamela Geller about this, and he didn’t make any attempt to contact her, either. He apparently decided to lie about this rather than have to carry any quotes from us countering all his lies and distortions in this story — better to let them stand unchallenged.