I am set to speak in Iceland on May 11, and they have Left-fascists enemies of the freedom of speech and enablers of jihad terrorism there, too. This smear piece in the marvelously titled Reykjavik Grapevine uncritically retails all the usual ingredients of the American Left’s defamation playbook on me, with of course no rebuttal or opposing view from anyone, and unsurprisingly, Paul Fontaine made no effort to contact me for comment. His hit piece does include a few twists that may mark a new low for the Grapevine’s journalistic credibility: he confuses me with neo-Nazi Richard Spencer, and drags in Jihad Watch writer Christine Williams, who is also set to speak, making gratuitous claims about her writing that of course he doesn’t substantiate, because he cannot substantiate them.
Christine sent me her own comments on the piece:
My position on Jihad Watch is to highlight the danger of Islamofascism and it has always been. In one of my earliest articles for Jihad Watch, I explain my motivations: “Christine Williams: I Was Challenged: Why Write About Jihadists and Muslim Migrant Crimes?”
Every news story discussed on Jihad Watch proves how alarming the Islamofascist agenda is. Every single day, news across the globe, proving the size of the threat to Western freedoms, to democracy.
Islamic supremacists and jihadists have beaten the West into submission, into fear, into believing a lie; to the point that their absurd falsehoods are widely accepted as truth. The sloppiness of their approach is on full display in the Reykjavik Grapevine article: they repeat common accusations about Robert Spencer that are patently false, and now about me because I write for Jihad Watch.
A little about me, outside of my work with Jihad Watch: my work encompasses a broad spectrum of people from all faiths, including democracy-supporting Muslims. I am a six-time award-winning broadcast journalist who – among other shows – hosted and produced a daily, live call-in program that was balanced. A balanced program in Canada means that it must be CRTC- compliant (CRTC is the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission.) I am also a federal appointee, an advisor to the Council of Muslims Facing tomorrow, a former appointee to the Office of Religious Freedoms, the President of the Canadian Caribbean Multicultural Association, and have worked in many areas that promote the unity of a diverse, democratic society. Also, I have written a book that will be released in July by Encounter Books: The Challenge of Modernizing Islam; it includes warnings about the Islamic supremacist strategies that are being employed today, and about groups such as CAIR and their leftist water carriers.
None of my affiliations and work points to my being anti-Muslim, but in my work I tell the truth about the real Islamofascist threat to unity, democracy and freedom, which far too many Westerners have taken for granted. However, the slipshod article written by Paul Fontaine states: “Williams, who has written extensively for JihadWatch, carries much the same message as Spencer: that Islam is a dangerous religion which must be wiped out.”
He drags me in without doing his homework: this is a patently false claim, and Fontaine doesn’t provide any quotation from Jihad Watch to substantiate it. He can’t, because we have never said such things.
This article is an example of the Islamophobia ploy that has seized Canada. Six major cities have signed on to Islamophobia charters, there are Islamophobia hotlines, and an anti-Islamophobia motion M-103 that passed in parliament is duping Canadians into believing a big lie.
These anti-islamophobia drives are forced upon Canadians by groups linked to terrorism such as the NCCM (formerly CAIR-CAN). It is a global strategy pushed by the powerful OIC to demonize anyone who opposes the Sharia agenda, a clearly defined agenda to overtake the House of War that was revealed during the Holy Land Foundation Trial. Sadly, leftists have aided this agenda to destroy Western freedoms, and others have gone along to get along. The Reykjavik Grapevine is among these dupes.
As for me, I’ve answered these charges a thousand times. “Journalists” such as Paul Fontaine never see fit to include my rebuttals. Here goes yet again, briefly: the very concept of “Islamophobia” was invented in order to intimidate people into thinking it wrong to oppose jihad terror. The Southern Poverty Law Center is a far-Left group, not a neutral observer, and it uses its “hate group” list to demonize those whose political views it opposes, by lumping them in with the likes of the KKK and neo-Nazis. I am not a neo-Nazi myself, and note that Fontaine’s link below purportedly showing that I am goes to a story about Richard Spencer, not Robert Spencer. I am not now, and have never been, Richard Spencer. Breivik was a madman who quoted a great many people, including Barack Obama; he also did not hold to my views, but counseled collaboration with Hamas and al-Qaeda. Even if he did, if every point of view were discredited by violence done in its name, Islam and Marxism would be first in line. I was banned from Britain, according to the Home Office’s letter to me, for saying that Islam has doctrines of violence, which is like banning me for saying water is wet. Meanwhile, Britain has admitted many jihadis, illustrating that its banning policy is not based on sound principles.
Anyway, Ms. Williams and I will be heading to Iceland next week, unless the Left-fascists prevail and get us canceled. Either way, the jihad about which I intend to speak there will continue. After next week, people in Reykjavik will either be better informed about its nature and magnitude, or full of the Grapevine’s defamatory and incorrect jihad-enabling propaganda.
“Known Islamophobe To Hold Conference At Grand Hotel, Protest Likely,” by Paul Fontaine, Reykjavik Grapevine, May 2, 2017:
Vakur, a group claiming to be dedicated to “European culture” but seem to be more about Islamophobia and general hatred of foreigners, announced that they are hosting an event at Grand Hótel called “Everything you wanted to know about Islam but were afraid to ask” on May 11. The speakers at this event are scheduled to be Robert Spencer and Christine Williams.
For the unfamiliar, Spencer is the man behind the Islamophobic blog JihadWatch and the co-founder of Stop Islamization of America. The Southern Law Poverty Center has identified Spencer as a purveyor of hate speech and racism, and his sympathies for Neo-Nazism have been well documented. The writings of Spencer were also greatly admired by Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik.
In fact, Spencer was denied entry to the UK in 2013, on the grounds that his presence “is not conducive to the public good”, as the Home Office put it, adding “We condemn all those whose behaviours and views run counter to our shared values and will not stand for extremism in any form.” Williams, who has written extensively for JihadWatch, carries much the same message as Spencer: that Islam is a dangerous religion which must be wiped out.
We called Grand Hotel to ask if they were aware of who Spencer and Williams were and, if they were, how they justified allowing the conference; and if they weren’t, what they intend to do about it.
Salvör Lilja Brandsdóttir, the General Manager of Grand Hotel, told us, “We generally do not ask our guests who hire conference spaces what the conference will be about or who will be speaking. It is also not up to us to decide who speaks at a conference or to judge the subject matter,” adding, “Regarding this particular case, I need to familiarise myself with it better to comment on it.”
Óskar Steinn Ómarsson, the secretary of the Social Democrats who wrote about the matter on Medium, is concerned about the development, and believes the conference should be protested.
“It worries me that an organisation has flown in a man who is globally known for spreading hate speech against Muslims,” he told us. “I don’t agree that he should be banned from coming to Iceland, but I hope this conference will be met with a powerful protest outside of Grand Hotel.”