The well-heeled defamation machine known as the Southern Poverty Law Center has taken aim at our documentary film on the jihad against the freedom of speech, Can’t We Talk About This?. Watch this groundbreaking film on Vimeo here. And please help us meet the massive expenses of our truth campaigns: contribute here.
Comments on this latest SPLC hit piece interspersed below.
“Can’t We Talk About This?: More anti-Muslim propaganda from Pamela Geller,” Southern Poverty Law Center, October 2, 2017:
Pamela Geller’s 90-minute film, Can’t We Talk About This, written by Jihad Watch’s Robert Spencer, enlists an all-star lineup of Islamophobes to hype the alarm over the threat of Islam to the West.
Yes, of course, because there is no threat. Just ask Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, or Hamza bin Laden, or Nidal Malik Hasan, or Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, or Syed Rizwan Farook, or Tashfeen Malik, or a host of others. Ask the victims of Muslim rape gangs in the UK, or the victims of Muslim migrant rapists in Germany and Sweden. They will all tell you that the West has absolutely nothing to be concerned about, and only racist, bigoted “Islamophobes” think otherwise.
Interviews in front of green screens are spliced and often overlaid with images of Muslims, terrorists, and anti-Muslim newspaper headlines to create the storyline. Despite having to crowd fund the production and advertisements for the film, the movie has a high production value.
“High production value” indeed. Thanks, SPLC.
In the documentary, notorious Islam bashers including Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Douglas Murray, Geert Wilders, Lars Vilks, Bosch Fawstin, Milo Yiannopolous, Spencer and Geller come together to attack Islam and the so-called compliance of Western politicians and law enforcement, claiming both that Islam both threatens free speech and that Muslims are the victims of liberals who are trying to protect them.
Who could possibly get the crazy idea that Islam is any threat to the freedom of speech? It isn’t as if there is a global Islamic effort to compel non-Muslim countries to adopt Sharia blasphemy laws (details here).
Spencer, a prolific anti-Muslim propagandist, director of Jihad Watch, and co-founder of Stop Islamization of America, says at the beginning of the film “stay quiet and you’ll be okay is what the Islamic world is saying to the US … if we stay quiet they will think it’s okay until we are completely subjugated under Islamic law.”
Abdoulaye Wade, president of Senegal and former chairman of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the international body driving the jihad against the freedom of speech, once said: “I don’t think freedom of expression should mean freedom from blasphemy. There can be no freedom without limits.”
The film moves country-to-country, examining incidents involving Muslims around the world. While discussing the Netherlands, Bat Ye’Or — whose real name is Gisele Littman, a violently anti-Muslim person
“Violently” Really? Which Muslim did the diminutive Bat Ye’or violently attack?
who has written several books about the harsh oppression of non-Muslims by Muslims — raises the issue of immigration, explaining “this is why they immigrate, because immigration is extremely important for conversion. It is written in the Quran that Islamic Law must dominate the whole world.” This argument is regularly exploited by members of the anti-Muslim movement to advocate for immigration restriction but is completely unfounded.
“Completely unfounded”? Really? Yet the Qur’an says: “And whoever desires other than Islam as religion – never will it be accepted from him, and he, in the Hereafter, will be among the losers” (3:85). And regarding immigration: “And whoever emigrates for the cause of Allah will find on the earth many locations and abundance. And whoever leaves his home as an emigrant to Allah and His Messenger and then death overtakes him – his reward has already become incumbent upon Allah” (4:100).
Geert Wilders, another infamous leader in the anti-Muslim movement who has repeatedly compared the Quran to Hitler’s Mein Kampf adds, “the common denominator of violence is Islam.” Wilders was previously banned from Britain out of concern his anti-Islamic views would trigger violence.
The SPLC doesn’t mention that the ban was lifted, or that the violence that might have been “triggered” if he was there would have come from Muslims.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, an anti-Muslim extremist who has said Islam is at war with America, tells the camera that Muslims are actually being disrespected by liberals. “When people say drawing cartoons of Mohammed is disrespectful to Mohammed I say no you are being disrespectful to Muslims because if you agree that drawing cartoons of Jesus or Moses is sacred to other people, those non-Muslims have the maturity and the sanity not to respond with violence.” Ali explains. It is, in fact, considered blasphemous in Islam to have images of God.
This is just stupid on the SPLC’s part. Ayaan Hirsi Ali was referring to “drawing cartoons of Mohammed.” In response, the SPLC says: “It is, in fact, considered blasphemous in Islam to have images of God.” But Muslims don’t believe that Muhammad is God.
Raheem Kassam, editor-in chief of Breitbart London adds, “what is this actual racism or actual bigotry that the left hurls at Muslims to say you can’t handle criticism so we’re going to wrap you up in bubble wrap and defend you for you.”…
And this SPLC piece is a quintessential example of that phenomenon.
The film then shifts to Texas. Following the Charlie Hebdo cartoons, American Muslim leaders held a conference in Garland, Texas, “Stand With the Prophet Against Terror and Hate” in January 2015. Geller, outraged, planned her event in response, the “First Annual Mohammed Art Exhibit and Contest,” aimed at antagonizing the Muslim community. After two men attacked officers at the entrance of the event, the incident came to be known as the Curtin [sic] Culwell Center attack. This resulted in Donald Trump, Bill O’Reilly, Laura Ingraham and other conservatives to denounce Pamela Geller’s attempt to incite the Muslim community.
In the twisted mind of the SPLC, reflected in the twisted language of that last sentence, if Muslims mount a jihad attack, it is the victim’s fault, for “inciting” the poor dears. The SPLC wants a world in which non-Muslims change their behavior to suit Muslim sensibilities and bow to death threats. This will only encourage more Muslim bullying and bring more demands for more accommodation. The SPLC, in short, wants us to stay quiet so that we’ll be okay.
As the film continues, Geller says law enforcement and politicians are afraid to act out of fear of being called islamophobic. She claims that “the people in San Bernardino saw all kinds of strange activity in the middle of the night, all this contraband to make bombs but didn’t want to say anything because they didn’t want to sound islamophobic.” Adding, “even if they said something I don’t think anything would’ve been done, law enforcement would have said oh that’s islamophobic.”…
A manifestly true statement, presented by the SPLC in true Leftist fashion as if it were self-evidently false, without any refutation provided.
“Your freedom is under siege, it’s under war and part of the war is keeping you disarmed,” Pamela Geller warns viewers. Yet, her own film highlights the ways in which American Freedom Defense Initiative has antagonized Muslims and attacked Islam in the name of free speech.
So you see: we must give up the freedom of speech so as to avoid antagonizing Muslims. The SPLC is working hard in this war, to keep you disarmed.