Pamela Geller to Speak at Synagogues Following Cancellation

ZOA official describes Geller as “an American and Jewish treasure”

As has been very widely reported, a planned talk by anti-Islam demagogue and Birther conspiracy-monger Pamela Geller at the Men’s Club of the Great Neck Synagogue in New York State has been cancelled; this is not because the synagogue has had a moment of moral clarity, but rather due to “security concerns“:

As the notoriety and media exposure of the planned program this Sunday have increased, so has the legal liability and potential security exposure of our institution and its member families. In an era of heightened security concerns it is irresponsible to jeopardize the safety of those who call Great  Neck Synagogue home, especially our children, even at the risk of diverting attention from a potentially important voice in the ongoing debate. Accordingly,  the Great Neck Synagogue Men’s Club will no longer be sponsoring the appearance of Pamela Geller this coming Sunday, and no event will be taking place in our facility.

Details of any actual threats are hard to come by – a puff-piece for Geller by Caroline Glick mentions only “a media campaign attacking her as a bigot” (a reference to a critical article by Rabbis Michael White and Jerome Davidson), while Geller writes that “Habeeb [Ahmed, Nassau County Commissioner on Human Rights] and his accomplices ordered their minions to strongarm the shul, make calls, and get the synagogue leaders to cancel a proud Jew scheduled to speak at their synagogue.”

But an association with Geller was always going to be toxic for any organisation that seeks to maintain a serious reputation: Geller supports the English Defence League, and she claims that Obama is a secret Muslim who has forged his birth certificate (she also famously promoted the claim that Obama’s father was Malcolm X, although she denies, with some irritation, the suggestion that she actually believes such a thing herself). Geller also trivalises the Holocaust, for example by throwing a “Nazi” accusation at Elena Kagan. Etc. etc. – the suggestion that she’s “a potentially important voice”  in any serious discussion is laughable.

Naturally, Geller seeks to portray the venue’s decision to cancel as an attack on her free speech, even though the synagogue does not cite any evidence of threats – and Geller is hardly in a position to complain about “minions”, given her own history of rabble-rousing protests.

Statements of support for Geller have come in from Helen Freedman, Executive Director of Americans for a Safe Israel (“Those of us who understand the dangers inherent in this cowardice will work even harder with Pamela Geller and the others sounding the alarm”); Steve Goldberg, National Vice-Chair of the Zionist Organization of America (“Pamela can wear the fear and hatred of the Islamic fascists as a badge of honor. Her courage makes her an American and Jewish treasure”); and Orit Arfa, Executive Director of the Creative Zionist Coalition (“Why don’t the good imams and rabbis protest the very real and frightening civil rights abuses committed in the name of Islam and which Geller exposes so courageously?”).

Meanwhile, Geller has found alternative venues:

Two courageous and magnificent Rabbis have asked me to speak on Sunday. Rabbi Yoseph Geisinsky of the Chabad, Great Neck and Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg of Congregation Beth-El in Edison, New Jersey have both invited me to speak at their synagogues on Sunday.

As Charles Johnson notes, Rosenberg previously came to wider attention as the head of “Rabbis for Romney”. Geller previously cooperated with a Chabad Rabbi at a protest in Yorba Linda, California.

Geller’s talks are to be followed by a protest outside the Human Rights Commission office (which presumably will be closed for the weekend) to demand the dismissal of Habeeb Ahmed from his Commissioner post. Geller will be joined by Robert Spencer and Andrew Bostom; one wonders whether the two men have patched things up since Bostom accused Spencer of plagiarism.

13 Responses

  1. The world realized the Political ideology of Fascist Islam is similar to Nazi ideology.’

    Pamela and Pope Ratzinger should be proud of for being called as “Anti Islam” to fight for “EVIL” as he quoted Emperor Byzantine about the founder of Islam, Muhammad:

    “Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.”

    • “Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.”

      I guess he never read the Old Testament.

      P.S. Is that a Muslim under your bed, Arnie?

      • I strongly believe that the Pope and the Emperor Byzantine have read and studied the Old Testament plus the political ideology of Islam. Have you?

        PS: Yes indeed it was Osama bin Laden, like a crying baby, hiding from the SEALS :-)

      • Who is the Emperor Byzantine? I’ve never heard of him.

  2. “the suggestion that she’s “a potentially important voice” in any serious discussion is laughable.”

    Exactly.

  3. “…such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.

    “I have come not to bring peace, but to bring the sword” (Jesus Christ, the Gospel of Matthew, 10:34).

    • “I have come not to bring peace, but to bring the sword” (Jesus Christ, the Gospel of Matthew, 10:34).

      I agree the verse was 100% true, the facts are for the Coptic Christians life’s in the middle east, their existences are threaten by “such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.”

      • Yes, just as I’m sure the lives of some non-Christians have been/are threatened by some Christians’ literalist reading of Matthew 10:34.

      • Oh you’re so very funny hahahahaha and I strongly agree that after 9/11 there are “”20707 Deadly Islamic Terrorist Attacks”” and counting every minutes, just like as you wrote “Yes, just as I’m sure the lives of some non-Christians have been/are threatened by some Christians’ literalist reading of Matthew 10:34.

        @Daniel in your opinion the “20707 Islamic terrorist attacks were done because of Matthew 10:34 or Islamic teaching? Maybe you could clarify it?

  4. “…the political ideology of Islam.”

    “I’m not a liberal. I’m not a conservative. I’m not a libertarian.” I’m a Muslim!” (*rolls eyes*).

  5. In her latest post Geller complains about a supposed smear, quoting this from the Daily Forward

    “Her April 14 appearance at Great Neck Synagogue was canceled amid liberal protests, but anti-Islam blogger Pamela Geller got the last laugh: The next morning, two other area synagogues invited her to speak the same day as the canceled speech.” — Shul Axes Pamela Geller, and 2 Others Invite Her, Jewish Daily Forward

    and then grumbling

    “Note the “anti-Islam” smear. They always have to get that in, even when admitting defeat.”

    http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2013/04/overwhelming-what-a-day-it-was-one-for-the-ages-i-must-dash-to-new-jersey-to-speak-at-temple-beth-el-in-edison-but-i-had-t.html

    Yet just one day earlier she picks up on a quite different kind of error in this headline from Algemeiner: ALGEMEINER: “RADICAL ISLAM WATCHDOG GELLER GETS TWO SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS AFTER NY SYNAGOGUE CANCELS”

    She says

    “And while I would tweak the “radical” (it’s not radical, it is authentic Islam or pure Islam) — here’s a media report that is approaching the truth”

    So – she *is* anti-Islam, surely – why make the fuss about being described in this way?

    http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2013/04/algemeiner-radical-islam-watchdog-geller-gets-two-speaking-engagements-after-ny-synagogue-cancels.html

  6. […] so “mystifying” about that. A Chabad rabbi also hosted Geller last month, following the cancellation of a planned talk at the Great Neck Synagogue, and the Toronto appearance will also now take place […]

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