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Well, it looks like Islamophobic hatemonger Pamela Geller is doing her usual “free speech for me, but not for thee” routine again. It always seems that no matter how much she tries to lecture everyone else on how we should respect her freedom of speech, to hell with those that she doesn’t like when they use it. Her target du jour on this day will be Palestinian American activist and Women’s March Co-Chair Linda Sarsour, who takes regular shots at hatemongers like Geller and Ayaan Hirsi Ali who for years has been calling for a physical war with Muslims (the distinction between physical and idelogical is made here on purpose). Needless to say, they hate that and have been going after her with everything they got. Well, Sarsour will be the commencement speaker at City College in New York on June 1, and Geller is trying to prevent that from happening. So she’s holding this rally to cry about it and pressure CUNY to not only cancel Sarsour, but to also move their graduation because June 1 is the last day of the Jewish holiday of Shavuot. The funny thing is Geller says she had to reschedule her rally from June 1 to May 25 when she realized the significance of the day – which if she actually gave a damn about it, she would have known and would have never scheduled it for that day in the first place!
But wait. It gets better.
Because we are dealing with Geller and she doesn’t care how reprehensible the people she associates with are, she is bringing former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos back to the surface to speak, which means any talk of the prophet Mohammad being a pedophile has just become hypocritical should it come up. But hypocrisy is basically the order of the day when this goes down. In her press release, Geller states:
“Universities have disinvited Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Nonie Darwish, Ann Coulter, Milo, and legions of conservative thinkers and voices in defense of freedom, but a pro-Sharia and anti-Israel activist they will defend to the death.”
So does this mean that should they be successful and Linda Sarsour is prevented from speaking schools are free to keep hatemongers such as the ones mentioned above from appearing at universities and Geller will be okay with it? And let’s be real about something else. It has often been the students – not some outside hate group – that has demanded those supposed “legions” from darkening their campus doors. And they don’t always get their way, as evidenced by Geller’s partner in hate Robert Spencer being allowed to speak at Gettysburg College a few days ago despite protest. But since we are on the subject of rights, let’s look at the other speakers that are listed as coming to this rally:
- Assemblyman Dov Hikind, 48th Assembly District. This guy once called for racial profilng in subway bag searches for any individual that appeared to be Muslim. He once held up photos of Muslim men at a news conference and said: “The individuals involved [in terrorism] basically look like this. Why must police think twice before examining people of a particular group?” The NYPD told Dov to go to hell, reminding him that racial profiling is illegal. There’s also the whole dressing up in blackface at a Purim party that happened too.
- John Guandolo, Counter-Terror Expert, Founder of UnderstandingTheThreat.com. Fired from the FBI for a number of ethical breaches, all you need to know about this guy is that he believes Muslims “do not have a First Amendment right to do anything.”
- Lauri B. Regan, Endowment for Middle East Truth and National Women’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Like all the other speakers she definitely has her anti-Muslim cred, attacking people for antisemitism, while at the same time penning articles titled “Islamophobia? Hell, yeah!” But she has some of that vitrol left for such things as what she called in 2012 the “Obama administration’s empowerment of black rebellion” and how the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) adopting a resolution supporting transgender rights as “one more nail in the next coffin the Jewish people are destined to face.” In a nutshell, she is as much of a right-wing fundamentalist for Jewish people as any right wing Christian or Muslim – which is only not acceptable to her if you are Muslim interestingly enough.
- David Wood, Acts 17 Apologetics. A former atheist and diagnosed sociopath, after he got of prison for attempting to kill his father, he has dedicated his life to hating Muslims while advancing his version of Christianity. He had even pulled an incredible spin once, trying to suggest that Muslims were responsible for Anders Brevik, the mass shooter in Oslo, Norway that killed 77 people in 2011, many of them children, and is believed to have been inspired by Geller.
Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik admits that his attacks were inspired by Islam. pic.twitter.com/3LZtwsg7pX
— David Wood (@Acts17) February 28, 2015
Now don’t think that this hypocrisy has gone unnoticed – nor has the inattention to it. Writer Sejal Singh has written an article noting that Sarsour is indeed being attacked by the same people who’s freedom of speech has been defended even by folks on the left who pretty much tripped over themselves to do so. “Somehow lefty college students who protest conservative speakers are a threat to democracy itself — but when right-wing politicians (who wield actual state power!) seek to suppress the voices of left-wing activists, it barely merits a tweet,” she correctly wrote. Well, that needs to change. Dramatically. Luckilly CUNY isn’t backing down. Linda Sarsour will still speak.