#JeSuisCharlie? Really? Here is a glaring example of how divorced from reality and aligned with the foes of free speech the mainstream media is today: in a story about the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest that my organization, the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), is hosting in May in Garland, Texas, the Houston Chronicle’s Dylan Baddour takes a firm stand in support of the slaughter in the cause of Sharia restrictions on free speech.
From the very first paragraph, this useful idiot smears, defames, and libels the few brave defenders of freedom left in our contemporary cultural cesspool.
#JeSuisCharlie is not merely a hashtag, it is a battle-cry in defense of freedom. Something young Americans know little of and understand even less.
“A New York-based anti-Islam activist,” Baddour writes, “is stirring up trouble in Texas. Weeks after French gunmen killed 12 people at a newspaper office in retaliation for cartoon illustrations of Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, blogger Pamela Geller is offering a $10,000 prize for artists to submit their own drawings of the prophet.”
Did Baddour call the Muslims troublemakers who, in the wake of that massacre of cartoonists meant to avenge Muhammad, held a conference called Stand With the Prophet in Texas? Did he denounce them for validating the line of thinking that led to the murder of those Muhammad cartoonists? If Baddour had been James Foley, he would have asked them if he could sharpen their knives for them.
“Gellar,” Baddour writes, misspelling my name, “is a vocal leader of a sect of Americans who believe Muslims are trying to take over the United States.” Got that? Americans who believe in freedom are now a sect. In what larger context this could be true, I shudder to think. And never mind the captured internal Muslim Brotherhood document that said that their goal in the United States was “eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within and sabotaging its miserable house.”
Baddour piles lie upon lie and distortion upon distortion. He says that I “said Muslims want to repeal the U.S. Constitution and is banned from the United Kingdom for her affiliation with alleged hate groups.” That is patently false. I never said that Muslims want to repeal the U.S. Constitution. Then he says that the United Kingdom banned me for my “affiliation with alleged hate groups.” That’s not why they banned me. There was no mention of such a thing in the letter the U.K. Home Office sent me. I was banned because the British authorities were afraid Muslims would riot if I entered the country. They were giving in to the heckler’s veto.
“Newsweek,” says Baddour, “has dubbed her crowd the ‘Islamophobia network’ for their generally profound-yet-unfounded fear of Muslim people.”
Baddour calls the burning of churches, the slaughter of journalists and cartoonists and firing on free speech debates at a cafe in Copenhagen, the kidnapping of non-Muslim girls and their being forced into sex slavery, the ongoing jihad attacks and threats, and all the rest of it a “profound-yet-unfounded fear of Muslim people.”
Baddour props up the Stand with the Prophet and even amends its name to a later version of it, “Stand With the Prophet Against Terror and Hate,” when their objective of that conference, the silencing of criticism of Islam, became national news.
Another falsehood in Baddour’s piece: “Geller said her May 3 event, and the $10,000 prize, will be funded through private donations, and that she has not signed on any artists yet.” It’s not true that I have not signed any artists yet — we have over 60 submissions from artists. So what is he talking about?
Baddour quotes a CAIR rep (shocka!), Ruth Nasrullah who says I’m generalizing about 1.6 billion Muslims based on what just a few of them do. No: Baddour and Nasrullah are doing that. I’m talking about the jihad threat. Also, millions of dead, countries conquered, slave markets, and more are not just a few examples.
“Last week,” Baddour adds, “the Washington Post reported ‘anti-Muslim hate crimes are still five times more common today than before 9/11.’ This is yet another false claim. void of facts. FBI statistics say just the opposite: that hate crimes against other groups, particularly Jews, are far more common than those against Muslims.
The lies just keep coming: “Geller also said the Islamic State group was evidence of the repressive nature of Islam.” I didn’t say that.
When I went looking for a picture of this clown Dylan Baddour, I knew that he’d be young and stupid. The product of an educational system so compromised that it passes off Leftist and Muslim propaganda as fact. One has to question what is being taught in journalism schools when reporters produce articles that are so completely devoid of fact and full of lies.
Why would a journalist carry water for the most radical and extreme ideology on the face of the earth — one that threatens his very life and livelihood? It’s the cultural sewer he was raised in. But when mainstream media outlets like the Houston Chronicle print this nonsense, they spread Dylan Baddour’s ignorance and sympathy for the enemies of freedom far and wide.
Pamela Geller is the President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), publisher of PamelaGeller.com and author of The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America and Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance. Follow her on Twitter here. Like her on Facebook here.