Lies Against Geller

Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book, Arab Winter Comes to America: The Truth About the War We're In, is now available.


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(Geller also believes Obama’s birth documents are forged. She regularly speculates that he is Muslim.)

Regarding the birth documents, this is a two-year-old controversy — Elliott would have you believe that Pamela Geller is regularly posting about this, when actually she hasn’t said a word about it in over a year. When she did, she offered detailed forensic analysis that was never answered except by a chorus of ridicule.

And as for whether or not Obama is a Muslim, her analysis proceeds from his actions, not from empty speculation about his inner dispositions. If you wonder how anyone could have gotten the crazy idea that Obama is a Muslim, which I am not sure Pamela believes or considers an important question in any case, consider this list of Obama’s actions, which she published last June:

March 2009, Obama declares the “war on terror” is over despite a dramatic increase in jihad war ops.

March 2009, he floats the idea that he will talk to violent, genocidal Hamas.

March 2009, he demands, recruits and insists that more Muslim Americans work in the Obama administration.

April 2009, Obama tells Europe to admit Islamic Turkey into EU, much to the consternation of the Europeans.

April 2009, Obama demands non-Muslims respect Islam (despite our differences) in a speech in Turkey.

April 2009, Obama in a speech from Turkey: “We are not a Christian nation.”

April 2009, Dalia Mogahed, the first hijab-clad senior adviser to Obama on Muslim affairs says in an interview with terrorist- and jihad-supporting Sheik Yusuf  Qaradawi’s website, “Many have claimed that terrorists have ‘hijacked Islam’. I disagree. I think Islam is safe and thriving in the lives of Muslims around the world. What the terrorists have been allowed to take over are Muslim grievances.”

In April 2009, Obama lays groundwork for a partnership with Hamas.

May 2009, Obama promises to offer his “personal commitment” to Muslims.

May 2009, Obama calls America “one of the largest Muslim countries on the planet.”

June  2009, Obama invites the Muslim Brotherhood, violent global jihadist group whose sole objective is a universal caliphate, to his speech to the ummah (Muslim community) in Cairo.

June 2009, Obama makes a stunning speech to the Muslim world from Al Azhar University in Cairo. It defies explanation.

July 2009, Obama reaches out to the violent jihadists of Hezb’allah.

July 2009, Obama creates a new office at the State department, Outreach to the Worldwide Muslim community, reporting directly to Hillary Clinton.

July 2009 State Department Welcomes Hamas Mouthpiece, Al-Quds TV, to DC to Film Propaganda.

Obama promises to close GITMO.

Obama is rebuked when plans are revealed for CIA prosecutions for 911 interrogations: Seven Ex-chiefs of CIA Oppose Case Review: ALL Sign letter to Stop CIA Persecutions.

In July, Obama sanctions the brutal crackdown of those marching for freedom in Iran and sides with the mullahcracy. He stands silent about the Iranian regime’s mass executions, mass rape and murder.

July 2009, Obama plans to slash US nuclear arsenal.

September 2009.  Bolton on Obama at the UN: “This is the most radical anti-Israel speech I can recall any president making” “I have to say I was very shaken by this speech.”

October 2009, Obama offers millions in Muslim technology fund.

November 2009, Fort Hood Jihad Cover up:  Obama Urges Congress To Put Off Fort Hood Probe, Warns Against Turning Tragedy Into “Political Theater.”

November 2009, Obama offers the Taliban control of the Kandahar, Helmand, Oruzgan, Kunar and Nuristan provinces, in return for a halt to the Taliban missile attacks on U.S. bases.

November 2009, Obama Reaches out to bloody Jihadis in the Philippines.

On Thanksgiving eve, Obama issues a special Hajj message to the world’s Muslims.

December 2009,  Obama’s “Non-Religious” White House Christmas and No Christmas Gifts for his Kids.

February 2010, Obama names a Hafiz to the Organization of the Islamic Conference. “And as a hafiz of the Koran, [Hussain] is a respected member of the American Muslim community,” Obama said in his message to the Doha meeting, using the term for someone who has mastered and memorized the Muslim holy book.

February 2010, Obama cuts US space program, orders NASA to work with Muslim countries.

February 2010, covering up for jihadists in the White House.

Obama’s counter terrorism adviser, John Brennan, Involved in Obama Passport Breach.

March 2010, Obama Obsession with Islam: Calls ‘entrepreneurship summit’ with Muslims.

April 2010, Libyan Pres Gaddafi Praises Obama: “Barakeh Obama is friend” “He is of Muslim descent, his policy should be supported….”

May 2010, Obama’s Counterterrorism Adviser Calls Jihad “Legitimate Tenet of Islam.”

May 2010,  White House Pro-Terrorism John Brennan Speechifies in Arabic, Equates Terrorists with Shoplifters, Lawmakers Call for his Firing.

June 2010,  Obama equivocates on the jihad warship convoy (affectionately named a “flotilla” by the media): Obama “Expressed a Deep Regret Over Loss of [Jihadist] Life.”

June 2010, Obama Administration to Support Anti-Israel Resolution at UN.

With a record like that, how could anyone get the idea that Barack Obama is warmly positive toward Islam, and may even continue to consider himself a Muslim, as he was registered in school as a child in Indonesia? Why, only a bigot, of course, in Justin Elliott’s fanatically ideological idea of “journalism”:

It’s obvious to anyone who reads Geller’s blog that she is, by the dictionary definition, a bigot. She has, for example, fantasized about Israel responding to Iranian attack by nuking the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia. She has bought bus ads in several cities encouraging people to leave Islam. She believes the Dome of the Rock, an important Islamic holy site, “has got to go.” She called for a boycott of Campbell’s over the company’s introduction of a Halal line of foods.

This paragraph contains a blizzard of distortions. But even Elliott notes that the imagined Israel strike should come after Iran has nuked Israel — so does Elliott think that Israel should just lie down and die and not respond to the Islamic jihad that is explicitly bent on destroying it utterly? Given the increasingly open antisemitism of the Left, he may indeed think this. And as for the bus ads, they did not encourage people to leave Islam. They offered aid to people who were threatened, under Islam’s death penalty for apostasy, for wanting to leave Islam. Do such people not have any rights? Regarding the Dome of the Rock, she was writing about how it is a triumphal mosque, meant to mark Islam’s victory over Judaism in its occupation of the site of the Jewish Temple. She has said that Muslims should, if they’re really interested in peace and reconciliation, voluntarily vacate the area. And she didn’t call for a boycott of Campbell’s because of its halal line in itself, but because its halal line is certified by a Hamas-linked Muslim Brotherhood front group.

Justin Elliott doesn’t tell you any of that, because it wouldn’t fit into his smear campaign.

He then concludes by quoting the Times’ irresponsible and inaccurate claim that Pamela accused Rauf without evidence of having terror ties. Elliott, of course, ignored her response: “The New York Times said: ‘And Ms. Geller said, without evidence, that the center’s financing might be tied to terrorists.’ We know that Rauf is a leading member of the Perdana Organization, the single largest financier of the Turkish terrorist group’s jihad flotilla against Israel. Rauf and Daisy Khan have received funding from the Xenel Corporation. The connection between Xenel and al Qaeda, according to the Orlando Sentinel, was persuasive enough that the city of Orlando decided to cancel the contract it had previously awarded to Xenel. The involvement Bin Laden-tied Xenel led to the cancellation of a different 100-million-dollar project in Florida. If such ties would cancel a convention center, why not a 100-million-dollar Islamic supremacist mega mosque at the site of largest attack on American soil by these same players? And yet the Times says I have no evidence.”

How contemptible are mainstream media reporters? I keep thinking they’ve hit bottom, but they keep surprising me.

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  • proxywar

    "which I am not sure Pamela believes or considers an important question in any case, consider this list of Obama’s actions, which she published last June".

    Obviously she does consider it a important question or she wouldn't of wasted her time documenting it. Whether or not she actually believes he is a muslim I can't say with certainty because I am not her. But all the evidence leads me to conclude it is a real possiblity. Which would be a narrow-minded hindsight bias fallacy (based solely off his childhood as a muslim) on her part. If anything Obama is a christian of the liberation theology persuasion (to what degree I can't say) who sympathizes with muslims.

    Another issue that really lowered my respect for Pamela Geller was when you admited she was a Birther. Her analysis is a sign of full blown obama derangement syndrome chuck full of paranoid delusion. If she wants to be taken seriously she better move away from that moonbat alex jones position and quickly.

    • highpressure

      Obama was never a Christian. His bigoted comments on Saint Paul tells me he would throw over half the New Testament. His rantings on other subjects would claim Yeshua (Jesus) was a liar and bigot. No Obama was never a Christian. Let us not even suggest otherwise. It would be a lie of the first magnitude.

      • highpressure

        Should be "throw out" half the New Testament – not "throw over". I apologize.

      • proxywar

        What did he say?

  • proxywar

    Lastly, refreash my memory… Why did she post up an article linking Obama to malcolm x?
    If the article was written beautifully but contained this misinfromation why would she trust the rest of what the article had to say? Alot of what she does just comes off as guilt by association. Seems to me she posted that article because she wanted readers to make a islamic connection with Obama that leads all the way to Malcolm x. I could be wrong about that but it is the impression i'm getting.

    • flamefront

      Forget your rash and inconsiderate 'impressions' — if you simply would hold down you biases and read the article you would know the answer to that question. But you would rather spout off that actually want an answer anyway. Go away.

  • proxywar

    I have no problem with you robert, because you don't make these sloppy novice claims.
    That being said in the future: You should let her defend herself.

  • Gamaliel Isaac

    The New York Jewish Week wrote a very nasty article about Geller and would not publish my letter refuting it.

  • http://apollospaeks.townhall.com ApolloSpeaks

    PAMELA THE HAMMER GELLER

    The October 10th publication of the NY Times hit piece on Pam Geller coincided with the 1278th anniversray of the Battle of Tours when Charles Martel defeated and stopped Abdul Rahman and his Muslim hordes from overrunning Europe. This is an unmistakable sign that patriotic, pro-Western Americans like Pam Geller and Robert Spencer are the Charles Martels of our time and that we will prevail in our war with Islamism and save Western civilization and freedom.

    Click my name and read my piece "Charles "The Hammer" Martel Should be the Patron Saint of Anti-Islamism."

  • Ret. Marine

    Many problems are attributed to too many false claims by the leftards and crazies and it should come as no surprise to any if they are paying attention to the issue(s). The thing that really gets at my crawl is it is never really defended in the court of public opinion to a satisfactory position (s). While it is true many try, such as this article implies, far too many on the side of the false witness's have been gaining results of a false hope in their minds. The truth will set you free but, you must have a critical thinking mind in the first place to discern what truth really is. The author of the false witnessing of Ms. Gellar is one with no sense of this truth or rather really is boils down to the he said vrs. she said ideals. It is one thing to be educated and understand the harm to others of their guilt, but yet another to continue to preach what you know to be false out of hatred and think you are getting away with it. I do pity those on the wrong side of the truth because of the great harm they are encouraging to others without the truth even being involved.

  • BS1977

    How can anyone read the NY Times anymore? It is run by leftist wack jobs and shills for everything that is BAD for the US….I think P Geller is HOT….she's right on the mark and is warning Americans to wake up to reality. The New York times is all about submission, appeasement, sanctuary cities, mega tolerance for EVIL and all the rest of the PC liberal drivel.

  • realhumanrights

    The truth is that there needs to be a serious debate as to the direction of the SIOA political group, its leaders, and its supporters. We don't see that in the MSM because they don't take the SIOA seriously. But the links to EDL, SIOE, and other groups linked to violence, extremism should be addressed. The SIOE is the founding organizers of the SIOA and they openly call for "Islamophobia" (their words), and the SIOE has been involved in repeated violent protests in UK and Europe. When the SIOA is promoting an EDL group, there should be discussion. Last weekend at the EDL protest, once again the press reported that EDL protesters threw BRICKS at police officers, with a police officer going to the hospital, in addition Sky News van was reportedly attacked by EDL protesters. Once again, it is reported that establishments were attacked by EDL protesters. The links to SIOA and such European groups should be seriously discussed. But the MSM won't do that, and they write "puff" pieces like the NYTs. It is a big mistake and a failure of the MSM (once again) to genuinely debate the issues as well as the European influence on such American political groups.

    To those who think this is exaggerated, I urge you to look at these two links for yourself, make up your own mind:

    October 9 – EDL Protesters Attack Restaurant http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRZqV3_ciOY&

    May 2010 – Video of EDL Protests http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sBS-gveJc0

    April 2010 – right-wing Daily Mail reports on EDL protesters attacking police http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1263276/E

    July 2010 – Press report of EDL protesters throwing bricks at police officers http://www.birminghammail.net/news/top-stories/20

    August 28, 2010 – Another violent EDL protest http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeq

    Video – EDL Openly Display Guns and Knives http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjFU47Ia7rs&

    Lets also be clear – the SIOA Executive Director continues to defend and promote the EDL – there is no "interpretation" needed for that – and it is done in her own words, not only is the EDL invited to SIOA protests in the United States, the SIOA Executive Director states "If I lived in England, I would surely be active in the EDL Jewish division." http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2

    Is this your idea of struggling against violent jihad? Attacking the police? Throwing bricks at police? Terrorizing innocent pedestrians? Foul, vulgar comments from the EDL leadership and protesters? Smashing the windows of restaurants and terrorizing women and children? Now that is a TRUTH you need to ask yourselves, as more Americans get linked up with the EDL.

    To those of you who support SIOA, is this what YOU want to be associated with? Because this is a group that is unequiviocally supported by the SIOA and their leaders.

    Now this is type of serious issue that thoughtful news media should be asking. They address the nonsense issues, but the serious issues they duck.

    Or will you be just like the MSM and ignore such issues that require serious debate?

    Which side are you on – the side promoting terrorism against others or the side against it?

    • Richard

      The seemingly endless drive of the left to destroy good people took another step. Sometimes it is enough to make me question freedom of speech. May Pamela arise from this slander stronger than ever.

    • RalphB

      Your pre-cooked video's etc. prove roughly zero. That some neo-Nazis try to attach themselves to the EDL proves as much and as little as the Communists and Black Panthers attaching themselves to the Obama campaign.

      • realhumanrights

        Nonsense.

        The reports from right-wing Sky News and the Daily Mail are not "pre-cooked videos."

        Sky News Report: http://bit.ly/bbCkhn
        Daily Mail Report: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1263276/E

        Nor is the report by the Leicester local news that confirms EDL protester attack on a restaurant. http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/news/Surge-

        Let me quote:
        "Before they were rounded up by police a group of EDL supporters attacked the Big John's fast food restaurant, in Humberstone Road. Usman Ali, area manager for the chain, said: 'They smashed four windows and came inside the shop and frightened our customers.' Witness Imtiaz Noor Mohammed, 21, of North Evington, said: 'I was with friends getting something to eat.' 'People saw them coming and someone locked the door. They smashed some windows and one of the EDL people kicked the door open and stood there threatening people.'"

        By the way, lets see that video once again – right? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxdTEVzzr_s

        I have been to UK and have seen "Big John's restaurant." They are like a British version of McDonalds and serve fast food, including fish and chips.

        There are not "some neo-Nazis" linked to the EDL, the EDL leader can't speak without the "F-word" every other sentence. The EDL protesters attacking news media, police, restaurants are hardly a few fringe, but have been part of nearly every EDL protest.

        Those are the inconvenient facts that the MSM won't report on the SIOA Leader Pamela Geller's promotion of them. http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2

        Those are also inconvenient facts that you won't address as well. But the news media, including the right-wing news media in the UK, will continue to address it over and over. Eventually someone in the U.S. news media will catch on.

    • Peter J

      I'm not sure you've figured out which side is which with any accuracy, realhumanrights. I await your response to the article linked by highpressure a short while ago in reply to some of your questions before commenting further.

      In the meantime, here is an interesting video that you may wish to comment on, of how some Muslims feel about freedom of information, etc. It shows a Muslim exhibition in Dearborn, Michigan being filmed — and the Muslims in charge of security having none of it: http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/2009/07/026856
      Yep, it's a Jihad Watch website. But I think the dissemination of such information is a valuable service, even if it is "divisive".

      • realhumanrights

        Actually it shows an Arab Festival. And yes of course, I object to what the people in Dearborn did. I understand that the Acts 17 group is viewed by them as "troublemakers." Anyone who does public events knows that to be effective you need to coordinate with security, police, etc. at public events where they have to manage crowd control.

        Just like when I dealt with the DC police when challenging Hamas in a counterprotest to a group against Israel at the Israeli embassy. I let them know in advance, had my assembly permit, and followed the rules. But that said, I also support freedom of speech for all individuals and it was clear that the Dearborn security overreacted to the Acts 17 speakers, and also did so again this year.

        I have figured out which side is which. I am on the side of human rights for all people, consistently and without question. I am on the side of rejecting violence and hate. It doesn't matter if it comes from left or right, Muslim or non-Muslim, or any other identity group.

        That is what it means to be an American. That is really standing up for the truths that we find self-evident.

        Which side are you on?

        I know that I am NOT on ***THIS*** side (see video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxdTEVzzr_s

  • realhumanrights

    So Richard, I notice just like the MSM you reply by ignoring the issues with the SIOA's links and support for European groups linked to violence such as the SIOE and EDL?

    Do you think the Daily Mail is "left wing" now in their reports of EDL attacking the police?

    Is being against those EDL protesters who throw bricks and smoke bombs at police officers a "left wing" concern?

    Is being disgusted by those EDL protesters who smash the windows of restaurants terrorizing innocent people eating their meals inside a "left wing" view?

    Is it "left wing" to be disturbed when EDL thugs try to attack and smash out the windows of a news media van with reporters inside?

    Please explain how that is a "left wing" view.

    • http://apollospaeks.townhall.com ApolloSpeaks

      Geller, Spencer, EDL and SIOE are driven by the same rational Islamophobia that inspired Charles Martel to confront and stop the Moors from conquering Europe. If Martel were alive today he would be a leader in the Western anti-Islamization Movement.

      Click my name and read my piece on Charles Martel at my Number One townhall.com blog

      • realhumanrights

        ApolloSpeaks – is it a "rational Islamophobia" that has the EDL protesters throwing bricks and smoke bombs at the police? Is it a "rational Islamophobia" that has the EDL protesters smashing restaurant windows, terrorizing women and children? is it a "rational Islamophobia" that has the EDL protesters smashing the windows of news media vans like the right-wing Sky News? Is it a "rational Islamophobia" that has the EDL leader and protesters that can only speak using the "F" word every other sentence?

  • highpressure

    They are bloody NAZIs. We have them here too. They are fringe. They aren't mainsteam. Just like Democrat Organizations such as the KKK, NOW, Planned Parenthood and the New Black Panthers. Except here the people in power want them to be mainstream.

    • realhumanrights

      If "they are **** Nazis," as you say – what is the SIOA doing inviting them to their protests and promoting them as an organization? I think that is an important part of the news story NOT addressed by either the MSM or the SIOA.

      EDL protesters break police officers legs, throw bricks and smoke bombs at police, terrorize elderly, and smash windows at restaurants – and not even a pause in support of the EDL by the SIOA, let alone a condemnation.

      • Dragomir

        Well then; when in Jerusalem young arabic kids throw "bricks" at Israelis, this is OK with you? I have not seen any on the left who condemn these actions. Will you be the first? One of the biggest News-Paper here had a picture how the kid was run over head over heels" as he was hit by the car. No mentioning that the kid RUN toward the car IN the street. Instead it was claimed the driver suddenly stepped on the gas. Now honestly if I'm met in the street with people covering their faces with rags, then I'm sure they are not up to anything good.
        Personally I am against any violence during protests, No matter what reason.
        So are you against arabic people in Israel throwing stones (and of course use other more lethal weapons) or will you claim theirs is a legit form of protest against an occupation of arabic land.
        If you oppose the behavior of the EDL, then just for fairness sake you must do it on all sides, otherwise there is a word for people like yourself…… And I'm sure you know which one could be applied. :-)

        • realhumanrights

          First of all, why do you think I am "left-wing"? Because I oppose hate and violence? Is that somehow the purvey of the left, now, you think?

          Of course, I oppose those throwing stones and worse against Israelis and violence elsewhere. Moreover, I have publicly protested against Hamas and other groups promoting violence.

          Why is it "hard" to oppose the behavior of the EDL?
          I suggest you look at this video once again – is this the side you are supporting? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxdTEVzzr_s

          The real question is HOW can the SIOA and Ms. Geller stay silent on this? How can they continue to support the EDL?

          • Dragomir

            I already wrote I oppose violence. No matter who uses it. But I will not let your insistence on the EDL let me loose focus on the more important point: Islamic violence and the spread of Sharia Law. And the problem there is, that Islamic fight against us Dhimmis is laid down as guideline until Judgment Day. Who knows in the not so distant future the EDL and other groups will be gone, while our children might have to choose between death or Islam.
            So while a fringe group like EDL may have no impact here in Austria not ONLY radical Islam may. And I don't want that I or my offspring have to live in a society ruled by barbaric laws which were put down in writing long after MO was gone. That is the issue for me, EDL thugs might be prosecuted by the law if found out, a Islamic Terrorist could be celebrated as Hero by others, do you see the difference? Did I make myself clear.? Thats all I have to say.

          • realhumanrights

            On this very web site in the comments here, you can see EDL terrorists who are celebrated – just like violent jihadists are celebrated elsewhere. What does that tell you?

            The anti-jihad movement has been perverted into a full-fledged anti-Islam movement that seeks to undermine the very human rights that we sought to defend. We can't even get people to condemn anti-Islam terrorism now by the EDL thugs – that shows how the anti-Islam extremists are quickly becoming the mirror image of the Islamic extremists they claim to fight.

      • highpressure

        I think she answers your question on her web site:
        http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2

  • hijinx60

    "This tactic manifests their arrogance and disdain for the Americanpeople, 70% of whom oppose the mosque."
    It is not unreasonable to believe that 30% of Americans have heard and read so much slanderous material about conservatives, that they are scared of the label "right-wing conservative" and anything with this label, they will robotically turn from.

  • realhumanrights

    ApolloSpeaks writes: "getting out of hand now and then with brick throwing and foul words is understandable"

    So you support violent, criminal attacks on the police and on innocent civilians?

    Then you have clarified your position, in effect, you support terrorism – just when it suits your political views.

  • http://apollospaeks.townhall.com ApolloSpeaks

    If EDL were a terrorist organization it would be banned in Britain. It's good to know there are still Brits around with backbone and won't tolerate the Islamization of their country. .As the Moslem savages grow more bold and meancing EDL will swell its numbers-as will the Tea Party here in the States which is an American Identity Movement in embryo..