Islamist Vandals Wage War on Free Speech

David J. Rusin is a research fellow at Islamist Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum.


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When Cyrus McGoldrick, advocacy director for the New York office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), logged into Facebook on August 12 to hint at his desire to vandalize anti-jihad ads that may soon run on city buses, he did not simply underline CAIR’s troubling attitude toward free expression. McGoldrick’s words — and the subsequent actions of others — have illuminated an overlooked aspect of the Islamist assault on Western speech: the defacement, if not obliteration, of political and commercial messages.

“In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat jihad,” states the advertisement that infuriated McGoldrick. The American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) had to win a court battle to reverse the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s previous decision to reject it, but reluctant bureaucrats, who continue to delay, are not the only obstacle to disseminating these and similar views. After claiming that “the ads are great” because they expose their allegedly “racist, supremacist, hateful” backers, McGoldrick’s post ends with this provocative thought: “I almost DON’T want to protest/vandalize them. But then again …” — remarks followed by a mischievous emoticon. Coincidence or not, multiple copies of a separate AFDI “Islamorealism” ad — citing more than 19,000 Islamic terrorist attacks worldwide since 9/11 — were later destroyed at commuter rail stations in New York and Connecticut.

Up to now, such acts of vigilante censorship on behalf of Islam have been relatively rare in the U.S., whose First Amendment traditionally has fostered a society in which controversial speech is opposed with more speech, not crudely silenced. However, America may be inching closer to other Western nations where Islamists and their fellow travelers have long made a habit of countering “offensive” words and images with vandalism — an important symptom of creeping Shari‘a that is worth examining in detail.

Assuming that they make it past the government censors, visual critiques of Islamic practices are perpetual targets, as Sergio Redegalli can attest. In September 2010, the Australian glass sculptor decorated the exterior wall of his Newtown studio with a “Say No to Burqas” mural depicting a veiled woman inside a red circle with a line through it. News stories and blog posts chronicle the waves of abuse inflicted on the artwork — two defacements by September 23, 2010, at least 20 by November 26, 2010, roughly 40 by January 19, 2011, and a total of 63 by February 13 of this year — prompting Redegalli to recreate it over and over again. Though he primarily blames leftists instead of Muslims, fresh damage to the mural’s driving-while-veiled version in August 2012 bears Islamist fingerprints. “Think twice before mocking Islam!!!” cautions a note placed at the scene. “We will have our rights one way or the other” — a pledge that typically results in denying rights to everybody else, starting with the right to free speech.

Belgium provides another recent example of Islam-critical graphics being disfigured. Early this year, An-Sofie Dewinter, the daughter of anti-Islam politician Filip Dewinter, appeared in an ad campaign sporting a face veil and bikini, with “Freedom or Islam?” stamped across her chest and “You choose!” over her crotch. Radical Fouad Belkacem, a.k.a. Abu Imran, replied with a video documenting how one of the posters had been vandalized by painting a cloak-like garment atop her bare skin and writing “Welcome 2 Belgistan.” The burqa debate always brings out the worst in Belkacem; he was arrested in June for urging Muslims to attack non-Muslims after the detention of a woman in face-concealing attire, which was restricted in 2011.

Efforts to cover females go beyond ads focusing on Islam. Disturbingly, commercial advertisements are in the crosshairs of Europe’s Islamist morality police, for whom seeing too much of a woman’s body pictured on a sheet of paper cannot be tolerated.

This phenomenon has been especially prevalent in the UK. A Times of London article revealed in 2005 that Muslims Against Advertising (MAAD) had launched a website with instructions on how to vandalize ads and which ones to select. “There is no longer any need to cringe as you walk past a sleazy poster,” the group declared. “We’ll improve it.” Many answered the call, as ads pitching bras, beauty products, and even television programs were trashed. “Photographs of semi-dressed women are the most frequently targeted, with the offending body parts painted over or ripped off,” the Times observed. In a telling example, thugs destroyed images of scantily clad women on an East London billboard promoting the series Desperate Housewives, but fully clothed characters were untouched. Responding to the controversy, leading British Islamist Ahmed Sheikh argued that “freedom of speech should end when you offend others.”

The UK’s Islamist vandals continue to act on this logic. “Street adverts featuring women in bikinis have been defaced in apparently targeted attacks,” the Evening Standard noted in June 2010. “Police said 14 bus shelters around Tower Hamlets” — a borough of London known for its heavy Islamist presence — “including many in Limehouse, were hit last month.” A Bollywood movie poster with a kissing couple fared no better. In May 2011, a painted-over bikini advertisement in Birmingham was “blamed on militant Muslims who were offended by her flesh,” according to the Daily Mail. “I don’t think it’s just kids messing around,” a local man asserted, because “they’ve spray-painted specific areas and covered up anything that might be offensive to very religious people.” Later in 2011, two young Muslims admitted to multiple counts of criminal damage after they “used black paint to draw the traditional headdress over a model in a poster for Lynx deodorant.” Perpetrator Mohammed Hasnath explained that “if someone was to look at our wife or mother or daughter with a bad intention we would not like it, so we were just trying to do good.” The pious Hasnath’s other attempts to “do good” have involved plastering London’s East End with anti-gay stickers, for which he was fined, and possessing al-Qaeda magazines, which led to a 14-month sentence.

The pattern is not limited to Britain. Radio Netherlands Worldwide reported this past April: “In Kanaleneiland, a predominantly Muslim area of Utrecht, a poster advertising the open museum weekend has been covered by a black bag. The poster shows a woman in a short pink strapless dress.” The bag carried an appeal invoking Allah and lamenting “sexually tinted advertising.” Also shrouded was “another poster showing a woman in a bikini in the distance walking on a beach.”

In Denmark, people depicted on ads need not be skimpily attired to enrage Islamists; they merely have to be participating in democracy. “The election posters of several Muslim MP candidates were painted over with Islamist slogans in various districts and suburbs of Copenhagen,” according to a news item from 2011. The not-so-subtle warnings: “Legislation belongs to Allah. Democracy is hypocrisy. Hypocrisy in hell.” Politicians fingered members of Hizb ut-Tahrir, a global Islamist group that seeks the establishment of a Shari‘a-run caliphate.

Islamists also have adapted to the information age, recognizing that much of the Western speech they despise now exists online. Al-Azhar University scholars, representatives of the highest religious authority in the Sunni Muslim world, even crafted a fatwa in 2008 that sanctions hacking for the purposes of jihad. Therefore, those who criticize Islam or otherwise offend its followers often find that their freedom of expression is no safer on the internet than it is on a Tower Hamlets billboard.

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  • Chezwick

    Great stuff David. An analogy can be made to Giuliani's New York. Petty crime begets felonious crime, which eventually begets murder. Clean up petty crime and you can transform a city. Stop Islam's insidiously minor attempts to impose Sharia, and you have established a bulwark to use against their major efforts.

    The war for civilization rolls merrily along.

    • Joe Ordinary

      Thanks for an encouraging note Cheswick!

  • Schlomotion

    David Rusin, writing on behalf of Israel Firster, Daniel Pipes in defense of Pamela Geller's N.S.D.A.P. logos is the epitome of shameful. Ms. Geller conceived of these ads because Muslims attacking buses is not a problem in the United States. She wanted to bring that problem here. So she bought purchased speech, not free speech, and in it portrayed Israelis as civilized and Muslims as savages in the hopes that some Muslims would take a black marker to the ads and then this could be called terrorism.

    It is in fact Ms. Geller, Mr. Pipes, and Mr. Rusin who are the savages and the enemies of America. First, they want a race and religion war with the Arabs in the land of e pluribus unum and tolerance. Secondly, they want to use hapless bus passengers as billboards and targets for acts of hatred. Thirdly, they want to bring the Jew-Muslim hate war home to America in the same way that leftists wanted to being the Vietnam War back to America. This is a case of Vandalism being decried by Visigoths.

    • SKIP

      Schlomotion, you are clearly a muslim sharia lover. It is the muslims that want a war and they are already engaged in it with Western civilization and you simply do not know it or you simply and dangerously do not care.

      • Motionupheld

        and arent you clearly a muslim hater? guess everyone is biased! who would have thought it?

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

          Why should he love sharia? Is it the wife beating, or the rape victims he gets to stone perhaps?

          • Motionupheld

            Do you know any Muslims personally who beat their wives, or have been beaten, or are rape victims here in America? Do you even know a Muslim personally at all? Do you know what shariah is according to islam, or do you know what it is according to FOX news and pamella geller? Use your head Roger, I'm asking u to think with a clear head.

            There have been over 700,000 cases of gun violence over the past year in the US, but supposedly 20,000 attacks in the name of Islam around the world in 10 years… does the 700k figure make you feel less safe? Why should a political propoganda tool do that to you? Own your mind, Roger. Don't let it be enslaved by publicity stunts known as public policy. Do it for yourself.

          • Drakken

            You effing muslims always deflect your jihad and project on us infidels, we are no longer going to just cower before you. You take our tollerance and kindness as weakness to be exploited, well those days are coming to an end. That backlash you fear from us infidels is coming. Islam and the west are polar opposite of each and have always been in conflict of each other.

          • Motionupheld

            what am i deflecting? i asked if he knew any cases of muslim victims personally. if he knew any muslims personally to be making any claim about shariah law, you must know about islam as it is practiced, you cant seriously go by what other people tell you you should believe? unless you enjoy living your life mindlessly. and unless you consent to allowing someone else to dictate hate to you. now if you want to know what shariah really is, ask a muslim. that was my point.

            shariah law gives property, marriage, and divorce to men, women, children, orphans, widows, etc. it says muslims cannot eat pork, scavenger meat, bloody meat. muslims cannot drink alcohol because it intoxicates the body and makes you commit sin without knowing it. shariah law mandates that if soemone commits adultery, there should be FOUR witnesses who see that actual act of penetration and all give the same account if any punishment is to be dealt. if any of the witnesses have a different story or just saw "The man on top of the woman" but didnt actually see the act of penetration then the people who told the lie get punished.. basically u cheat on your spouse u get punished, if you lie about the cheating and ruin someones reputation, there is an even bigger punishment. there cant be anything wrong with that. no where in shariah law does it allow for rape. thats inhumane. why would a divine law allow for rape?

            think for a second, even if you dont agree with or subscribe to the religion. 1.8 billion people around the world, about 1/4 of the world follows islam… because they believe in One God. that is the basis of the religion, One God, begets not, no is He begotten, Self-sustainig whom every one and everything relies on for sustainable. Basicly. Whether or not yo beleive it, it is an Abrahamic rleigion, so its the same Merciful God that we all know and love. Why would there be indecent rules like allowing rape? Is it the fault of the person supposedly following the religion

            jihad is a holy war, a noble war, fought in defense. and only if someone attacks you because of your religion. and only if it is because they want you to stop following your religion. the name gets thrown around the media to scare you like its a boogeyman waiting to attack. if the opposing party decides to make peace, you dont go on to attack them, even if you have personal grudges or whatever. how is that wrong? or evil? how is that asking you to cower?

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            Do you know any Jews that kill children personally?
            If not, then by your own standard you need to start defending Jews and Israel then.

            Oh, and on the wife beating? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wp3Eam5FX58

            Hiding behind a pretended ignorance, is that how you cower?

          • Drakken

            We westerners will allow you muslim to give us sharia law over your dead bodies, sharia law not now, not bloody ever! Period!

        • Lan Astaslem

          many of us on this site are islamosavvy – we're onto the muslims, their barbarity and their perpetual outrage

        • Kufar Dawg

          Muslims deserve all the hate they get, just ask the families of the victims of their global jihad.

        • Kufar Dawg

          There's nothing to like about islam, unless you're an islamofascist yourself.

    • http://twitter.com/sheikyermami @sheikyermami

      Ever get any sunlight under your rock?

      Muhammad declared war on the world in the 7th century; never ending enmity until the world submits to Islam. You blame Geller & Pipes for that?

      Project much?

      • Motionupheld

        Every read an actual history book aside from the one you were indoctrinated with in high school?

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

          Yes, and muslims always wanted to conquer and kill. Europe would be in the dark ages if they hadn't stopped the muslims at Tours.

          • Motionupheld

            Did you know that people in Spain begged to be ruled by Muslim leaders because of the Christians persecuting them at the time of islamic empire and that is why they even decided to take over Spain, otherwise they had not interest. Did you know that a Jew, Maimonedes, held one of the highest offices in the islamic government during that and jews and chritians lived in relative peace, at ta time where if you where, even if you were a different denomination of the same christian faith, you would be slaughtered. Go read actual history books, by historians, not fabricated stories by biased people.

          • Drakken

            If you savages were so good and wonderful, why did the Spanish throw your azzes out of Spain?You forgot to mention about all of those purges the muslim rulers gave us infidels all the time on a whim, nice try at revisionist history.

          • PaulRevereNow

            Did Charles Martel beg to be ruled by Muslims? Go read your history books again.

          • Kufar Dawg

            LOL, revisionist islamofascist history at its finest. Maimonides was ultimately given the choice of conversion to islam, death or exile. Most kufrs/infidels in Al Andalus were given only two choices. Guess which he chose? Maimonides had no love for islam. He stated as much.

          • Adam

            How you Islamo-fascists like to distort facts or outright lie!!!
            Maimonedes eventually had to flee Spain because he had achieved success…thus the ire/jealousy of muslims. Maimonedes had some VERY un-flattering/truthful things to say about Muslims and life under Islamic rule for non-muslims!!!

          • Motionupheld

            Muslims have not "always wanted to conquer and kill."
            When Islam first was introduced, those who followed or spread the message of the Oneness of God were being tortured and boycotted because if people knew there was only One God, they would have to get rid of their entire economy based on 350+ idols that people would come to worship in Mecca because the pilgrimage brought in a lot of money, the more gods people worshipped, the more money they would make.

            So the first Muslims moved from the city of Mecca to the city of Medina, but because Muslims were still being tortured in Mecca and not allowed to leave, there was a war, there were many wars. All in defense. If a defensive war is not allowed, how will any people survive? Especially when its against a body of people who value MONEY over human souls and human life. But that was in the 7th century.

            Coming back to the modern world… the British empire only completely fell about a century ago. and they were the ones who actually ruled almost the entire world… and did anyone ever give it a thought that perhaps the people they conquered wouldn't be happy with being forced to play with them? Read about Orientalism, and youll find out more that what Pamella Gellar would ever want you to know.

            Oh an by the way, by constantly spewing hatred about others, Pamella Gelalr is owning your mind, making sure you never even bother to learn about anyone else EVER, and that only her agenda is followed. You might wonder why I'm spending so much time trying to convince you against what youve been taught for I dont know how long, but I really truly believe int he power of the truth, and Roger, I think somewhere down the line later in your life, if not soon, you will definitely turn a new leaf.

            Peace.

          • Drakken

            Muslim peace to you means war with us infidels, Islam always conquered with the sword and it has always been that way since that false pedophile false prophet of yours crawled out of the desert and screwed his first 9 year old. We infidels are not buying the BS your selling.

          • Motionupheld

            Notice im not the one calling you an infidel? You called yourself that.

            End of story. I hope your mind and heart get some peace at some point in your life. I hope that God grants it to you. So much hate can only burden and hurt your heart.. and after all, isnt the heart that pumps to the rest of your body.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            And I notice you never was able to prove that islam is anything other than attacks and war on unbelievers.

            It's the surah 9 mandate, they have no choice under islam. http://www.skepticsannotatedbible.com/quran/9/

          • bribri

            Muslims playing christians/buddhists… how surreal! You need to read your qur'an & haddith, Motionupheld, you're getting all confused.

          • Kufar Dawg

            Motionupheld is lying. Lying is an acceptable and codified act in Islam, it's called Al Taqiyya.

          • Motionupheld

            Im telling you the actual history of Islam as told by the people, enemies as well as followers, living at that time. If you'd rather hear Glam pam's version, your problem, not mine. Ill continue to believe the truth as I know it, and you will continue to worship your false messiahs on fox news.

            Stop confusing religion and politics. Republicans dont represent Christians, and Christians are not obliged to follow every point on the republican platform. But they politicians still try to convince you otherwise.

            May God guide you to truth and give you peace.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            You ignore a lot, that's a sign that you're a muslim hiding in the closet trying to pretend islam isn't what it is.

            Start with the Byzantine empire why don't you. How did islam ever try to live peacefully and coexist with it? Can't lie your way out of that one, can you?

          • Kufar Dawg

            Didn't you really mean to write allah?

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          Verdictupheld.

          Are all the prisoners in Guantanamo innocent?

    • Touchstone

      It was OK for Churchill and other desperate people all over Nazi-occupied Europe to plead with America to intervene in the effort against Hitler. They weren't "savages and enemies of America". But should a Jew make a case that Israel is an American ally, explain what he or she believes to be their common foe, and possibly express a desire for American assistance in the struggle, that person is a "savage" and an "enemy of America".

      In your worldview, it's OK for nations to be allies of the USA, as long as it's not Israel, and as long as no Jews are allowed to make the case for the alliance.

      Naturally, you're the farthest thing from a "savage", even though you fantasize about murdering political opponents like Ben Shapiro (whose "neck" you want to "wring") and Michael Moore (whom you'd "gladly throw into a pit of sharpened stakes"). Naturally, that makes you a great defender of the right of free speech for all Americans, rather than an "enemy" of what America stands for. Keep fighting those savages and enemies, you great noble defender of America, you! How refreshingly devoid of hypocrisy and prejudice you are!

      • Schlomotion

        Awww, it's the old "you're being unfair to Jews because Jews are just like everybody else" argument. In this version Pamela Geller is just like Winston Churchill. That is a great leap in logic, my friend. Last time I checked, Winston Churchill was not a corrupt car salesman who made his money on giving predatory loans with forged information to Black Americans, nor did he mount a campaign of racist billboards on the California bus system. For the sake of defending this obscene propagandist, solely because she is Jewish and hates Muslims, you have dumbed down the entire history of WWII and elevated Pamela Geller to status of the leader of the UK, prime minister, statesman and orator of the Allied Powers. Bravo!

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

          So, you are trying to say that Jews aren't just people like everyone else?

          How racist can you be, when you try to pull out the stops? What is the limit of your hate when you want to just lay it out?

          • Chezwick

            "So, you are trying to say that Jews aren't just people like everyone else?"

            That's exactly what he's saying, Roger…

            You know, we run across many leftists here….suffering their myopia to one degree or another. But Schlomo is of a different breed. He is utterly consumed with Jew-hatred….it's his oxygen, his reason for existing. He's absolutely creepy.

          • Patriot2Opine

            I believe that the loon schlomotion was once a loon named clockwise. An old Navy buddy once said, "A turd is a turd. You can roll it in sugar and it's still a turd."

          • Zionista

            it's like my dad always said, "You can't shine sh#t."

          • Schlomotion

            Your belief is unsubstantiated. Also, was your friend speaking from experience?

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            How much lipstick do you put on a pig before it quits looking like a pig?

          • Kufar Dawg

            Maybe Schlo prefers his lipstick on little boys.

          • Patriot2Opine

            There is substantial evidence by virtue of the anti-Semitic screeds that you and the old clockwise engage. If you are not the same person, then you are just as ignorant.

            My friend had plenty of experience. You see, in the military you often get some folks that need adjustment to become warriors. There are also a few that can never get adjusted. They are the turds. Your abject ignorance places you in that category. I prefer the term "road apple". It fits better for anti-Semitic fools.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            I can just picture him as a road apple.

        • Drakken

          Keep supporting and defending your muslim savages Sparky, traitors like you will rue the day you did.

          • Schlomotion

            Could I please have a projected date and time and membership roster on that prophecy?

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            Why, you want to go apostate when the time rolls around?

        • Touchstone

          How typical of you to distort what I wrote. It's easier to respond to others when you put your own words in their mouths. Geller wasn't the focus, and neither was Churchill. But the juxtaposition was irresistible to you, so you made that the centerpiece of your post, thinking you've captured the essence of my argument.

          The point you're dodging is that there's a double standard when it comes to allies like Britain and one particular ally named Israel. I never actually used Geller's name, but I could have used Netanyahu's name to make the point. A perfect analogy to Churchill isn't necessary here. The point is simply that all talk of helping Israel (or merely being sensitive to their perspective) amounts to treason in the minds of enraged pricks like yourself, and anyone who engages in it is to be howled at as a "savage" and an "enemy of America". But not so anyone who takes up the cause of allied nations that make your pre-approved list.

          Keep in mind, as you distort and mock my analogy, that Israel never asked for American soldiers to fight its battles. That, and not Geller's relative insignificance compared to Churchill, is the meaningful difference between the "savages" you condemn and the Churchill who begged for American assistance, knowing it would mean enormous casualties. He wasn't in the wrong and most people are glad he made the request, but just remember that Israelis (and, presumably, Geller and the others you list) aren't making any such request… yet you still condemn them as savages and enemies. It sure doesn't take much to elicit the rage and hatred you harbor for Israel and Jews.

          • Schlomotion

            Since Geller is herself a living caricature of malfeasance, and Churchill was in a completely separate league, we should avoid saying things like "It was OK for Churchill, but should a Jew [Geller] make a case that Israel is an American ally." The form there is laughably bad. It's like saying, "it's perfectly OK for a man to catch a fly ball in the outfield, but should he catch herpes…"

            Lest you think my analogy an exaggeration, consider also that buses run ads for the Dodgers or Dunkin Donuts, and Geller thinks that she can make out with the bus system as well but everybody knows it's a kiss of contamination. She can claim that her racism is merely Racism Simplex e.g. patronizing ads and fake Randianism, but the ridership and the viewership knows better and are quickly Lysoling the bus before her actions lead to worse outbreaks.

            Civilized vs. Savage! Ms. Geller is Comte de Gobineau, not Churchill. She is begging for assistance all right and not in the way of a Nazi-battered Brittania. She is begging for assistance in resurrecting the values that Americans threw in the trash can when they founded this republic and later on reaffirmed with the Fourteenth Amendment. Churchill didn't do that.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            Schlo, if you want people to comment on your analogies you're going to have to shift to analogies that make sense.

            So far, that's not the case.

          • Touchstone

            You insist on making Geller the focus. She's obviously a bete noire you love to bash. But if you could refrain from indulging yourself in your hobbies for a moment, you might notice that she's not where I'm placing my emphasis. Her name alone is an irresistible distraction for you, in the same way a bright shiny object is in front of the eyes of an infant. You notice nothing else. You made your entire post about her, though she was incidental to my own points. What's of much more substance here is that many Americans like you are howling at Israel for daring to ask for American assistance and not simply facing their genocidal fate with a stiff upper lip. What I'm saying is that, ironically, it was the very island of stiff upper lips that requested–and received–far more assistance than Israel ever asked for. That makes you and your fellow howlers sound like a bunch of raving hypocritical bigots.

            OK, you may now resume pretending that I'm putting Geller on a pedestal, that Geller is all that matters here, and that I love all things Geller.

          • Schlomotion

            She is not your emphasis, but rather the emphasis of the article. I mean, I like talking to you, but Ms. Geller's attempt to bring urban warfare and Jew on Muslim bus burning back home to the United States after the much earned Civil Rights Era peace dividend and moratorium on such things outweighs your defense of all Hasbara publicity stunts at any cost.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            My, to think you are pretending to be part of the debate.

            It's not fooling anyone schlo.

          • Touchstone

            Oh, I see. So when you can't challenge your opponent's argument, you invoke the article, essentially cowering behind it.

            Participants in these fora converse about all manner of topics, sometimes going off on a tangent momentarily unrelated to the article in question. You don't generally mind going off on such tangents, or even starting some of your own … until you hit an obstacle in the form of an argument you can't challenge. Then, conveniently, you remind your opponent that we really should be talking about the article, not the point that he just used to skeletonize your own.

            You invoke the "let's stick to the subject matter of the article" defense purely out of cowardice. It's a dodge. An epic fail. Checkmated again.

        • PaulRevereNow

          Winston Churchill was more like Pamela Geller than you realize. Remember, Churchill was a friend of the Jews, as his father had been; and the Jews liked him. Churchill called Islam "the world's greatest retrograde force," and Pamela Geller doesn't hate Muslims.

          • Schlomotion

            How can you be a friend of all Jews? The idea is patently stupid.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            Can you be a friend to any activist muslims? The idea is patently stupid.

          • Drakken

            I'll side with our western ally any time and day of the week, unlike you who openly side with the muslim savage, good luck traitor, your going to need it.

    • PaulRevereNow

      So you admit that Muslims attacking buses outside the U.S. is a problem. Like the hapless bus passengers in Bulgaria a few weeks ago; that were blown up because they were Jewish; THEY didn't purchase any speech about Islam. And Pamela Geller? Weak argument. The 9/11 hijackers did a much better job of bringing "the Jew/Muslim hate war" home to America.

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

        Schlo isn't exactly a case for islam, but an example of why it can't be taken seriously.

        • IsraelFirster

          Not quite, Roger. Schlo is not an example of why Islam can't be taken seriously. Islam and the their desire for a world-wide Caliphate needs to be taken very very seriously. Shlmo is an example of why HE can't be taken seriously.

    • Kufar Dawg

      No she paid for advertising space, what she puts into that advertising space is her business as long as its legal. Israel is civilised, the islamofascist states of the Mid-East and N. Africa demonstrably are not — at least not for women or non-muslims.

      Muslims have slaughtered millions of Jews, Hindus, Sikhs, Christians and Buddhists since the beginning of the 20th century in places. like Bangladesh, Pakistain, Israel, Turkey, E. Timor, Sudan/Darfur and Iraq. The religious war the muslimes started has never stopped, even now in the 21st century.

      Nice try at mangling the facts, but you FAIL.

    • Motionupheld

      YES, exactly!
      So she bought purchased speech, not free speech, and in it portrayed Israelis as civilized and Muslims as savages in the hopes that some Muslims would take a black marker to the ads and then this could be called terrorism.

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

        Our founding fathers never said a thing about 'purchased' speech.

        • Motionupheld

          exactly.. they didn't. and that is the point. anyone with money can say whatever they want and force millions of people to listen, watch, or read. its not "Free" it was bought. get it? its a pun.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            Nope, anyone can say what ever they want. Whether it's paid for or not is pointless.

            And you're pointless, I get that.

          • PaulRevereNow

            Purchased speech IS free speech; at least here in America. Just ask Geert Wilders or Ayaan Hirsi Ali what happened to them when they wrote a newspaper column critical of Islam, or–perish the thought-made a film critical of Islam. THEY couldn't purchase any speech; and they have to live in hiding, or with round the clock protection. No PUN intended.

      • Drakken

        You had better read the Constitution muslim, there is only free speech or none at all, if your offended, too bloody bad.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        Moronupheld,

        Israelis didn't hijack 4 passenger planes on 9/11 and fly them into buildings.
        Mohammed Atta was NOT an Israeli
        KSM – Khalid Sheik Mohammed, NOT an Israeli
        Al Megrahi of Pan Am 103 infamy was NOT an Israeli

        • Kufar Dawg

          Moronupheld probably thinks islamofascist terrorism is allowed under freedom of expression.

    • Ted G

      Failed once again Schlo!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    We are the current Byzantine Empire.
    The muslims want us to die a death of a thousand cuts.

    Too bad our government is headed by a president of muslim heritage that enjoys watching it.

    • Joe Ordinary

      We are the former North Africa, before islamization occurred.

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

        The reason I used them as an example is that they had the resources to resist and it was weakness from within and a political rot that allowed the islamic hordes to suck the life out of them and kill them.

        I'm not familiar with North Africa being more appropriate, can you explain that situation as you understood it?

        • Rebas Thgil

          "…had the resources to resist and it was weakness from within…."

          The worst weakness from within appears to occur between the left and right ears of our sleeping masses.

        • Kufar Dawg

          The Coptic Christians once ran Egypt, Coptic was the language spoken, a language that is now outlawed in deference to the language of islamofascism: Arabic.

          N. Africa has pretty much been ethnically cleansed of all non-muslims through islamofascist persecution and genocides.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            Boy, you just know that they want to do the same thing here.

            I wonder if it started by defacing chariot advertisements in Egypt perhaps?

  • dodo

    Let teenagers get away with small trouble, the small trouble starts to escalate into big bad stuff. Let muslims get away with small stuff, their inherantly sexual violence escalates. Wake up, appeasers

  • Born in The Bronx

    Mayor Giuliani would never tolerate this vandalism. Mayor Bloomberg will.

  • Mach1Duck

    And yet these same outraged Islamodudes sit at there computers and watch more pron than any other group.

    • Joe Ordinary

      Yes but they do woodoo afterwards and knock three times, so it's OK.

  • LibertyMan

    The question is where does the Islamic Fascists get this stratagy from on stomping on Free Speech rights?…. Answer: The American Left. Mr Obama call your office. Same strategy – Do not compete in the free market of ideas. Instead attack their rights and not address the ideas directly.

  • Motionupheld

    wow, 99% of the people on this comments section are just as stupid as the writer of this article. bravo stupid people. continue to wallow in your stupidness.

    • Drakken

      Coming from a muslim like you, it really doesn't mean much, so get bent hadji.

      • BaileyJer

        It’s humorous to observe a dhimmi who thinks he/she is smarter than everyone else. Oh, to aspire to be so enlightened . . .

        • Motionupheld

          wth is a dhummi? who said i was muslim?

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            There are a couple of giveaways.

        • Motionupheld

          what do you people read to become so narrow minded? read a real book written by an academic instead of sarah palin or pamho gellar. shes just in it for the attention. youre just giving it to her. the idea of "dhimmi" is so profoundly ignorant. just sit down guys, sit down.

          • Drakken

            Typical leftist useful idiot carrying water for the muslims, narrow minded no, the facts speak otherwise dumbazz.

          • Motionupheld

            I haven't lacked in vocabulary enough to need a cuss word, I gave you essays of historically proven truth (until the fabrications of merely decades ago introduced deviant and biased alternatives to truth), and yet.. I am the "dumbazz"

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            You are totally narrow minded, you can't even consider the possibility that your bigotry is founded on flawed conclusions.

          • Drakken

            I do not in any way shape or form suffer fools or traitors, side with the jihadist? Your just as guilty as they are, and no quarter, period!

          • Drakken

            You are an effing liar and I am calling you a liar, revisionist history at best, or downright muslim propaganda at worst, either way you are a traitor to the west's values and our way of life, get bloody bent ! Side with the muslim savage, you can bloody well perish with them, that day is coming and when it does there will be no quarter.

          • BaileyJer

            You rocketed from "wth is a dhummi?" to "the idea of 'dhimmi' is so profoundly ignorant" in record time (Google is your friend, eh?). Sure, keep thinking we want to sit down and reflect on your genius insights.

          • Motionupheld

            no, i just recalled a book i came across the other day, but i was hoping to hear your version of the idea of dhimmi… which is so obviously biased since its written bio a zionist. not getting into that debate with ay of you on this forum.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            A book huh?

          • Kufar Dawg

            Did you read it?

          • Motionupheld

            and i meant sit down, as in relax your self lol not sit down and reflect. althought, that would be a nice change for some people.

          • BaileyJer

            Got to go, but let me leave this with you . . . If you want to persuade people to your way of thinking, don't assume they're stupid and DON'T lead your initial missive with insults. I can tell by the randomness of your subsequent posts that it's you who needs to read/research a bit more. Then your posts will, hopefully, better reflect reason and logic. Adios.

          • Kufar Dawg

            To expect logic and reason from an islamofascist is having high hopes indeed.

          • Kufar Dawg

            Yes sit down and prepare to have your heads chopped off, in a peaceful way of course.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Moronupheld,

            I'm voting for Romney, just to bring a little Nakba into your life.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mike.villano.71 Mike Villano

      Someday maybe if you're lucky you may realize how ignorant and brainwashed you are.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        Nah. Just let him go through life seeing his dreams unfulfilled.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Moronupheld,

      SORRY. We reject Sharia law, Islamofascism, Muslim Brotherhood, Socialism, national Socialism.

      Do you need tissues to dry your eyes?

  • BaileyJer

    The Second Amendment will ultimately stymie these jihadist assaults on our First Amendment rights!

    • Vermont Yid

      You got that right!

      One of these days (the sooner the better) the non-muslim Americans are going to get their zhit together and have an open season on the muslims. It's loooong overdue.

  • patriotwork

    Yes, indeed. Support the civilized man. Else fall under the merciful social justice of savages.

  • Drakken

    Keep trying to silence our voice muslims,if you succeed, the next thing you will hear is the sound of rifles.

  • Rick_in_VA

    Remember a popular song from the '50s called Mecca?
    If I were to play it on my car stereo in the vicinity of a mosque, would I risk beheading?

    They can take sharia and shove it back to the 12th century with the rest of the muslims.

    If muslims don't like freedom, and obviously they don't, they can go back where they came from.

  • Stuart Parsons

    And in the U.K I have been charged under Section 5 of the Public Order Act because I have signs on my car revealing the evil nature of Islam. Why ? Because well-meaning but uninformed individuals complained to the police that I am a racist….. WHICH I MOST CERTAINLY AM NOT. I have spent 5 years studying the 'Cult of Muhammad' . It is a vile evil disgusting belief system.

    • Rothschild

      As a Catholic Jew; all my encounters with Islam is it's a beautiful religion, some of the greatest theologians in Christianity, use Islam, as as a model to perfect their Christianity.

      • Drakken

        Are you bloody retarted or just being obtuse?

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

          Obtuse most likely.

          It's the best his cleric can do with the material he was presented with.

      • Kufar Dawg

        Is "Catholic Jew" a euphemism for muslime?

    • Drakken

      You are not a racist, you are a culturalist, and tell the muslims to get bent.

  • CViper

    Islam isnt even a religion. It's a political movement like Nazism and should be treated exactly the same. Rooted out and destroyed like the vile filth it is.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mike.villano.71 Mike Villano

    The author is right but he only scratches the surface of the problem that is growing here in the US at ALL levels of society from officialdom, media, law enforcement and of course media.
    For years now officialdom and media have been falling all over each other trying to carve out 1st Amendment exceptions for Muslims and Islam.
    When some no name in Florida even threatened to burn a koran, the President, the Sec of State and the general in charge of AF/PAK theater ops came down on him to not exercise his right to speech freedom.
    His insurance was pulled and he was basically ruined.
    Gotta thank Obama and Hillary for that sell out.
    Now the false prophets and liars some still call reporters and journalists have a new favorite question they LOVE and ADORE to pose in their headlong rush to destroy the First Amendment:
    "IS IT FREE SPEECH OR OFFENSIVE?"
    Next time you hear or read this seemingly innocuous phrase, please know you are being sold out.

    • Kufar Dawg

      If the zero gets "re-elected" it'll be interesting to see how he goes about criminalizing criticism of the RoP.

  • Rothschild

    I get the impression that websites like Huntington Post and Frontage, have become sounding boards for statesman aids (trolls). I know the Jews and the militant Muslims (terrorists) want nothing to do with Pacifists; but, to truly have a rational meaningful discussion, or dialogue in a political forum discussing religion, race; one would have to have some sort of understanding of the language, and politics of pacifism.

    The Jewish trolls, are not even imaginative, having nothing better to do then spew out vicious Islamic religious hate; and the Islamic trolls, have nothing better to do, then to appeal to the authoritarian side of the Jewish mentality to push their buttons, using anti-Semitic slogans, or whatever, to fight in their jihad.

    It would be easier for the Jews, and the Muslims, if the militant terrorist Muslims, adapt to liberal pacifism first from the spiritual perspective..then the Jews (especially political Jews) will ignore you; and still persecute the Muslims for a while; but with a rational Muslim a peaceful Islam; being peaceful toward the non political Jew, that outnumber, and out think, the political Jews, peace shall occur.

    • Western Canadian

      Do you always babble in such a nonsensicle manner?

      • Rothschild

        If my language is foreign; then use the experts such as Simone Weil, a giant in calamity philosophy and politics…. to best understand the roots of language during times of disasters such as World War 2, the Holocaust, or impending disasters (terrorism)…. look to the past as a model to seek peace with enemies, in the present.

        ————————————————–

        It's as if we have returned to the era of Protagoras and the sophists, the era when the art of persuasion –for which slogans, commercials, public propaganda meetings, newspapers, cinema, radio are the modern equivalent– took the place of thought, determined the fate of cities and accomplished coups.

        __________

        Simone Weil

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

          The problem is muslim activists don't just aim for Jews.

          So, your pretending anyone aware of the danger muslim activists present is a Jewish troll is false.

          • Rothschild

            I have no problem with the spirituality of Islam; only with the militant form of Islam (terrorists)…wouldn't it be easier to fight the terrorists, by appealing to the side of Islam that is peaceful, rather then warlike?

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            You don't have a problem with it? http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7708169.stm
            Yes, the beautiful parts… http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/
            The family values, the way it 'protects' women and children? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/15/arizona-

            So intellectual of you to explain where I'm wrong. I'm just dying for more details….

          • Rothschild

            My religion is Catholic, but I consider myself a Catholic Jew… read a Melkite priest named Louis Massignon, whom wrote a book Essai sur les origins du lexique technique de la mystique musulmane.
            __________________________

            Personally in matters where dogmatic beliefs differ, I think that controversy is of little value because it takes us away from the spiritual realities into the realm of words and ideas. In the realm of realities we may have a great deal in common, where in words there are apt to be infinite complexities and subtleties which are beyond resolution. It is, however, important, I think, to try to understand the experience of divine light, and first of all the light that God gives us even as the Creator and Ruler of the Universe. It is here that the area of fruitful dialogue exists between Christianity and Islam.

            Thomas Merton

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            It seems you had nothing of islam you could call beautiful or defend.

            How typical. Do you work with Trista Parsi too?

          • Rebas Thgil

            How many steps does he climb to reach that officious perch high atop his ivory tower?

            Must be too taxing on the brain to allow much room for consideration of what islam truly is about. Some academics seem incapable of learning anything. If they could, they would realize that there never was and never will be any 'fruitful dialogue' between Christianity and the evil cult islam.

          • Kufar Dawg

            It's not only Christians who are persecuted/murdered/raped by muslimes, it's Hindus, it's Sikhs, it's Jews, it's anyone non-muslime.

          • Ted G

            The peaceful side of islam was abrogated.

    • Drakken

      The problem with do gooders and wishful thinkers like you is that history never is kind to you useful idiots.

  • Ralph

    I have to go to the mosk, and take a hellasious ala. I hope there is enough koran paper tp wipe my mohamud. It is going to smell like islom in there. Misspellings are intentional.

  • Buck

    The jihadists resist knowing full well that evil exposed to the light of truth cannot prevail , that is why Islam cannot ever survive in this or any free and open society .

    • Rebas Thgil

      Must be why their plan in Britain and other European countries is to out-breed the indigenous population….

  • kenny

    If you choose to come to OUR country, you need to accept OUR lifestyle, OUR laws and OUR freedoms! These "immigrants" need to dry their eyes or go "home". Don't deface OUR country or pollute OUR idealism's. I was born here, and I abide by the laws and respect the freedoms MY forefathers died to protect.

    • Rebas Thgil

      I'd like to go back to WE choose if they come here to OUR country, personally.

      The islamists and other groups as well have no intention of assimilating. This point is demonstrated quite well in the book 'Mexifornia'.

  • Steve

    Thought provoking article. It made me realize that chivalry is not dead. For example, Mohammedd Hasneth said what he did was for the good. Of women,I suppose.as he doesn't approve of leering at the women in his wife.Now that to me is chivalry of yesteryear as in the days 0f knights who would duel to the death for such an acion. It made
    me wonder if suicide bombers know that they will go to their heaven by just such acts of chivalry.
    There is an abundance of food for thought in this article. The part of religion, any religion, in having the believers
    behave in a repugnant way to most civilized persons should be a starting point to prevent stupidity someone
    inappropriately used.