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Pamela Geller sows seeds of hate in Texas

A SEPTEMBER 11, 2012 PHOTODavid Karp/AP

Anti-Islamic blogger Pamela Geller spoke at a recent conference she organized entitled “Stop Islamization of America.”

Looks like Pamela Geller will get her wish: More dead Americans at the hands of radical Muslims. Hell, the hatemonger finally even got ISIS to pay attention to her.

Last week Geller — whose repulsive anti-Muslim ad campaign caused the MTA to ban all religious, opinion and political ads — held a $ 10,000 contest in Texas. The aim? To draw caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, which she knows is forbidden by most Muslims and frowned upon by the rest.

The result? Two violent radical Muslims opened fire on the group, and the shooters ended up dead at the hands of the police. Yesterday ISIS claimed credit and vowed to kill more Americans.

Violence and its ugly brother, violent protest, is the lowest form of human expression and runs counter to what most of the great religious and philosophical prophets, from Jesus to Muhammad to Martin Luther King to Mahatma Gandhi, preached.

But so is hate-filled propaganda against any one religion. Geller, like ISIS and al Qaeda, revel in hate and nothing would make any of them happier than to be the catalyst for the killing of hundreds of innocent Americans to prove a point. Geller would be a hero to the hateful. Damn the cost in innocent lives, damn the heartache.

Don’t think for a minute that violence isn’t what she, just like the murderers of ISIS, want. Suppose there was a contest to draw God in defiance of Jewish laws? Would that be free speech or hate speech? What about cartoons of Jesus with his genitals up in the air?

While we have freedom of speech, we also have freedom of religion, which shouldn’t be impinged upon.

Saif Inam, policy analyst for Muslim Public Affairs Council, cautions calm. “Criminals who claim to defend Islam,” he said, “are actually sullying the teachings that the Prophet came to us with. He too was mocked, ridiculed and physically abused but he responded with love and kindness. Ms. Geller’s offensive claims should still be responded to with love, reason, and logic.”

Good luck with reasoning with the unreasonable.

But stupidity on a grand scale doesn’t start and stop with Geller. It extends to the smartest among us too. Take PEN America, the writers’ organization.

The group held their annual gala Tuesday night and picked Charlie Hebdo for their Freedom of Expression Courage Award. The magazine’s pornographic cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed led to the slaughter of 17 people by maniacal Muslims in Paris.

Again, violence is the lowest form of human expression, but mocking another religion isn’t high up there either.

As Americans, we have the right to mock anybody’s God, yes, but except for the vile few like Pamela Geller, and murderous religious fanatics among us, it’s just not what we do or what we celebrate.

After all, we’re not ISIS, and we’re not PEN & Geller. Thank Gods.

Jon Hamm (R) as Don Draper in "Mad Men," which is ending its run after segven seasons. Frank Ockenfels/AP

Jon Hamm (R) as Don Draper in “Mad Men,” which is ending its run after segven seasons.

Enlarge Sarah Jessica Parker arrives in a stunning headdress at the Met Gala. James Devaney/GC Images

Sarah Jessica Parker arrives in a stunning headdress at the Met Gala.

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DRAPER’S WINDOW DRESS

Will “Mad Men’s” ultimate empty suit Don Draper do a Tony Soprano and fade away in the finale, or will he do exactly what creator Matthew Weiner has been showing us he’d do every week for seven seasons?

No, not screw yet another deeply depressed woman, although that’s always on the table, especially with that waitress.

Logic tells us that Don will finally jump out that window he’s been tumbling from for the last 90 episodes.

Last week’s aptly titled, “Lost Horizon” episode (a place where people stay young forever), sure hinted at it. Don even rattled the window of his new office, looking curious.

Weiner said no sequel, so if Don does a “Birdman” instead of a Tony, don’t expect him to sprout wings sporting the ad slogan: Straighten Up and Fly Right.

How do you think “Mad Men” will end? Use the hashtag #MadMenEnding on Twitter to make your predictions.

REV. AL’S DOUBLE STANDARD

Why isn’t Al Sharpton organizing a demonstration against armed men of all colors who kill cops of all colors?

Instead he and others have turned this into a race war about armed white cops killing unarmed black men…Kim Kardashian’s new book is called “Selfish” and is full of wisdom about life-altering things. No, not transgender life-altering things. Selfies. Kardashian thought about calling it “Shameless” but it sounded too selfish…Sarah Jessica Parker channeled Cher in a headdress, Cher channeled Sarah Jessica Parker in a dress, no one accused Zendaya of smelling of patchouli, Justin Bieber came as Henry VIII, (thin phase), Madonna looked the same age as her daughter Lourdes, and no one in the whole joint wore underwear.

Just another fun night at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Elissa Alvarez (left), 20, and Jose Caballero, 39, face charges of lewd and lascivious behavior after upset Cortez Beach, in Bradenton, Fla., beachgoers reported them to police for having sex in public.Mantee County Sheriff’s Office

Elissa Alvarez (left), 20, and Jose Caballero, 39, face charges of lewd and lascivious behavior after upset Cortez Beach, in Bradenton, Fla., beachgoers reported them to police for having sex in public.

SAND AND DELIVER

A jury convicted a Florida couple of having sex on the beach — and I’m not talking about the drink.

While this particular move is the stuff of movie legends — think “From Here To Eternity,” (OK, so Deborah Kerr and Burt Lancaster kept their giant bathing suits on) to “Tarzan, the Ape Man,” not to mention “Humanoids from the Deep” — the couple, Elissa Alvarez, 20, and Jose Caballero, 40 — weren’t so lucky. Although they were caught on film by a bystander.

It took the jury 15 minutes to er, come back with the lewd and lascivious verdict after watching the film. It mustn’t have been very good, because the couple faces faces 15 years in prison for the best 15 minutes (hope it didn’t last just seconds) of their lives.

FIRST COUPLE NOT GAGA FOR GALA

At least he wasn’t late. Mayor De Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray apparently kept their underwear on, because they skipped the Met Costume gala altogether. Considered one of the city’s more important fund-raising arts events, McCray said she’d never even heard of it until her daughter mentioned it. Seriously? Reverse snobbism is still snobbism, and snubbing an art form that generates billions for New York City fashion is, well, in such bad taste that even Lady Gaga wouldn’t wear it.

PREET BEAT

The principal of good government is to investigate crimes, not to investigate people. Going after people was the road Chris Christie took to the New Jersey governorship by arresting dozens of politicians as a prosecutor, and now prosecutors are after him.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara learned well, and has taken down two of the three men in that closed room he always talks about: Assembly Speaker Sheldon (Lotsa) Silver and Senate Majority Leader, Dean (In The Sewer) Skelos. The only one left in the room has the only job Preet supposedly wants: Governor. Run, Cuomo, Run! I mean for another term, of course.

One thing for sure, Preet sure won’t run against his mentor, Chuck Schumer, who taught him everything he knows… about publicity.

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