Cowardly Complaint About Pamela Geller & the Counter-Jihad
When an old media jihadist-appeaser cowers under their desk while criticizing a new media counter-jihadist, you know that whatever the counter-jihadist did to attract the criticism is all the more important.
Case in point: the following opinion piece complains about Pamela Geller’s American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) ads that equate jihadists with savages. “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man.” Does any educated citizen dispute that Islamic jihadists are savages? No. The problem is that far too few citizens are educated about the on-going threat of jihad specifically and Islamization generally. Enter the new media counter-jihadists.
This Islamic appeasement piece asserts that the AFDI “savage” ad is an “expression of opinions we loathe and believe fraught with death…” In other words, don’t do anything that might aggravate the jihadists because they may kill in reply. AFDI is not adding fuel to the fire as this cowardly article implies. AFDI is attempting to engage the populace in a greater discourse about the threat of Islamization and jihad. AFDI seeks to educate those who are blissfully unaware of the danger Islamization presents to our American Freedoms. The American ideal of Free Speech must not be suppressed by cowards because they fear how Jihadists will react. Join the counter-jihad!
Anti-jihad ads in subway may be legal, but they lack street-smarts
The unwritten code of the subway says that when a situation is fraught with danger, you never want to escalate it. You never want to challenge the angry-looking guy who’s staring at you from across the aisle and muttering under his breath. Is Armageddon erupting in his head? You don’t want to find out.
Today I’m upset with Pamela Geller because she has broken the code. She has an ad going up in 10 New York subway stations that reads: “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.” As a New Yorker who was present in Manhattan on 9/11, I can promise you, I don’t like jihadists any more than she does.
But is it really wise to bait them? Right now? After what has happened in Egypt, Libya and Lower Manhattan (more than once)? (emphasis added by OBS)
I can accept the decision by federal Judge Paul Engelmayer that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority was wrong to reject the ad’s language as demeaning. It’s protected speech, he said.
We should be eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions we loathe and believe fraught with death, unless they pose such an imminent threat that an immediate check is required to save the country, wrote Justice Oliver Wendell Homes Jr. Who can say with certainty what the effect of Geller’s signs will be?
The issue isn’t the law. It’s common sense. Why bring this intractable psychodrama to the subway? Life is tough enough. Joseph Dolman NEWSDAY Monday September 24, 2012 6:15 PM