Tuesday night, Fox News carried a barrage of criticism against free-speech heroine Pam Geller for her draw Mohammed contest. She was attacked by Greta van Susteren, Bill O’Reilly, and Laura Ingraham, without being given a chance to be interviewed and defend herself. Megyn Kelly and Sean Hannity were the stand-up guys.
In response to my blog post Tuesday on Megyn Kelly calling out O’Reilly on why Geller is absolutely right, I received an e-mail from a normally clear-headed conservative friend who asserted that Geller was purposely provocative and that it is wrong to insult anyone’s religion.
Here’s the key difference. Muslims can follow their own religious beliefs, but they can’t force me to follow them. They believe that it is wrong to draw Mohammed; Catholics think it is wrong to get divorced; Jews think it is wrong to eat pork. You are not insulting Judaism by eating pork, a Catholic by divorcing, or a Muslim by drawing Mohammed.
To claim that drawing Mohammed is an insult is a jihadi idea. It is not an American idea. It is applying their code to our behavior. Drawing Mohammed is entirely normal political speech. It is not a gratuitous insult; it is fighting the imposition of sharia law in America.
Pam Geller is the bravest woman in America at this moment.
She deserves to be given a podium so her voice can be heard by millions. That supposedly conservative journalists are attacking her instead signals their incapacity to counter jihad in America.
It is crucial for the survival of civilization that all of us speak out loudly and clearly about the many truly appalling and abominable aspects of Islam. Geller’s speakers were saying true things about Islam that are mislabeled insults because they are critical. Islam must be criticized.
If we don’t support the bravest among us when they criticize Islam’s fascist ways, why are we surprised when the missing moderate Muslims remain silent and invisible? They are not allowed to criticize their religion either, even in America.
It was an ex-Muslim who won Geller’s contest. Does he not deserve our applause and support for defying the monsters who kill anyone who dares leave Islam?
Christians are being tortured, raped, beheaded, and burned alive, and having their children stolen. On American campuses, the one place jihadi front groups are allowed free rein, Jewish students are being vilified, harassed, and even physically attacked. Muslim women in America are murdered by their fathers for normal dating. Baby Somali girls in America are having their clitorises cut off.
Where is your voice? What is your church or synagogue doing? Why do we tolerate for one second politicians and pundits racing forward to assert that we must not criticize Islam? It is a nightmare religion to those who live under it, and to those under its reach.
Geller’s free speech event was done not to provoke a violent response. It was done to defy a violent response. That is noble.