Check out this ad and tell me what you think.
Now watch this video with Pamela Geller, who is the ideological push behind the initiative:
The problem is, that’s not what Geller actually believes. She is pushing this against all Muslims. Here are a few quotes from the famed Southern Poverty Law Centre that go quite a way in proving she’s not aiming this against the sociopathic terrorists, but against what she (erroneously) thinks is an “extreme ideology”:
“Islam is not a race. This is an ideology. This is an extreme ideology, the most radical and extreme ideology on the face of the earth.”
— Pam Geller On Fox Business’ “Follow the Money,” March 10, 2011
“Obama is a third worlder and a coward. He will do nothing but beat up on our friends to appease his Islamic overlords.” — Pam Geller, AtlasShrugs.com, April 13, 2010
“Hussein [meaning President Obama] is a muhammadan. He’s not insane … he wants jihad to win.” — Pam Geller, AtlasShrugs.com, April 11, 2010
“I don’t think that many westernized Muslims know when they pray five times a day that they’re cursing Christians and Jews five times a day. … I believe in the idea of a moderate Muslim. I do not believe in the idea of a moderate Islam.” — Pam Geller, The New York Times, Oct. 8, 2010
“Now do I see everything through the prism of Israel? No, I don’t, but I do think it’s a very good guide. It’s a very good guide because, like I said, in the war between the civilized man and the savage, you side with the civilized man. … If you don’t lay down and die for Islamic supremacism, then you’re a racist anti-Muslim Islamophobic bigot. That’s what we’re really talking about.” – Pam Geller, The New York Times, Oct. 8, 2010
Thankfully some Jewish groups are voicing their outrage:
“The challenge for us now is to raise our voices to say that these ads don’t represent and don’t reflect the mainstream American Jewish community,” said Mark Pelavin, senior adviser at the Union for Reform Judaism and associate director of the Religious Action Center. [...]
Jewish advocates are particularly disturbed by the ads because they combine anti-Islamic propaganda and pro-Israel discourse as if supporting Israel and rejecting Islam were two sides of the same coin.
I don’t think the ads should be banned — that’s not what happens in a democracy — I just think we should be pushing them to margins of our public debate. This means that TV networks shouldn’t be giving Geller any oxygen, etc. We need to come out and say, “this isn’t our Zionism.”