Monday, October 11, 2010
Pamela Geller - Resident Islamaphobe in America's Cultural Epicenter
Pamela Geller proves that American Islamaphobia can come from wealthy and cosmopolitan population centers as well as from the fairly homogenous U.S. heartland. Though from a highly educated part of New York City, Geller’s beliefs on Islam blatantly ignore truths and propagate fallacies that should be evident to a person of average intellect.
Geller, a resident of Manhattan’s East Side, blogs on Atlas Shrugs, a site dedicated to voicing what it sees as an inherently violent and uncompromising Islam.
She has helped bring into the mainstream a concept that after 9/11 percolated mainly on the fringes of American politics: that terrorism by Muslims springs not from perversions of Islam but from the religion itself. Geller is a voracious commentator on any and all indications that Islam is evil by nature.
She repeatedly asserts in her blog that the national government has been compromised with Muslim sympathizers.
“The enemy has infiltrated every department, every division of the federal government and the Obama administration,” wrote Geller.
She recently published a book called “The Post-American Presidency,” in which she credited President Obama with “not only presiding over but actively promoting the decline of America.”
Her closest partner is Robert Spencer, the proprietor of Jihadwatch.org. Incorporation papers for their American Freedom Defense Initiative list as founding members Anders Gravers, a Danish “anti-Islamization” activist (“Jihad is the knife slicing the salami of freedom”) and John Joseph Jay (“There are no innocents in Islam”). Their lawyer, David Yerushalmi, has sought to criminalize the practice of Islam, when defined as adherence to Shariah, Islamic religious law.
Geller pounced on the Park 51 Muslim Center when the New York Times first reported the plans.
“This is Islamic domination and expansionism,” Ms. Geller declared. The only Muslim center appropriate near ground zero, she said, would be devoted to “expunging the Koran” of “incitement to violence.” (Though, she added, such a center “probably wouldn’t last two minutes without being bombed by devout Muslims.”)
Geller’s interest in Islam started with Sept. 11, before which she did not know Osama bin Laden was.
She “felt guilty that I didn’t know who had attacked my country,” she said.
Along with her business partner Johnson, Geller later capitalized on Sept. 11 to provide a platform for their counter-Jihad beliefs.
“Most people are only concerned with their families and friends and their immediate circle,” said Johnson. “There is a visceral connection that Americans have with 9/11 that is not felt about other issues.”
Speaking on her upbringing in a pro-American power household, Geller said she does not feel that the “good guys” in the world win anymore. Christianity, in her view, is the force of good, while Islam embodies that which is evil in her worldview.
“Growing up as the sort of tail end of the baby boomers, there was this feeling of invincibility in America,” she said. “We were free. The good guys won. The good cop is on the beat. I certainly don’t get a sense of that anymore.”