Countering Anti-Islam Conference of Pam Geller, the David Duke of Islamophobia

The Arab American Institute (AAI) yesterday hosted a Rejecting Islamophobia Town Hall (SEE VIDEO) in Dearborn to provide a counter-narrative to an anti-Islam conference also held yesterday by birther Pam Geller and Robert Spencer, who was the demonic inspiration of Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik.

Geller’s rhetoric and skewing of facts regarding Muslims is no different David Duke’s rhetoric regarding Blacks. 

See MSNBC story below:

Dueling in Dearborn over murder of a 20-year-old woman

By Kari Huus,

In Dearborn Mich., a Detroit suburb known for its concentration of Muslim Americans, anti-Islam leaders from around the country are gathering to discuss how to rescue women from that faith. The “Jessica Mokdad Human Rights Conference on Honor Killings” on Sunday is named for a local Muslim woman murdered one year ago.

But Muslims, civil rights groups and other religious leaders say the conference is merely another event put on by well-known bigots to attack the minority religion. Their response was to schedule a town hall meeting just a few miles away on Sunday called “Rejecting Islamophobia: A Community Stand Against Hate.”

The honor killing conference, organized by Pamela Geller, who became nationally famous for her vocal opposition to the Ground Zero Mosque, aka Park 51 in Manhattan, is based on the premise that Mokdad, 20 years old when she died in April 2011, was the victim of an honor killing justified by Islam.

Mokdad’s family maintains that the killing was a tragedy that has nothing to do with their Islamic beliefs, according to a report in the Detroit Free Press.

“It’s not a case based on honor,” Macomb County Assistant Prosecutor Bill Cataldo, chief of homicide, told the Free Press on Friday.

In court, prosecutors have said the motive for Mokdad’s killing was that her stepfather, Rahim Alfetlawi had “been sexually abusing her,” Cataldo said, according to the report. They argue that when she threatened to go public about the abuse he killed her.

Cataldo said the family strongly objects to the conference using Mokdad’s killing, which they say was a tragedy that had nothing to do with their faith.

Geller insists this was an honor killing carried out by a devout Muslim because his stepdaughter was not following Islam, and that the family is covering it up. She alleges that law enforcers systematically cover up honor killings here and elsewhere under “stealth enforcement” of Islamic shariah law.

On her web site, Geller says: “Despite pressure from the media and members of Jessica’s family who want to cover up the honor killing aspect of her murder, we are not going to change the name of the conference. Unlike those closest to her, we are going to honor Jessica’s memory and stand up against the brutal practice that took her life.”

The Dearborn conference will feature speeches by Geller and Robert Spencer — author of the blog “Jihad Watch” — as well as several like-minded legal and religious figures. They have also invited a young man who says he was Mokdad’s friend to offer “firsthand testimony” that she was a victim of honor killing.

Stop the Islamization of America, which Geller and Spencer founded, has been listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a non-profit civil rights watchdog.

“Pamela Geller is the anti-Muslim movement’s most visible and flamboyant figurehead,” according to a profile published by SPLC on its web site. “She’s relentlessly shrill and coarse in her broad-brush denunciations of Islam and makes preposterous claims.”

The Arab American Institute, a decades-old community organization in the Detroit area, discouraged Muslims and their supporters from protesting at the site of Geller’s conference.  But they organized a competing event, said AAI president Jim Zogby, because Geller and Spencer have become too prominent to ignore.

“Geller and Spencer have thousands of followers, and are given airtime to spew their hate on major American news networks, as if they are respected analysts with just another viewpoint,” Zogby said on the AAI announcement for the “Rejecting Islamophobia” town hall in Detroit.

Although many Americans have never encountered a Muslim in person, about 43 percent questioned in a recent Gallup Poll said they felt at least “a little” prejudice against Muslims.

“This group, we cannot ignore. This is the time for our community to take a stand, along with all those who value America’s commitment to diversity and freedom of religion, against the politics of division and bigotry promoted by the Islamophobes.”

A variety of community, interfaith and religious leaders and Michigan public on their agenda, for a “community conversation about how to respond to these continued attacks,” said Zogby.

One participant who was just on his way to the town hall was Dawud Walid, who heads the Michigan office of the Council on American Islamic Relations, a civil rights advocacy group for Muslims.

“I think firstly we have to better expose who these anti-Muslim bigots are as well as their funders,” said Walid. “We believe that the Islamophobia that permeates our country is being pushed by a well-organized, highly-funded network.”

He says that while Dearborn and Detroit have become a focus for the activities of Geller and others of like mind, the problem is bigger.

“Islamophobia is a national illness,” he said.


4 thoughts on “Countering Anti-Islam Conference of Pam Geller, the David Duke of Islamophobia

  1. It was an honor killing and the Muslim community, along with you Dawud know it! Quit trying to spin it otherwise!

  2. Fort Hood shooter blazing death shouting “Allah Who”? Several previous honor killings, one conviction, Times Square Bomber, Oregon Christmas Tree Bomber, underwear bomber, glad you wasn’t on that flight, right? is there anything in the news ever about Muslims doing any good for anyone? As I see it there is nothing learned by me from media press about Islam which I find very attractive to make me want to ttrust Muslims and their goals and intentions, and every reason why I among the vast majority of Americans ignorant about Islam and Muslim actions want to be curious to listen to Spencer and Geller to see what they have. There is nothing evil about a few book writers wanting to warn Americans about what to beware of from the Islamic sector when every time we all turn on TV or read the press yet another Muslim and Muslim group goes berserk in homicidal rage over many things which are but seemingly trivial, to us, to want to destroy human life over.

  3. Yes. You wanted a reply from me upon your attack of Pam Geller, a little girl with very little spiritual in-depth understanding about the spiritual realities which tie most of Islam into devil spirits I myself can manipulate and control, unlike the little girl Pam Geller which Muslims are so fond of attacking!! Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!! I personally control and manipulate most of the devil spirit realm which guides your version of Islam, and Pamela Geller I could never tell her what depths of evil you people are really at!! Guard and watch closely for a suicide action from one of you tonight!! In all community I have to tell you all to watch and to guard for a suicide attempt by one of you tonight!!!

    If you want a straight reply from me, never nind little passed out Pamela Gellar, but address your inquires unto the chief of the devil spirit realm, me, Satan himself!!

  4. No wonder why Muslims are liberal and supporters of the Democrat Party. Both are alike and gullible!

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