We here at Loon Watch have documented many of the perverse and reprehensible statements of those in the Islamophobic blogosphere. However, sometimes these loons take their disgusting behavior and rhetoric to another level. It is safe to say that these loons have a burning hatred in their hearts for Muslims and the religion of Islam, despite their hollow claims to the contrary (Pamela Geller claiming that she “loves Muslims” or Robert Spencer being pushed to say that Islam molds its followers to be moral and upright individuals).
Previously, Geller and Spencer attempted to exploit the Rifqa Bary incident to their advantage. However, their ridiculous claims that the girl’s life was in danger were dispelled by law enforcement who told all sane individuals that the parents were cooperating and posed no threat to young Rifqa. Despite the police’s claims to the contrary, the loons continued to use Rifqa’s situation to promote their hate fest against Islam and Muslims.
So it is nauseating to read that bigots like Geller and Spencer have decided to “honor” a Muslim girl named Aqsa Parvez who was murdered in 2008 by her father for not practicing her faith the way her father wanted. Geller used the opportunity to exploit the murder of this young Muslim girl for her anti-Muslim agenda by creating a “memorial” in Aqsa’s honor. In reality, it is nothing but a monument symbolizing “everything that is wrong with Islam” in the mind of Pamela Geller. She is weaponizing a young girl’s grave site.
Geller raised money, asking her anti-Muslim fans to support the erection of a headstone at the site of Aqsa Parvez’s grave in Canada. “All was going according to plan,” says Geller, until Aqsa’s family refused to use such a headstone from her. What is amazing is that Geller didn’t seem to anticipate this, and instead raised $5,000 from her supporters anyways. One wonders why she is so incredulous: does it take a rocket scientist to figure out why a Muslim family wouldn’t want to erect an anti-Muslim headstone on their daughter’s grave site? A headstone funded by people who absolutely hate their religion?
Says Geller further: “The family (yes, the family that murdered her) had refused to ‘sign off’ on the headstone.” The family didn’t kill Aqsa Parvez. Her father and brother did. They are both serving life sentences for her murder. I seriously doubt they had any legal say in what is placed on Aqsa’s grave. It was likely the mother who decided against using such a headstone. One could hardly expect her to do otherwise, considering she is Muslim herself.
It is even doubtful that Aqsa Parvez herself would support the headstone. It is quite possible, even probable, that Aqsa would renounce her self-proclaimed benefactor Pamela Geller. Based on what we know, Aqsa was most likely still a Muslim, and never renounced her religion altogether. Why would she want to associate herself with people who vilify her own religion and all its adherents? Like many young Muslims, she might simply have been rebelling against a strict interpretation of Islam–a firebrand, conservative form of it. Why is it a given that she rejected the entire religion of Islam, as Geller et al. would imagine?
After being rebuffed by the family, Geller shopped around for a place to erect a memorial and finally decided upon Israel. Writes Geller:
I approached the JNF and worked to plant the Aqsa Parvez Grove in American Independence Park in Jerusalem, Israel, where the plaque before the grove will read: “In Loving Memory of Aqsa Parvez and All Victims of Honor Killings Worldwide.
The irony of the location perfectly encapsulates the absurdity of the whole thing. The JNF, the Jewish National Fund, is a quasi-governmental organization in Israel that does not sell land to non-Jews, certainly not to Muslims. Indeed, the JNF has been at the forefront of stripping Muslims of any land rights in the state of Israel. Quite literally then, the “memorial” for Aqsa Parvez is built on land that she herself could never own. She could not own her own “memorial.”
But of course that was the point. The choice of Israel was intended to be especially inflammatory. With very good reason, no country earns the ire of Muslims more than Israel, which illegally occupies and oppresses its Muslim population. Choosing Israel as the site for this “memorial” is meant to give the Muslim world the middle finger. It would be like the KKK selecting apartheid-era South Africa as the site to erect a “memorial” to honor victims of black-on-black violence during the 1960’s. Nobody would take the KKK’s “memorial” seriously, and everyone would know that they don’t give two damns about the black victims. The point would be to vilify black people, not honor them. Likewise, the “memorial” for Muslim victims is not meant to honor them but vilify Muslims.
The idea of career anti-Muslim bigots creating a “memorial” for Muslim victims is truly a laughable notion and people should see through the thin fog of bigotry on display. This faux memorial is a sadistic propaganda attempt by Geller and Spencer to exploit the death of a young girl for their agenda to link a disgusting crime to Islam and Muslims.