Great Neck Modern Orthodox Synagogue has reluctantly canceled an upcoming speech by Pamela Geller. The cancellation of the event was done in a manner that was apparently designed to 1.) end the flood of growing criticism for hosting a hate group leader and 2.) make it appear as if they were “forced” into canceling the event due to surreptitious “security concerns.” All of this without the clear and unambiguous condemnations that the interfaith community, led by Jewish religious leaders made of Geller. Indeed, Great Neck’s executive board still views Geller as an “important voice.”
Geller will now predictably rail about “Jewish kapos” and “Islamonazis” stifling “free speech” through intimidation, leading to “security concerns.” (This is from the same woman who just this year called for banning AlJazeera English in the USA). Not to worry she already has invitations to speak at Great Neck Chabad and a Synagogue in Edison, NJ:
Controversial activist Pamela Geller has agreed to speak at an Edison, NJ, congregation on Sunday night after the Great Neck Synagogue reluctantly cancelled her forum on radical Islam and what she calls the imposition of Sharia law in the U.S.
“Rabbi Dr. Bernhard H. Rosenberg of Congregation Beth-El extended the invitation to me personally this morning, and I commend him for it,” Geller told The Jewish Week Thursday. “The cancellation by the Great Neck Synagogue was particularly cowardly, as it sends the message that if leftists and Muslims defame those they hate loudly enough and for a long enough time, they will succeed in getting them silenced.”
GREAT NECK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Long Island synagogue has canceled a controversial speech by conservative firebrand Pamela Geller.
Geller was set to speak Sunday at the Great Neck Synagogue. She had been invited by the men’s club at the synagogue to give a speech on Sharia, the religious and moral code of Islam.
She has gained notoriety for her anti-Islam messages, notably including several series of ads that have appeared in the New York City subway and Metro North transit systems.
One round of ads read, “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat jihad.” Another features the twin towers of the World Trade Center burning on Sept. 11, 2001, and a quote attributed to the Quran saying: “Soon shall we cast terror into the hearts of the unbelievers.”
Geller was also the force against the Ground Zero mosque, which she called a “victory mosque” marking the site of the 9/11 attacks.
Geller’s most recent group, “Stop Islamization of America,” has been dubbed a hate group by both the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The Anti-Defamation League accused the group of “consistently vilifying the Islamic faith.” The SPLC called Geller “the anti-Muslim movement’s most visible and flamboyant figurehead,” and claimed she has “mingled comfortably with European racists and fascists, spoken favorably of South African racists, defended Serbian war criminal Radovan Karadzic and denied the existence of Serbian concentration camps.”
But she has presented herself as a victim of censorship.
“Whatever your position is, this is free speech, and this is a war on free speech, and the few that speak to these issues are demonized, marginalized, and rendered radioactive,” Geller told CBS 2 Tuesday.
On Wednesday, Geller said the cancellation is “a sad day for freedom-loving people.”