Pamela Geller's War

Eleven years ago, Pamela Geller declared war on savages who were trying to take over the world. This November, she admits she lost.

Her readership grew slowly, helped by her willingness to blog about news the mainstream media wasn't covering. In 2008, she published cartoons of Muhammad from a Danish newspaper. Her readership increased tenfold, she says, because when the cartoons made international headlines, her blog was one of the only websites to run them.

It was also helped along because, a couple of times, she video-blogged while in a bikini.

Geller's activism didn't begin until 2007, when she teamed up with Spencer and others to attempt to close Khalil Gibran International Academy, a Brooklyn dual-language middle school that planned to teach Arabic. The coalition saw it as a front to indoctrinate preteens in Islam. They didn't close the school, but they were able to pressure the would-be school principal to resign. It was a small victory, but it was a victory nonetheless.

Geller, still largely unknown, was hungry for more. She saw evidence of "creeping sharia" everywhere. She was firmly a part of the war against what she called an Islamic "world takeover." The only problem is, if you believe you're in a war—an actual war—it's easier when there's a visible enemy to fight.

Then a brown guy whose parents had the lack of foresight to name him Barack Hussein Obama ran for president of the United States. Geller finally had her enemy.

"I never said that," she tells me sharply, leaning in and lowering her voice. "They say things about me that are patently untrue."

My coffee's gone, and hers is cold. We're talking now, of course, about the first time she won Worst Person in the World, when she published, but didn't herself write, an outlandish claim that Barack Obama was Malcolm X's love child.

"Did you ever say he had sex with a crack whore?"

"I never said that, either!"

In October 2008, when it was all but a lock that America would have its first African-American president, Geller took to Atlas Shrugs. "Conventional" birth certificate birtherism had already started a year before, but no one expected what came next. One of her readers, a conspiracy theorist named Rudy Schultz, had conjured a new claim that Malcolm X had impregnated Ann Dunham, a white woman.

She posted Schultz's ludicrous theory. To date, the post has received nearly 10,000 Facebook likes and drew a firestorm. The theory took off nationally, and because of that post, she was thrust into the public eye when Olbermann named her Worst Person in the World. Geller's celebrity and readership jumped again.

"So you kind of indirectly started birtherism even though you weren't the one peddling it," I say. "Kind of, right?"

Geller looks at me, smiles coyly, and nods.

It was her most successful jab at the president early on. She hated him, feared him. She'd dedicate the next four years to smearing him at every opportunity. She teamed up with Spencer to write a book, 2010's The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration's War on America, before the president was even inaugurated.

Geller looked at Obama and saw a man who loved America less than her, who had a Muslim name and held meetings with members of the Muslim Brotherhood, whom she saw as savages.

Obsessed, she blogged about the president nearly every day. At one point, she wrote on her blog: "One thing is for sure: Hussein [Obama] is a Muhammadan. He's not insane . . . he wants jihad to win. That's what he is doing. Of course, to the Western mind, the rational mind, the logical mind, the American mind, that is insane."

It made juicy reading. More people subscribed. Then her popularity got another boost when a massive, right-wing grassroots movement called the Tea Party started making national news.

It started as a modest group of people who wanted to cut the deficit, balance the budget, and lower taxes. But it was sexy, and it exploded. The left reported more on the uglier fringe groups, like the birthers. Later, America would hear about the Southern evangelicals, the voter IDers, the anti-immigrationers. The Tea Party grew into a sort-of big-tent party. Geller was one of the first converts.

"It was just organic. People got up and said: 'No. No way.' And it didn't have a leadership," Geller says. "I kinda liked that about the Tea Party. Because weak people need a strong leader. Strong people don't need a strong leader."

Geller got gigs blogging for other sites. Fox News loved her. Halfway through Obama's presidency, her blog was fielding 200,000 unique visitors a month. And then plans for the Cordoba House, an Islamic community center since renamed Park51, were announced. Geller seized her opportunity.

"I thought it was deeply humiliating, wildly offensive. I didn't say they couldn't build it," she says. "I appealed to them not to build it."

Top Republicans such as Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, John McCain, and Sarah Palin spoke out against the community center, which also had a mosque. Geller teamed with Spencer and other Southern Poverty Law Center–certified hate groups to denounce the $100 million project. She went as far as to say the "Ground Zero Mega-Mosque"—as she liked to call it—was a "victory mosque."

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Cassidy
Cassidy

The very idea of  modern Israel has always been creepy: we're Jews, we're just like everybody else -- except when it comes to everyone else's dirty heathen foods and customs -- but everyone hates us, so we need a place of our own, because something is clearly wrong with everybody else, we could never live among them since non-Jews are ready to murder Jews at any given moment....

Sounds like a friggin' cult to me!

fountain_penmj
fountain_penmj

@DebbiAlmontaser And she still comes off as deranged.

iamourhaj
iamourhaj

One correction: you write about the Khalil Gibran International Academy (public school) "They didn't close the school, but they were able to pressure the would-be school principal to resign. It was a small victory, but it was a victory nonetheless." My colleague Debbie Almontaser was told to resign by the Bloomberg Administration after she was manuevered into a phone interview with the NY Post which distorted what she answered about the intifada and conducted a sustained front page attack on her and her so called plans to create a Jihad factory in the public school system. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission vindicated Debbie in finding the Department of Education discriminated against her in its pressuring her to leave.

With such media and political partners, Geller is able to set in motion far reaching cycles of abuse and intolerance.

iamourhaj
iamourhaj

Besides being a colorful person, inspired by some cartoon version of Ayn Rand, Geller promotes hate and helps mobilize thousands of Americans to hate filled frenzy.Though the Right Wing nativist movement is international, and well funded, last week there were two violent hate crimes in Queens, directly aimed at Muslims, similar to gay bashing. There were also a rash of mosque burnings and vandalism across the nation before the election. What's next, burnng crosses on the lawn? If elected officials and media parrot the conflations and confabulations of folks like Geller and Spencer, and some of them do even in NYC, hate crimes (and blanket civil liberties restrictions) result-- hardly the America we should be fighting to protect.I note that both the NY Times and the Voice take the "personal profile" approach to reporting about Geller-- which tends to minimize her menace. The Voice's profile is spicier, however.

jmarks09
jmarks09

Geller does not represent Jews or Israel. She is a dangerous, paranoid hatemonger who should be watched closely by the FBI. They should take her threats against President Obama seriously. This is a dangerous woman. She is mentally unstable. And shame on you Greg Howard and the Village Voice for giving a voice to this bigot. She makes Israel and America less safe.

NURREDIN
NURREDIN

Doesn't this idiot know that Khalil Gibran was a Lebanese CHRISTIAN?

mrpoizun1
mrpoizun1

Wonder if it bothers her that all the people who follow her hate Jews just as much as they hate Muslims?

DarranS
DarranS

Why is paranoid schizophrenia the new norm?

R_Jerusalem
R_Jerusalem

“Israeli spy” is a loaded misnomer. He was one of 6 fellow Palestinians who was accused of collaborating with Israel and was publicly executed without trial in a brutal and humiliating way in order to make a point to Palestinians that there is no way but Hamas’ way. And this is Hamas’ way: Savage terror against all who are imagined to stand- or even think or speak- against them.

I am not a Pamela Geller fan. But she’s not crazy. Next time you’re in Jerusalem, look me up and come to visit. The rabid jihadism she is afraid of is mainstream where I live, in the Middle East. It saturates the consciousness of the people of every Islam-devoted state (and the non-state of Palestine) surrounding Israel.

You may think Israel “earned” this seething hatred because of something it did. That lets you separate what happens to Israel from what could ever happen in America. But no, friends. This insane and violent religiously inspired and perpetuated hatred has nothing to do with anything Israel did (except reclaim its historical homeland as declared by the UN, that is, exist) just as 9/11 had nothing to do with anything America did. It was because that free and glorious country (of my birth) exists. Ms. Geller is not crazy, but she will be treated like Cassandra, because America still doesn’t get it. Alas.

Rachel in Jerusalem

ls11559
ls11559

I'm amazed that you published this article plain and straight forward with no bias. Amazing for the Voice. Now we can come to our own conclusions as to what she represents. Come to our own conclusions? Is that heresy? 

Nunya
Nunya

Geller needs to move to Israel where they all collectively hate all things Islam.  I am sick and tired of this racism and psychopathy that waves the Zionism flag and feels justified to spew hate and incite war.

Budbear
Budbear

"New York Post admits Pamela Geller is right,"...

Now, there's a reputable endorsement.

CheapShit
CheapShit

Love to see Pam eating out Palin's nasty pussy. 

brendan.macwade
brendan.macwade topcommenter

The American Right Wing blogosphere helped create a Norwegian terrorist. Fact.

I'm torn as to how to judge young Mister Howard's piece. I know Geller would never meet with a well known investigative journalist. So I guess I'm happy she showed up to an interview? 

But then again, why has she been on my TV and Internets for ten years?

andrewsu
andrewsu

Pamela Geller is the Jewish female Al Sharpton.  I have no love for her but I support Jews having their Sharptons, Jacksons, Wrights, Farrakhans, Jeffries, Tony Martins, etc. Farrakhan speaks at the invite of black and Muslim groups all over this country, including UC Berkeley and Howard U.  Where are all the protestors?  Where is the backlash? Yet a Jewish person says 2 words about either group and freedom of speech comes to a halt.  Geller is like Gandi compared to Farrakhan.  Yet his hate literature is taught in black studies departments all over this country and promoted by the NAACP, Jermiah Wright, Tavis Smiley, etc.  If blacks and Muslims can dish it out they need to stop crying when they get a little taste of their own medicine.   Both groups are hateful to Asians, Jews, women and gays yet go bezerk over any slight what so ever.  I could just imagine the insanity that would insue if someone talked about either group with the same hatred both groups spew towards others freely. When people harrass Geller, Spencer, and Bachman while ignoring Farrakhan, Jermiah Wright, and Marion Barry it shows this has nothing to do with stopping racism but only about making sure a few select groups never have their feathers ruffled.

rmp2011
rmp2011

 Your jihadi "colleague" Almontaser was forced to resign because she approved the sale / distribution of shirts endorsing the murder of jewish women in children by the so called "intifada".


Screw her for trying to brainwash New York's children into supporting the extermination of the only Jewish state on the planet, just so that savages like you and Almontaser can turn "palestine" back into the muslim-trashed dunghill* it was before the modern Jewish state was reborn. (search for pictures on how the ottoman turks allowed the Dome of the rock to be overrun with weeds, the land became nearly infertile, and when the Jordanians controlled the Old City of Jerusalem after the '48 war, they turned the Jewish plaza in front of the Western Wall into an open air latrine, and dragged and destroyed Jewish tombstones from the Mount of Olives ; this was where Jews had worshipped for MILLENNIA before mohammed should have run down his father's leg...)

Ironically Israeli was reborn with the offer to share the land with arabs; unfortunately, your precious koranic sharia law FORBIDS the sharing of land with Jews... or Christians, or Buddhists, or Hindus, (thats why the muslims killed over 80 MILLION HIndus)...or even secular Americans here in America...

Which is why Geller is correct, islam IS NOT COMPATIBLE WITH AMERICA.

mdfine1
mdfine1

@jmarks09 She represents this Jew. She's an American who supports Israel. Me too. If that warrants FBI surveillance, they're gonna need a whole bunch more agents. By the way, re: that paranoid, dangerous, mentally unstable thing you really ought to explore the root cause of those feelings. Seriously, seek some help. 

rmp2011
rmp2011

Tell it to the idiots who were going to let  Almontaser teach jihad and intifada against Jewish and non-muslim American women and children in that school.

Larry
Larry

@NURREDIN There are way too many sand niggers,chinks and spics in America. These savages walk into shul asking for food. You can't walk around New York without seeing them on their bikes delivering food or driving a cab.

ChuckGlenn
ChuckGlenn

@mrpoizun1  

why would you say such a thing? That is the furthest thing from the truth. Israel is a shining light of democracy and decency and the only civilized country in the middle east. You as an American can go to Israel and will be completely welcome and made to feel at home. Try doing that in the non state of palestine.

mdavid9
mdavid9

@mrpoizun1 Instead of spouting crap, why don't you read her blog, you fool!

brendan.macwade
brendan.macwade topcommenter

@ralph4america That link seems like a parody to me. A memorial to the Irish famine is somehow linked to radical jihad and the Jesuits. As a relative of a Jesuit, one who would die for democracy and justice in the Caribbean and Central America, it is just plain silly.

zlitny
zlitny

@R_Jerusalem you stupid woman, america provoked that attack and israel is provoking the rockets. stay in Jerusalem you stupid woman

kalpal
kalpal

@Nunya Ignorance suits you rather well. I guess it feels warm and cuddly like a blanket.

kalpal
kalpal

@andrewsu If someone declines to hate who you love to hate it is obvious they are defective, right?

NURREDIN
NURREDIN

@Larry @NURREDIN  What does that idiotic post of yours have to do with the fact that Khalil Gibran was a Christian?

ChuckGlenn
ChuckGlenn

@Larry @NURREDIN  

It's very apparent that you are a lefty saying that to stir up s**it.  Obviously to make those of us who understand what Islam is up to look bad.  Not working.

rmp2011
rmp2011

@zlitny @R_Jerusalem You stupid jihadi analinguist, America did NOTHING to provoke 9/11, and Israel was getting hit by thousands of rockets from land THEY GAVE TO MUSLIMS.

You are a filthy lying piece of shit who should be dragged thru the streets like Hamas did to those poor souls.

rmp2011
rmp2011

@Nunya @R_Jerusalem R Jerusalem spoke the truth. The KORAN is the lie, and your marxist defense of it is  a disgrace. Marxists are MORONS, as they they think they can stand with the jihadis and then "work it out" at the end. The muslims will put your heads  on spikes and shit down your throats the day they are done with you.

Nunya
Nunya

To hell with Geller.  She is a racist warmongering ignorant plastic surgery contrived face for the hell wards that have spit on American values to promote their agenda or war and hatred .  If that's what attracts you, birds of a feather will flock together, but your tribe are the scales of a snake that will eternally writhe in the darkness instigating peoples of the world to hate each other the way you hate goyim.

Nunya
Nunya

@kalpal @Nunya  You're going to have to work harder to convince me you're human if you side with Geller.

Larry
Larry

שװאַרצע

Stevart
Stevart topcommenter

@Nunya @Stevart @R_Jerusalem I AM goyim stupid.  Does that make you an anti-Semite?  Re karma...my advice is to "ask not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee." In other words Instant Karma's gonna' get YOU!

Stevart
Stevart topcommenter

@Nunya @R_Jerusalem You'll soon be sick of terrorism in American also.  AND you won't be able to argue with limbs, digits, eyeballs etc. that decided to take a hike off your body.  Soon...then you'll know the threat we face and then you'll long for long lost world of US dominance. 

Nunya
Nunya

@R_Jerusalem @Nunya  Don't hold such a high opinion of yourself.  What I said is absolutely on point.  Keep your poison in Israel.  We are sick of it in America.

 
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