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Anti-Muslim Activists to Gather in Stockholm Tomorrow

By Leah Nelson on August 3, 2012 - 10:53 am, Posted in Anti-Muslim, Extremist Propaganda

Pamela Geller, American Islamophobia’s shrillest voice, is planning yet another demonstration of anti-Muslim hate – this time, in Europe.

According to her blog, Atlas Shrugs, “the world’s leading freedom action organizations” (read: anti-Muslim hate groups) will rally in Stockholm, Sweden, tomorrow to launch a “worldwide counter jihad alliance.”

The conference’s sponsors are a coalition of anti-Muslim organizations including Geller’s Stop Islamization of America (SIOA); Stop Islamization of Nations (SION), which is also led by Geller; a Denmark-based group called Stop Islamisation of Europe (SIOE) that was the inspiration for Geller’s efforts; and the English Defence League (EDL), a thuggish anti-Muslim street movement that Geller, who is Jewish, has embraced despite its alleged ties to open anti-Semites.

Speakers, according to Geller’s blog, will include some of Islamophobia’s most influential and vicious voices. In addition to herself, Geller lists Robert Spencer, a colleague and self-taught “expert” on Islam who is greatly admired by Anders Breivik, the Oslo terrorist who in July 2011 slaughtered 77 people he thought were enabling Muslim immigration into Norway; Steven Lennon and Kev Carrol of the EDL; Anders Gravers of SIOE; and a host of European and Australian Islamophobes whose names are less well-known in America. Noteworthy among them is Richard Abrahamsson (also known as Richard Abrams), a leader in the Swedish Defence League (SDL) who, according to Islamophobia Watch, has blogged about a plan to “reclaim the Swastika,” writing,If you want US to respect OTHER cultures, you must also respect OUR culture and its symbols.”

The Stockholm gathering comes in advance of a Sept. 11 event in New York City that, according to Geller, will be the “first session of the International Freedom Defense Congress” (which, according to Geller, is SION’s “action arm”). The meeting falls on the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 Al Qaeda attacks.

Demonstrating once again her exceptional talent for redefining words to suit her purposes, Geller on her blog describes the International Freedom Defense Congress – whose sole purpose is to crush a religion practiced in some form by nearly one in four human beings on the planet – is devoted to “forming a common defense of freedom and human rights.” Speakers at its Sept. 11 confab will include SION board member Cliff Kincaid, the anti-communist, anti-gay and anti-Muslim head of the amusingly misnamed Accuracy in Media; Wafa Sultan, who has suggested that “the West” may eventually need to use atomic bombs to “pressure” Islam to “change”; Babu Suseelan, a Hindu nationalist who believes that Marxists and jihadists are “in collusion” to “deconstruct [Hindu] society with apocalyptic ideas” and who has called on India’s Hindu population to “unite together and work towards the goal of Establishment of ‘Divine Hindu Kingdom’”; SIOE’s Anders Gravers; and a host of other anti-Muslim activists from across the globe.

  • danno

    Anyone in Stockholm who thinks that the presence of a Muslim community there is a good thing is delusional. A formerly peaceful city is increasingly wracked by crime, violence and hate. Swedes will someday regret ever having allowed them to gain a foothold.

  • aadila

    @ Evan

    I don’t think anyone here is going to treat you differently for being gay. Tolerance is part of the progressive worldview, and we’ll fight tooth and nail to defend you against bigotry. Of course you won’t win any prizes for being gay either. It’s an equality thing. In other words, you shouldn’t expect anyone to give special consideration to your views simply for being gay.

    Secondly, I would like to make some remarks about your comment on the “homophobic, misogynisitc, anti-semitic ideology” you attribute to Islam.

    First and foremost, Muslims by and large ARE semitic peoples. Semitic refers to the rough grouping of semitic language groups that formed long before Judaism and Islam. Anti-semitic tends to connote anti-Jewish sentiment in common speech but it literally means anti-middle eastern in general.

    Secondly, all Abrahamic religions are, broadly speaking, homophobic and misogynistic (including the Christian offshoot of Mormonism). It is especially apparent coming from a non-Abrahamic faith how many similarities there are. Of course, how the three main religions are practiced today differs greatly but if you refer to the scriptures you will find that there are plenty of homophobic and misogynistic views in each.

    Finally to single out Islam, as a global religion with millions of faithful, as a single overarching ideology is as much bigotry as claiming the Jews are responsible for some global conspiracy or whatever the flavor of the month is for neo-nazis. Just like Jews and Christians, there are moderates, liberals, and fundamentalists. Even buddhism has its fundamentalists.

    There are so many different colors and textures to the fabric of Islam, besides many other political and social factors that have to be considered if you want to really address the issues you mention in societies where Islam is present. In areas where Islam has radicalized, people have generally been on the losing side of globalization, and what you see today as radical Islam is really a form of disgust with the corruption and injustice present in those countries, turned outward.

    If you think of Islam as “one thing” you are really deceiving yourself. It is really unfortunate that groups such as yours giving so much effort to hate don’t even bother to understand what it is you are hating.

  • ModerateMike

    I had hoped that what happened in Norway last year would have disgraced people like Geller and Spencer into irrelevance. I cannot imagine how someone could be openly admired by a mass murderer, and yet still feel called to engage in the same hateful rants.

  • kara

    Have to add to the comment on anti-White. Whites are also known as caucasians–which refers to the people of the Caucasus region, many of whom were/are Muslim dating back to very early in Islam’s history. Many White Supremacists might find that troubling. LOL

    It’s been very disturbing to read articles and comments on the Sikh temple shooting that seem to imply that it would have been O.K. had it been a mosque and the victims were Muslims. Reality is that vast majority of victims of “Islamic” terrorists are their fellow Muslims–and they know darn well that it has nothing to do with religion. It’s a tragedy regardless–and people like Michelle Bachmann, Fox News, Pamela Geller, and Robert Spencer who stir up irrational hatred and fear of Muslims have a share of guilt in this shooting as they do in the Norway one.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    “By the way, Islam isn’t a religion, but rather a fascist ideology, one so greatly admired by Hitler that he invited the Grand MNUYfti of Jerusalem to come and be his personnal; house guest.”

    Islam is by definition, a religion. It wasn’t Hitler who admired Islam, but Himmler, and the relationship with the Mufti was soley a matter of geo-politics and colonial competition between two empires, British and German. At one time the British were involved in supporting the Arab movement for their own ends. Ever hear of Lawrence of Arabia(I mean the guy, and the Arab revolt, not the film, which sucked in my opinion)?

    The Nazis gave refuge to other religious figures, from Russia, Serbia, and so on. Another figure equal in importance was Indian independence leader Subhas Chandra Bose. Strange, I don’t see you likening Hindu nationalists to Nazis for some reason. It is also worth noting that the Catholic church never excommunicated Hitler even though there was more than enough evidence to do so.

    @Philip

    “It was interesting to note the violent, criminal behavior of the anti-White activists.”

    I think you are confused. Those people aren’t “anti-White.”

  • CM

    Thank you, Evan and Philip, for your demonstrations of the dishonesty and irrationality of racism. But it’s really not necessary for you to keep repeating this lesson.

  • Reynardine

    At this point, the massacre at the Sikh temple is broadcast news.

    Owing to quaint little illustrations in Arabian Nights editions for children, many bigots mistake Sikh men for Mooslins. I don’t doubt for one minute that’s who the shooter thought he was targeting. As for the Aurora butcher, the verdict is not yet in; we know the Tucson murderer was stalking Gabby Giffords after crosshairs had been depicted on her. What is clear is that the more that bigots shrill like bursting teakettles in the background, the more massacres take place, and malign influences are no longer confined to national borders. Anders Breivik was most inspired by Mr. Spencer and Ms. Geller.

    What does stop at the border is the First Amendment. In the United States, the barring of group libel can occur only under Beauharnais circumstances, and it is a hard showing to make. In many of the states of Northern and Middle Europe it’s another matter. They have laws against hate speech, and they enforce them. I hope Ms Geller likes it cool.

  • Philip

    It was interesting to note the violent, criminal behavior of the anti-White activists. They attacked the police and a bunch of them were thankfully arrested before they could harm others. The forces of ‘tolerance’ and ‘diversity’ sure resort to violence and intolerance quickly when people speak out against their bizarre ideology of repopulating Sweden with non-Swedes and the West in general with non-Westerners.

  • daemonesslisa

    A Jewish woman in an organization with ties to neo-nazis and other anti-semites.

    Stockholm—syndrome—indeed.

  • Evan

    I’m gay and I support what Geller is doing.

    And yhere may be some unhealthy elements in the EDL, but they’re nothing compared to the Islamists the EDL is attempting to keep in check.

    By the way, Islam isn’t a religion, but rather a fascist ideology, one so greatly admired by Hitler that he invited the Grand MNUYfti of Jerusalem to come and be his personnal; house guest.

    That Geller, a Jew and a women, would fight this homophobic, misogynisitc, anti-semitic ideology is quite admirable.

    That it displeases the SPLC can only be seen as reassuring.

    If left-wingers in Sweden turned out to protest Geller, it is only because Sweden is so chock full of anti-semites

  • Sam Molloy

    I doubt if atomic bombs could dissuade a fourth of the people in the world to change their religion. A further definition of free speech prompted by the recent Chick Fil A wars could help against Jihad though. Here’s an idea. If I say I believe something, that’s free speech. If I say you must believe it too, that’s just plain nuts.

  • Gregory

    Actually, I am a bit surprised that Geller will be allowed to travel to these countries. Remember that Michael Savage was famously denied entry to the UK. From Wikipedia:

    “On May 5, 2009, it was announced by then-Home Secretary Jacqui Smith that Savage was on a list of individuals banned from entering the United Kingdom as he is “considered to be engaging in unacceptable behaviour by seeking to provoke others to serious criminal acts and fostering hatred which might lead to inter-community violence”.[86][87][88] The list also includes Erich Gliebe, Fred Phelps, Mike Guzovsky and Abdul Alim Musa.[89] During his radio broadcast on that same day, Savage declared that he would sue Smith personally for defamation, calling her a “lunatic”.[90]”

    “On July 12, 2010 the new Coalition government, of which the Conservative Party’s David Cameron is Prime Minister, announced that it will continue to ban Savage from entering the UK.[95][96]“.

  • Nancy Lyn Cotter

    A sad day when people distort facts and meaningful words to suit their private agendas. We can only hope that people see through this blatant abuse of the word “Freedom.”

  • http://Twitter.com/AronL Aron

    Well put, Rey :)

  • Reynardine

    When I first saw the acronym SIOA, I thought it was an organization devoted to the propagation of that useful little legume, Glycine max. What they’re propagating and cultivating is actually more like Astragalus: swallow it, and you’re done. They could benefit from large doses of Beano, however.