For a woman often labelled an “ignorant hatemonger,” Pamela Geller is surprisingly compassionate and intellectual. Her latest book, FATWA: Hunted in America, has been the source of substantial backlash from liberals, the media and, of course, many in the Muslim community.
The book, which is available on Amazon, recounts Geller’s journey from a renowned author and blogger to a social pariah, who has survived multiple assassination attempts and countless public smears by everyone from the UK government to ISIS and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Throughout her imperiled adventures, Geller campaigned tenaciously to preserve Free Speech and thwart her enemies’ attempts at silencing her.
The story of her fall from public grace begins with an event she organized in response to the brutal massacre of the Charlie Hebdo staff in 2015, following their depiction of the prophet Mohammed. Geller’s response to the intimidation of Muslim extremism was to hold a public drawing contest, featuring cartoons of Mohammed, in Garland, Texas. The “Draw Muhammad” contest drew heavy criticism from both sides of the political aisle, as well as death threats. Here’s the winning entry from the contest.
Her war on censorship continued long after, involving a storm of litany and litigation to defend her right to call Islam what it is: a religion of oppression. She did so while fighting bigotry and the subversion of American values, even when other Conservatives told her she needed to back down from the fight.
Yet, throughout the book, I find no evidence whatsoever that Geller hates Arabs or Muslims, contrary to the narrative of her detractors. She repeatedly condemns “all forms of extremism,” and violence, whether from jihadists like the men who tried to murder her, or far right extremists using violence against Jews and people of color.
Regardless of your political leanings, Geller’s are obviously to the right, I suggest you read FATWA, if only to bear witness to the dangers that await those who take Free Speech for granted.