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L.I. Synagogue Cancels Controversial Pamela Geller Speech

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Pamela Geller an anti-Islam demonstration in Stockholm, on August 4, 2012. (Credit: FREDRIK PERSSON/AFP/GettyImages)

Pamela Geller an anti-Islam demonstration in Stockholm, on August 4, 2012. (Credit: FREDRIK PERSSON/AFP/GettyImages)

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.”

Do you think Geller should have been able to speak at the synagogue? Leave your comments below…

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9 Comments »

  1. No, She shouldn’t have been allowed. She is making money by creating all this hatred. She grows by planting hate seeds around her. People like her are simply sad losers!

  2. This woman is full of hatred and ignorance. She has nothing to say that is not full of stereotyping and inaccuracy. Silence her, please.

  3. Yeah a sad day indeed for those who love the freedom to slander and demonize Muslims. A sad day for those, who exercise their freedom of speech to curb Muslim’s freedom of religion, in the US, and the world. Now Ms Pamhella Yeller you have the right to remain silent. Enjoy! ;)
    Oh and thank you to the Great Neck synagogue for setting an example to your co-religionists.

  4. This issue has noting to do with free speech. She is free to disseminate her hate-speech, but that doesn’t give her the right to do so in any organization she so chooses. She is trying to play the victim to further her extremist agenda. The Synagogue has the right to decide who can an can’t speak in there synagogue. If the Anti-Defamation League accuses her of consistently vilifying Muslims, then there’s a pretty good case that she is an extremist. So she should move on and find another venue to spew her hatred.

  5. This has nothing to do with freedom of speech. The first amendment only applies to government’s control over content. The government is not involved in this issue – a private synagogue is. No one is arguing they do not have the right to give a platform for someone to speak. Everyone agrees they have that right. But they also have a right to deny their property to someone’s message. Again, none of their activities fall under first amendment protection. She does not have the right to speak wherever she wants. Good that the leaders of this synagogue had the good sense to cancel this ‘beacon of hatred’ from spewing her hate from their property.

  6. Anyone that foments hatred among any group of people should never be given a public platform! What has hatred ever gotten us in this world?

  7. Why would anyone have Geller speak about that which she knows nothing. It is beyond reason that the “mens club” would have her speak on any subject. What were THEY thinking? Why is it that when people whose only message is irrational hatered have invitations recinded it becomes denile of freedom of speach. What has happened to the right not have to listen to the ignorant, the bigoted, and those whose world view is so small that they cannot see the beauty of the sky?

  8. What difference would it have made if Pamela Geller had spoken at the Synagogue ? She would have been preaching to the converted !

  9. If would seem odd for a non-Muslim to speak about something they know little to nothing about. It would be like asking a dentist about your heart problems. He knows nothing to speak on the issue.

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