The notorious banned speech
Here is a useful summation of why it was so short-sighted, self-defeating, and cowardly for the Los Angeles Jewish Federation to submit to Islamic supremacist threats and cancel Pamela Geller's June 24 address there. A good news story and background links here.
"Los Angeles Jewish Federation Enforces Shariah Law," by Laura Rubenfeld at Breitbart, July 8 (thanks to Lou):
On the morning of June 24th, author, blogger, speaker, executive director, and co-founder with Robert Spencer of Stop the Islamization of America (SIOA), Pamela Geller was denied her First Amendment Constitutional right of freedom of speech by The Jewish Federation of Los Angeles – just hours before she was scheduled to speak at an event organized by the Zionist Organization of America – West (ZOA). The Jewish Federation cited security concerns as reason for the virtually last minute cancellation.
The Jewish Federation caved in to a so called “interfaith coalition,” including Islamist and radical leftist Israel- bashing groups: Council on American-Islamic Relations – Greater Los Angeles, (CAIR-LA), Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace (ICUJP), Islamic Circle of North America - Southern California (ICNA), Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, Jewish Voice for Peace - Los Angeles (JVP-L.A.), L.A. Jews for Peace, Muslim American Society - Greater Los Angeles (MAS-LA), Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), Muslim Ummah of North America, Southern California (MUNA), and Progressive Christians Uniting (PCU).
The night before Geller was scheduled to speak, CAIR and MPAC sent out simultaneous nationwide emails from this interfaith coalition stating the following:
We are extremely shocked and alarmed to see a mainstream Jewish organization associating itself with one of the nation's leading Islamophobes…Religious leaders and institutions have an increased and urgent responsibility to promote tolerance and mutual understanding among all Americans, instead of giving aid and comfort to fear-mongers like Geller.
On Sunday morning, the very morning of the event, after promising ZOA the use of a meeting room for the purpose of Pamela Geller’s presentation – after permitting ZOA to sell tickets – The Jewish Federation of Los Angeles retracted permission for the use of the room.
The Jewish Federation permitted itself to be used as an enforcer of Islamic Shari’ah Law. Under Shari’ah law, slander forbids the mere criticism of Islam. In Reliance of the Traveller: A Classical Manual of Islamic Sacred Law, slander is defined as follows:
Slander (ghiba) means to mention anything concerning a person that he would dislike, whether about his body, religion, everyday life, self, disposition, property, son, father, wife, servant, turban, garment, gait, movements, smiling, dissoluteness, frowning, cheerfulness, or anything else connected with him.
Note that this statement is diametrically opposed to the U.S. definition of slander. In Shari’ah Law, a statement is considered slander if it is critical of Islam, regardless of whether it is true or false. Under U.S. law only false statements are considered slander. From Black’s Law Dictionary:
Slander, n: 1. A defamatory statement…
Defamation. 1) The act of harming the reputation of another by making a false statement to a third person. If the alleged defamation involves a matter if public concern, the plaintiff is constitutionally required to prove both the statement’s falsity and the defendants fault. 2) A false written or oral statement that damages another’s reputation.
This is not a secret. Islamists state it openly. From the site, IslamHelpline:
One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:
Dear Brother Assalaamualaikum
I would like guidance on how I should view the Hadith quoted as under_
Sunan Abu-Dawud Book 38, Number 4349
Narrated Ali ibn AbuTalib: A Jewess used to abuse the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) and disparage him. A man strangled her till she died. The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) declared that no recompense was payable for her blood.
I am sure it can be explained in and with proper context.
Please help me.
Jazak Allah Khairan.
Kill one who abuses reviles Prophet (saws)