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Islamophobe Pamela Geller Tells O’Reilly “I Love Muslims”

Reported by Ellen - August 5, 2010 -

The laugh line of the evening last night (8/4/10) was Islamophobe Pamela Geller’s statement on The O’Reilly Factor that she loves Muslims. She insisted, despite all evidence to the contrary, that her objection to the Islamic cultural center near New York City’s 9/11 Ground Zero is not because she’s anti-Muslim but because she’s certain that the motivation for building it is to commemorate a Muslim “victory.” Not that she had any proof that that was the case. Even Bill O’Reilly, who is against the building, was openly skeptical of her claim.

Priscilla has an excellent breakdown of Geller’s anti-Islamic history. In fact, Geller began her interview by asking to explain why her website had displayed an image of Mohammed with urine on his head. Her “explanation” was that she had taken part in a “Draw Mohammed Day” to show solidarity with those who were targeted for depicting Mohammed. Apparently, the urine on the head was just part of her idea of celebrating free speech.

“I love Muslims… I have no problem with mosques across the city,” Geller said, as if having “no problem with mosques” was some kind of show of affection. Some other examples of Geller’s attitude toward Muslims include, as Priscilla noted, an attempt to prevent Rifqa Bary, who converted to Christianity from Islam, from being reunited with her parents and, as Media Matters posted, such hate-filled blog postings as, "Obama is a third worlder and a coward. He will do nothing but beat up on our friends to appease his Islamic overlords” and saying on Fox & Friends that he's “giving seminars in sharia finance.” Unfortunately, O’Reilly did not confront Geller nor reveal to the “we report, you decide” network’s audience just how extensive her anti-Muslim record is.

Geller went on to argue that the purpose of the Islamic center was to celebrate conquered land. “We’re talking about history, an Islamic history, of building triumphal mosques on the cherished sites of conquered lands." She continued by saying that her accusations are nothing more than "pointing out the dishonesty and the subversion... not bigotry or racism." She added, "It’s a way of shutting people up (to accuse them of racism).”

Except that the planned building is a cultural center, not a mosque. The building plans include a mosque, a performance art center, gym, swimming pool and other public spaces. O’Reilly did not clarify that for the audience, either.

However, O’Reilly did display a healthy dose of skepticism. “You’re… saying that the reason the Muslim community wants the World Trade Center mosque is to celebrate their victory there… So you think (the plan to build the center) is generated, then, by Muslim extremists, by jihadists, by people who want a caliphate… Do you have any proof of that?”

No, she didn’t. Geller responded, “We know that the imam has been dishonest,” as if that were evidence of any and all malevolence and malfeasance.

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