According to the Center for American Progress' Report, "Fear Incorporated," there is an "Islamophobia Network" dedicated to fomenting fear of Islam and Muslims. The report cites Fox News as an "echo chamber" for this Islamophobia in that many of its guests promote anti-Islamic talking points, especially the baseless notion that the US is being taken over by Sharia law. Chief among these purveyors of paranoia is Pam Geller who was a prime mover in the Fox enabled protest against the so called "Ground Zero Mosque." She was closely involved with a child custody battle, closely covered on Fox, involving a Muslim teen. The group that she founded, "Stop Islamization of America," has been labeled a hate group by the SPLC for its defamation of Muslims. She has occasionally appears on Fox where she promotes her vile and bizarre views about "creeping Sharia." So on Friday, BEFORE THE COFFINS OF THOSE KILLED IN LIBYA HAD ARRIVED AT DOVER, Geller was back on Fox where her toxic views were warmly received.
Friday morning, Patti Ann Browne, who recently promoted the zombie lie that the HHS mandate includes abortion drugs, introduced Geller as a "blogger, author, and executive director for Stop the Islamization of America." Obviously, no mention was made of Geller's group's hate group designation. Browne then read President Obama's quote about not considering Egypt either as an ally or enemy. Browne asked Geller, who is not a foreign policy expert but an anti-Islamic hate mongerer, about how the relationship between Egypt and theUS has changed. After saying that Egypt, when ruled by Mubarek, was a key ally, Geller was off and running into the happy land of anti-Obama agitprop.
She noted that Obama had invited the Muslim Brotherhood to hear his Cairo speech which was "shocking" because the group had been banned "for decades." FACT CHECK - at the time of the speech, the Muslim Brotherhood was not on the State Department's official list of foreign terrorist groups and held a number of seats, as an opposition group, in the Egyptian parliament. Geller claimed that this was the beginning of Obama's "sanction and empowering of the Muslim brotherhood" and "they could never have taken over with Obama's tacit approval." She said that she and her colleagues (rabid, wingnut, Islam haters) were correct in their prediction that the Brotherhood would take over Egypt.
Browne noted that "to be clear," the president of Egypt is an Islamist and member of the Brotherhood and that raises questions about the un-democratic outcome of the "Arab Spring." Geller said that the only "real freedom revolution" in the Middle East was the Iranian uprising in 2009. To the question of whether the US should continue aid to Egypt, Geller said "of course not. She then lived up to her reputation, as described in "Fear Incorporated"
"Obama is sanctioning the blasphemy laws under the Sharia, Islamic law you cannot insult or offend Islam. Obama is submitting the United States to that and I think that's a very dangerous trend."
WTF??!!! But Browne thanked her and the interview ended which was convenient because the Fox audience was left with the absolutely insane and unrebutted claim that our president supports Muslim law. But as it dovetailed nicely with the Obama as secret Muslim meme, so beloved in the rabidly Islamophobic right that Fox does seem to cater to, it was all good. Rather than being challenged on this hateful and irrational belief, Geller got a thank you. I suspect that if a liberal had made these kinds of comments, during a time of national crisis and mourning, Fox would be questioning their patriotism. Instead, Geller gets a free platform to spew, as the ADL has charged, her "vitriolic rhetoric." Fox News is "America's Newsroom?" As if!
And BTW, if under Obama's supposedly sanctioned Sharia laws, "you cannot insult or offend Islam," why aren't you and Roger Ailes in jail? Just saying...
The Muslim Brotherhood won the elections mainly because they’d focused on social work during the lengthy period of Mubarak’s ban on political activity. For over 20 years, they ran free/cheap health clinics, opened schools that gave kids modern skills, fostered solidarity systems (distributions of food and clothing to the needy, accommodation, etc.).
They’d done such a fine job that a hefty share of the poor in Egypt (who are the majority) voted for them. The youngsters who’d invested so much in the Arab Spring were deeply disappointed (disgruntled according to the WSJ report in Cairo) but an awful lot of voters remembered who had helped them
when they needed help.
Finally, even Gerardo Rivera thinks (F&F 14 Sept) that the Muslim Brotherhood had definitively abandoned the jihad and had become a moderate force for equality and justice.
Haters like Pam Geller are no better than the taliban (equally as ignorant and equally undemocratic) and I do sincerely hope that their brand of hatred will be rejected by voters in the USA.