It has been great to see my friend Pamela Geller from Atlas Shrugs starting to gain more national prominence. She’s a got a new book out, The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America, she’s been the point person on the Ground Zero Mosque right from the get-go, and she’s even made enough of a splash to merit a New York Times hit piece.
If you’re wondering what Pamela is like in private, she’s exactly like she is in public. She’s extremely passionate about what she believes, she’s genuinely concerned about the world her daughters are going to grow up in, and she’s perfectly willing to be vilified, smeared, and demonized to prevent the spread of radical Islam in the United States. Pamela isn’t perfect (no one is), but I can tell you that she’s a decent person, her heart is in the right place, and she knows what she’s talking about. This would be a better country if a lot more people were paying attention to what she’s saying.
What follows is the slightly edited transcript of the conversation that I had with Pamela earlier this week. Enjoy!
Pamela, question number one. I give the credit to you more than to any other person for helping to focus attention on the Ground Zero mosque story. Now we hear the case for the mosque incessantly in the news. Give us the short version, in 30 to 60 seconds, for why you think people should oppose the mosque.
I think people should oppose the mosque because it is grossly insensitive, deeply offensive and deliberately provocative. To build a 15 story mega mosque in a building that was destroyed in the attacks by a piece of the plane — the landing gear that crashed through the building….
We know that it is an Islamic pattern to build triumphal mosques on the cherished sites of conquered lands. And even though the Japanese could build a Shinto shrine at Pearl Harbor, they never asked because it would be a deeply offensive and insensitive thing to do.
We’re constantly being counseled about this hypersensitivity in the Muslim world. People are killed, slaughtered, embassies are burned — but, don’t run the Danish cartoons. Don’t run that little “Where’s Muhammad?” cartoon. This is just this past week. Do not show disdain for Islam. Do not insult Islam. But here you have 70 percent of the American people asking, pleading to the humanity of Rauf and Daisy Kahn and it is callously dismissed, which I find radically intolerant.
Let’s say a Muslim came up to you and said, “Pamela I’m against terrorism. I don’t want Sharia in this country. I don’t want to see Israel destroyed. I consider myself to be a moderate. But, I keep hearing people in the news claim you hate people like me. So I want to hear it straight from you. Is that true?” What would you tell that person?