I’ve heard her speak. Pamela Geller has rightly earned the sobriquet of “Islamaphobe” as she has railed in voice and word about “creeping Sharia” and “political Islam” in the US. There was standing room only for her talk when I first heard her.
And there have been standing room only crowds for her presentations in the past at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held each year, usually in Washington, DC. But not this year. And she thinks she knows why:
I won’t be at CPAC this year. I applied to speak and was ignored. I tried to get a room for my AFDI (American Freedom Defense Initiative) event, ‘The War on Free Speech,’ and was ignored. So, for the first time in five years, I won’t be at CPAC…
Every AFDI event at CPAC was standing room only. We turned people away every year.
In the past she has featured Geert Wilders, the head of a major political party in The Netherlands and an outspoken critic of Islam. She hosted “Jihad: The Political Third Rail” which brought in a number of speakers which included Allen West, Wafa Sultan, Simon Deng, and Anders Gravers.
These issues apparently rankle some of the powers-that-be behind CPAC, including Grover Norquist. Says Geller:
According to World News Daily:
Norquist is the well-known president of Americans for Tax Reform, who became an outspoken Republican opponent of politicizing the Ground Zero mosque issue, calling it a “distraction.” Though he has called himself as a “boring white bread Methodist,” he is married to a Muslim woman.
There’s more to Norquist than is shown on his Wikipedia entry, much more. There are certain topics that are now off-limits for CPAC, and Geller’s Islamophobia is one of them.
Instead CPAC this year will provide more “boring white bread” with speakers like Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney and Rick Perry featured instead of Geller.