The American Freedom Defense Initiative, headed by Pamela Gellar, has caught a lot of heat recently for putting up anti-Islamic ads on DC metro buses. The ads tell of intrinsic Islamic hate of Israel, showing Hitler sitting with Haj Amin al Husseini, who was once the grand mufti of Jerusalem.
Of course it’s not that hard to find pictures of Hitler amongst world leaders, both political and religious. A quick look through historical archives shows that not only did Hitler meet with the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Cesare Orsenigo, but also a number of Roman Catholic Cardinals (maybe we should put that on a bus apropos of nothing at all).
Other famous meet and greets? Former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, Former British Prime Minister David Llloyd George, various leaders from Romania, and Bulgaria, to name a few.
Hitler was, let’s not forget, the leader of Germany. Just because he ended up being a monstrous human being does not mean he wasn’t afforded the practicalities of that role.
But what about the question that the Qur’an is innately anti-Semitic? Well let’s take a closer look at this. In the Qur’an, a total of 60 passages speak to, or regard the Jewish population. Within these passages they are almost always referred to as Children of Israel or People of the Book (which describes both Christians and Jews). Not only does the Qur’an revere the Torah “We sent down the Torah, in which there is guidance and light, by which the prophets who submitted judged the Jews, as did the rabbis and the priests, according to what they were required to observe of God’s Book, and thereunto were they witnesses. So do not fear people, but fear me, and do not sell my signs for minor gain. Whoever does not judge by what God has sent down are disbelievers. (Qur’an 5:44))
But also they speak of the Jewish community as children of God. “Surely those who believe, those who are Jews, the Sabians, and the Christians, whoever believes in God and the last day and does good, has nothing to fear nor will they grieve. (Qur’an 5:69)
The ads are as misinformed as they are ridiculous. When asked how she funded them, Pamela Gellar responded, “Public contributions from a large number of patriots who wanted to see the truth being told.” She further went on to explain that the greatest threat to civil liberties was, “The encroachments on the freedom of speech that limit our ability to speak unpopular truths.”
This would probably explain why she’s been waging a legal war to have her signs put up across the nation. Good old fashioned telling of unpopular truths. So let’s explore what’s going on.
At the AFDI website, which contains a striking number of rambling posts filled with unsubstantiated accusations, the organization spells out their objectives. Which, summarized, go something like this:
They want to spread the word on the threat of Jihad, get ‘things’ done and put Islamic supremacist groups on the defensive.
I will take this moment to point out that the term ‘Islamic supremacist groups’ are neither used by the US Government nor the Associated Press, rather this term only exists within right wing blogs. For comparison, the term ‘white or right-wing supremacist’ is widely recognized, and as actual experts on terrorism have pointed out, makes up the largest growing threat to our nation’s stability.
However, despite being neither organized nor coherent, the website has garnered a particular amount of money. So much so that the AFDI has been able to bring lawsuits against any city that refuses to run their ads. After a lawsuit was successfully won by the AFDI in New York City, a number of cities including Washington DC and Chicago agreed to run their ads.
Detroit and Seattle are also being sued by the AFDI with litigation still underway.
Gellar makes a distinction that she’s not against Islam in general. The vast majority of ¼ of the Earth’s population is fine with her. But it’s the jihadists that she fights. She has stated that no Muslim who is innocent ought to be deterred by the signs, as they are not talking about them.
Still, it’s hard to believe that an ad equating Islam and Qur’anic thought with Nazism is purely aimed at extremists. So let’s just call this what it really is:
It’s Goodwin’s Law on a 15 foot placard.
Although often applied to online arguments, Goodwin’s Law essentially states that if any debate goes on for long enough eventually someone will bring up a comparison to Hitler. Once that comparison is asserted, whoever brought it up has officially lost, and the debate is considered closed.
Pamela Gellar has Goodwin Lawed herself. So it might be time that we call a spade a spade, and much like Coulter, ensure our lack of reaction turns her into little more than a struggling bigot, grasping at cultural relevancy.