Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, co-founders of Stop Islamization of America (SIOA), had planned to attend a rally being organized by the anti-Muslim extremist group English Defence League (EDL) on Saturday in Woolwich, where British soldier Lee Rigby was brutally murdered last month by two men who said they were avenging the killings of Muslims by the British military.
British authorities confirmed to Agence France-Presse, the French news agency, that “Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer are subject to an exclusion decision.”
On her website, Geller posted a June 25 letter from the Home Office of the United Kingdom informing her that she is no longer welcome in the UK. “The Home Secretary has reached this decision because you have brought yourself within the scope of the list of unacceptable behaviours by making statements that may foster hatred which might lead to inter-community violence in the UK,” the letter says.
The letter notes that Geller founded SIOA, “an organization described as an anti-Muslim hate group.” (The SPLC, publisher of this blog, has listed SIOA as a hate group since 2010.) The letter also cites two of Geller’s statements:
“Al Qaeda is a manifestation of devout Islam … it is Islam.”
“If the Jew dies, the Muslims will die as well; their survival depends on their constant jihad, because without it they will lose the meaning and purpose of their existence.”
According to the letter, foreigners may be banned for expressing views that foment or justify terrorist violence in furtherance of particular beliefs; seek to provoke others to terrorist acts; foment other serious criminal activity or seek to provoke others to serious criminal acts; or foster hatred which might lead to inter-community violence in the UK.
In his manifesto, the Norwegian anti-Muslim terrorist Anders Breivik, who slaughtered 77 of his countrymen in July 2011, drew inspiration from Spencer’s work, citing him dozens of times. “About Islam I recommend essentially everything written by Robert Spencer,” Breivik wrote.
EDL leader Tommy Robinson (aka Stephen Yaxley-Lennon) described the decision by Britain’s home secretary as “embarrassing” and insisted the duo were coming to Britain to lay flowers at the site of the soldier’s murder.
Spencer, author of the blog, Jihad Watch, said the “British government is behaving like a de facto Islamic state. The nation that gave the world the Magna Carta is dead.”
Being banned in Britain should not be a shock to the pair, especially after Robinson illegally entered the U.S. in January to speak at an SIOA event. Robinson was detained by authorities for trying to enter the country with a fake passport in the name of Andrew McMaster. Somehow, the Brit eluded authorities and made his way to Manhattan where the event was being held. After returning to England the next day with a passport in yet another name, Paul Harris, he was arrested and eventually spent 10 months in prison for trying to illegally enter the U.S. This was the second time Robinson was denied entry to the U.S. He was turned back in June 2011 because of his EDL ties.
The Muslims of America demands retractions and a gag order against further defamation. It also wants sales of the book “Twilight in America” enjoined.
The book was published in October 2012.
“Defendants repeatedly refer to plaintiff as a terrorist organization engaging in terrorist acts and running terrorist training camps in the United States,” the complaint states. “Defendants bolster their claims through the use of intentionally misleading documents and sources in order to deceive and mislead the public about plaintiff. … In committing the acts herein alleged, the defendants acted willfully with malice in conscious disregard of the plaintiff’s rights and with intent to cause injury to plaintiff.”
Mawyer, who founded the nonprofit Christian Action Network in 1990, once worked as editor-in-chief of the Moral Majority Report, published by the evangelical fundamentalist Rev. Jerry Falwell, according to CAN’s website.
Based in Lynchburg, Va., CAN describes itself as a public advocacy and education organization “based on biblical principles, values, traditions and American ideals.” The website says it uses documentaries, radio and TV interviews, books and alliances with other organizations “to impact change.”
The lawsuit claims that Mawyer has appeared on the Fox News shows “The O’Reilly Factor” and “Hannity” as well “Entertainment Tonight” and NBC’s “Today” show, where “he continues spreading various sensational, erroneous theories and presents them as fact.”
The group claims that Mawyer and CAN have spent the past decade “waging excessive divisive and intolerable attacks against the plaintiff.”
The Muslims of America was organized in the mid-1980s around congregations that sought to escape big-city problems in the countryside, according to the complaint.
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Just as there was a certain segment of the intelligentsia which claimed after 9/11 that the U.S. “had it coming,” so too there will no doubt be some who claim that the Jews somehow had it coming because the Toulouse gunman, Mohammed Merah, cited the plight of the Palestinians along with other issues (e.g., the public ban on the veil in France) to justify his murderous rampage. The best riposte to this despicable line of argument comes from none other than Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad who says as Jonathan noted yesterday: “It is time for these criminals to stop marketing their terrorist acts in the name of Palestine and to stop pretending to stand up for the rights of Palestinian children who only ask for a decent life.”
This will not, of course, silence the anti-Israel lobby which will claim that Israeli “occupation” of the West Bank and Gaza will continue to drive would-be terrorists around the bend until a real Palestinian state is established. The argument, plausible on its face, falls apart at the slightest examination.
Just imagine that Fayyad and his boss, Palestinian Authority President Mohammed Abbas, had actually reached a “final status” deal with the Israelis. I know: it’s hard to imagine but suspend disbelief for a second. No one knows exactly what such a deal would entail but it’s safe to guess that, to be acceptable to any Israeli government, it would have to maintain Israeli sovereignty over much of Jerusalem and the large settlement blocs in the West Bank which are next to Israel’s pre-1967 boundaries. This would mean incorporating perhaps 5% of the West Bank into Israel proper with possible offsets elsewhere. The settlement would also presumably require Palestinians to recognize Israel’s existence as a Jewish state, to agree to live in peace with Israel, and (hardest to swallow) to renounce any right of return. Moreover Israel would probably insist-and rightly so-that any future Palestinian state be prevented from acquiring certain military capabilities (e.g., no anti-aircraft missiles that could shoot down jetliners landing at Ben Gurion Airport) and that Israel maintain some kind of security presence along the border between Jordan and the West Bank. Whatever happens with the Palestinians, the Golan Heights would remain under Israeli control at least pending a deal with Syria, which at the moment seems impossible to imagine.