More video is coming out from that event held in Tennessee last week by a Muslim group, prompted by a local politician posting a meme on his Facebook page showing a shotgun pointed at the camera and saying “how to wink at a Muslim.” Pam Geller and hundreds of others showed up to protest it, including going inside and trying to drown out the speakers. At one point, a speaker pointed out that a mosque had been burned to the ground — and the protesters inside wildly cheered for it. Still think Islamophobia doesn’t exist?
And no, this has nothing to do with trying to stop criticism of Islam. I am a fierce critic of Islam, as I am of Christianity. But cheering for the burning down of a mosque or a church? That makes you a hateful bigot and a proto-fascist. And Geller and Robert Spencer, her partner in bigotry, are defending the people inside the auditorium:
Despite the outbursts and heckling, Spencer and Geller maintained that the protesters were there in peace and that any claims to the contrary were manufactured by the “mainstream media.”
“The claim that someone in the crowd was ‘afraid’ of the other audience members, as if these patriots who came out to defend the freedom of speech were some gang of menacing thugs, bent on silencing their foes by force, was utterly preposterous,” Spencer argued.
Really? A mob of people cheering loudly for a mosque being burned to the ground is not a good reason for the Muslims at the event to be afraid? That’s delusional.