This Just In: Pam Geller is a Weapons Grade Moron

Man, Pam Geller has made a lot of egregiously stupid arguments before, but this one may top them all. A Muslim group recently won a lawsuit against a city in New Jersey that denied them the right to build a new mosque and was awarded legal fees. Geller says this is the imposition of a “jizya” tax.

Anti-Muslim blogger Pamela Geller said last week that the Obama administration’s actions on behalf of civil rights for Muslim Americans amount to the imposition of the jizya, a tax on non-Muslims.

In an interview with Rick Wiles of “TruNews,” Geller fumed about a New Jersey town’s $7.75 million settlement with an Islamic group that sued after the township denied its request to build a mosque, a decision that a judge ruled [PDF] was made in part as a result of “anti-Muslim prejudice.”​

While the Brennan Center for Justice and the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund represented the Islamic center in the lawsuit, Geller blamed the Department of Justice, which according to one of the center’s attorneys had opened an investigation into the case.

“That’s the jizya, that’s the poll tax we see all through Islamic history imposed upon Christians and Jews living under Islamic law,” she said of the settlement, accusing the Department of Justice of becoming the “de facto legal arm of many of these Muslim Brotherhood groups in the country.”

No, that’s how federal law works. The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act allows religious organizations to sue if they’re denied a zoning exemption. Christian and Jewish groups have used that law hundreds of times and been granted legal fees when they win. But one time a Muslim group does it, and Geller goes completely off the deep end. How completely unsurprising.

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  • John Pieret

    Gee, I didn’t know “jizya” was the Arabic word for “stupid enough to deny permission to build a mosque while failing to hide the fact it was based on bias.”

  • JustaTech

    What could possibly be more American than suing someone?

  • hunter

    John Pieret: you have to be as blindly bigoted as Pam Geller to get the connection.

  • jeevmon

    No no, see, RFRA is only supposed to apply to Christians. That’s why Hobby Lobby gets to use it and Muslims can’t. Bryan Fischer said so.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    To be fair to Geller, the exemption they applied for was for “a Muslin Caliphate in America”.

  • http://Reallyawakeguy.blogspot.com somnus

    Except it’s not a cost imposed by Muslims on non-Muslims for not being Muslim. It’s a cost imposed on all taxpayers (even the Muslims) by the city council because said council are bigots who violated the rights of constituents under US law.

  • Crimson Clupeidae

    Frankly, it’s a good thing we haven’t been able to weaponize stupidity. Although, the US really would be a superpower again if we could!

  • alanb

    Pam Geller has made a lot of egregiously stupid arguments before, but this one may top them all.

    Not even close. I stopped reading her in early 2009, but by then she had racked up at least a half dozen that were better. And that doesn’t count the time she posted while drunk.

  • k_machine

    And on the other side of the funhouse mirror, we have Anti-Semites fuming about kosher labeling on food as being a “tax”.

  • scienceavenger

    Come on Pam Geller – jizya? Really? That’s too fucking easy.

  • davefitz

    I always thought the “Jizya tax” was like a money shot in porn.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    It should be called the Pam Geller Tax. It’s her beliefs that are responsible for it.

  • John Pieret

    I thought $7.75 million was high for this kind of action. $2.75 million goes to purchasing a replacement property for the mosque but the Town gets the old $1.7 million property back in exchange. The Town’s insurance carrier will pay $5 million on top of that for damages (unlike many civil rights suits, they must have asked for more than nominal damages) and attorney’s fees and the like. Of course, the Town’s insurance rates will skyrocket next policy period.

    The facts of the case are rather egregious and it’s too bad the Town and its taxpayer bigots didn’t have to pay more.

  • http://www.aquaticape.org anthrosciguy

    I say the town’s taxpayers should sue to recover their lost funds from the people who encouraged this sort of dumb illegal action in the first place. Which would be Geller et al.

  • chilidog99

    As I understand it, the city council deliberately changed the ordinances after the group applied for a zoning permit in a way that would specifically exclude the group.

    they weren’t even subtle about it.

  • Artor

    Has Pam ever been out of the deep end? It’s hard to go off the deep end when you’re already in over your head.