Watchdog lists anti-Islamic blogger’s organization as hate group

By Muriel Kane
Friday, February 25, 2011 22:44 EDT
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Blogger Pamela Geller was at the center of a long-running controversy last summer when she helped ignite a firestorm of protest against the establishment of an Islamic cultural center a few blocks away from the former site of the World Trade Center.

Now her Stop the Islamicization of America has been listed as an anti-Muslim hate group in the Southern Poverty Law Center’s annual roundup of extremist organizations, alongside Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan.

As described at the website of another one of her projects, Freedom Defense Initiative, Geller “is the founder and publisher of the acclaimed news and commentary blog AtlasShrugs.com. She is also a regular columnist for Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government and Big Journalism, as well as for Newsmax. Geller is the author (with Robert Spencer) of the soon-to-be-released book, The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America (foreword by Ambassador John Bolton).

But one blogger’s roundup of Geller’s greatest hits is not so flattering. “What do you get when you combine the most outlandish gaffes of Anne Coulter, the most awkward monologues of Sarah Palin, the senility of the crazy McCain Lady, filter any remaining logic out of it and give it a keyboard in the Bronx?” Loonwatch asked. “The answer is the looniest blogger ever: Pamela Geller … Pam has the distinction of being the originator and pusher of some of the most vile and obscene conspiracy theories on the internet.”

Among her other conspiracy theories, Geller promoted the claim that Barack Obama went to Pakistan in the 1980′s to buy drugs but came back as a committed jihadist and that he is the illegitimate son of Malcolm X.

Geller responded to her designation as a hate group by insisting that her organization is actually “a human rights group” and charging that the “uber left” SPLC has “failed to address the greatest threat to our national security.”

“And these people are taken seriously?” Geller asked “This is the morally inverted state of the world.”

Muriel Kane
Muriel Kane
Muriel Kane is an associate editor at Raw Story. She joined Raw Story as a researcher in 2005, with a particular focus on the Jack Abramoff affair and other Bush administration scandals. She worked extensively with former investigative news managing editor Larisa Alexandrovna, with whom she has co-written numerous articles in addition to her own work. Prior to her association with Raw Story, she spent many years as an independent researcher and writer with a particular focus on history, literature, and contemporary social and political attitudes. Follow her on Twitter at @Muriel_Kane
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  • Anonymous

    Nice. Down with professional fear mongerers and professional purveyors of ignorance

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Well, hallelujah! About time that they brand some of the nut jobbers. Of course, the down side of that is that they’re starting to make the rounds and naming different groups, enlarging the circle. Today, it’s them and tomorrow it will be those of us who post on forums like this for being unpatriotic and anti-Amerikun. That’s how Fascism works. Target everybody, brand everybody, control everybody thru fear.

  • TheDevilCanDance

    This twat deserves to be ignored. she is an attention whore, She looks like some crossbreed of Michael Jackson and Boy George :)

  • Anonymous

    Batshit crazy.

  • Anonymous

    Ugly is as ugly does, and boy is she ugly.

  • 7rob7

    Well, it’s about fucking time.

    This is the top story in the big book of Duh!, as far as I’m concerned.

  • 7rob7

    Geller is the fascist here, not the SPLC. There’s no downside to being honest.

  • Anonymous

    “Among her other conspiracy theories, Geller promoted the claim that Barack Obama went to Pakistan in the 1980′s to buy drugs but came back as a committed jihadist and that he is the illegitimate son of Malcolm X.”

    And the sad part is millions of really ignorant Americans believe this crap.

  • Anonymous

    In the case of Geller, Breitbart and so many other wingnuts, hate pays.

    For them, there’s a whole lot of profit in hate, a lot of money to be made. Just look at Fox “Big Lie” News, lots and lots of money generated in hate. Just look at Republican politicians with their hate the unions, hate the gays, hate the pro-choice women, hate Social Security, hate the Democrats, hate anything Liberal, hate, hate, hate agenda, there’s lots of money generated for them through their hate. The Republicans’ egos thrive on hate, nurture hate, feed on hate, turn a profit on hate.

    And then there was Jesus Christ, and unconditional love, and forgiveness. Not too profitable. Jesus didn’t end up a multi-millionaire or multi-billionaire (or the equivalent during his short sojourn). But then, hate is driven by fear, feeds on fear, thrives on fear. On the other hand, Jesus Christ wasn’t afraid, he didn’t promote fear, he knew the Resurrection, the realization of absolute love through absolute forgiveness, freedom from fear.

    Jesus Christ summed it up nicely, this seeming battle between the ego’s fear and God’s/Christ’s absolute love, when he observed: “What profits a man, though he gain the whole world, yet loses his soul?”

    Because, you see, someone trying to “gain the whole world” and control everyone in it (or in their proximity) must be being driven by fear, projecting hatred in the process, starting wars, culture wars, nationalist wars, and often (temporarily) turning a hefty profit as they feed on the fears of others. Of course, this is ALWAYS a dead-end, and all the profiting was for nothing.

    Peace. It’s the only way out of this ego mess. And, it’s priceless.

  • Guest

    But knowledge trumps fear and if we can wade thru the infinite Faux Newz shitstorm, we’ll be alright.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/RepublicConstitution?feature=mhum TruthRegimes

    Islamophobes are full of hate. They gets all of the Neo-Cons right there but the SPLC list also includes people who have nothing to do with hatred. Political groups who oppose war are listed there incorrectly and tarnished. Anyone who criticizes the government is labeled with hate and said to be anti-Semitic by the SPLC for no good reason. http://republicconstitution.blogspot.com/

  • Guest

    Why does she think that Jewish Hate for Muslims trumps Islamic Hate for Jews?

    Why does she think we should tolerate the persecution of Muslims, when the world wasn’t tolerating the persecution of Jews? Why? Because the Palestinians had the temerity to live in the same land that the Jews left thousands of years ago?? Because the Muslim world sees America propping up Muslim dictators so we can keep intact our fragile and ill-fated economy by ensuring the flow of cheap muslim oil, without giving NOTHING back to their People except more Muslim dictators??

    I live in NY, next to the borough of Queens, I have seen the demographic go from white to Asian virtually overnight and not a single shot was fired. Why couldn’t Israel do the same without the lame excuse that ‘God gave them the deed to this land’, the land that was ACTUALLY given to them by England and America? Is England God? Is America? So then why is Palestine STILL burdened with WWII reparations when they weren’t even involved, 60 years after the fact? Why is it that Israel has virtual carte blanche to kill and persecute in God’s name, while colonizing Palestine, the same way the US “colonized” America at the expense of Native Americans??

    Where I come from hate is hate and snooze, you lose. If they want to make someone pay for The Holocaust, try looking in Germany somewhere. Fair is fair and no one has a monopoly or an exception to racism.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KJJ4KEVT2Z5RDHTIRGJOUWL2EA Paul M

    Now if CAIR, (Council on American-Islamic Relations), publicly came out and denounced Miss. Geller as a hater of Muslims and her AtlasShrugs.com web site labeled as promoting gross Anti-Shemitism, against world muslimry, (this is the same as Semitism, both spellings are correct, this would also distinguish them from the Jewish, semitic term), and demand an apology in all the mainstream news medias, they would be completely within their rights. As everyone should know that Arabs are Semitic/ Shemitic people as well), It would be interesting to see the other sides´ reaction to the term.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    The wading has to start in church. Anyone that believes the fantasies they’re spoon fed there, will believe anything. Religion is the foundation of Capitalism/Imperialism.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Oh, yes, they’re all saints. Or devils. Depending on how/who looks at it.

  • Anonymous

    Ms Geller and her folks are either Jewish or donkeys.

    Pamela Geller needs to look at this and decide for us wether an act of “love” or “hate”.


    What does she and hel kind of people think of this rabbi’s view of non-jews.

    — A Senior Rabbi Speaks His Mind 
    Recently in Jerusalem an elderly but important Sephardic rabbi spoke publicly about Jewish 
    racial superiority and the inferiority of non-Jews. His statement shocked the Jewish com- 
    munity in Israel and has given ammunition to opponents of Israel and radical Islamists. Here 
    is the Jerusalem Post article titled, “Yosef: Gentiles exist only to serve Jews”: 
    “The sole purpose of non-Jews is to serve Jews, according to Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, 
    the head of Shas’s Council of Torah Sages and a senior Sephardi adjudicator. 
    ‘Goyim [Gentiles] were born only to serve us. Without that, they have no place in 
    the world — only to serve the People of Israel,’ he said in his weekly Saturday 
    night sermon

  • Guest

    Your right. But if it’s of any comfort (at least in my Parish) religious attendance and enrollment is down, so the opiates aren’t as freely delivered to the masses.

    So if “Religion is the foundation of Capitalism” then:

    “Fascism is Capitalism in decay.”

    and sadly, here we are.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Naw, that’s only because the sheep have no money to put on the collection plate. Funny about the unintended effects of Capitalism. On the other hand, the religious-based schemes seem to be on the rise and getting more creative while stupid people continue to fall for them.

    Christian medical plans get pass from health law


  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Lee-Brown/1522418996 Thomas Lee Brown


    Christians can’t even Christianize America (because it’s forbidden by the Constitution, otherwise they would); how in the hell are Muslims gonna ‘Islamicize’ her?


  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Lee-Brown/1522418996 Thomas Lee Brown

    I had forgotten that. It makes her crazier that Oily Taintz, if that’s even possible.

  • Anonymous

    Ms. Kane, why do you refer to Pamela Geller as “acclaimed”? The only people who award her any acclaim are those even more vile and twisted than herself. Exactly who gives this woman any “acclaim”? You really ought to list your sources for that statement. Geller posts drunken boozy videos of herself in minimal clothing ranting about various things so unlikely and vile that most people have difficulty reading her site for any length of time. I suspect most of them only go to her site to watch her gyrations. She has been associated with some truly disgusting groups like Vlaams Belang. If there is a god, s/he owes it to humanity to cleanse the earth of this vile person.

  • http://www.balmorheaprogressive.blogspot.com/ BaileyWuXiang

    So AIPAC finally achieved the status they deserve?

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    The hideous Pamela Geller, and by extension, her pal the ugly, red-faced bloviating liar Andrew Brietbart finally gain recognition for their openly racist activities and organized hate-mongering.
    About time.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    In the movie Conception, once an idea has taken root only death can provide a release.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Except she appears to have untreated 3rd degree facial burns.

  • TheDevilCanDance

    You wonder why Pamela Geller is such a lunatic, she is a Tweaker , she has been arrested at least twice for possession of speed but she was never charged, she knows the right people in the Big Apple

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Let’s facilitate more guns to them then.

  • Anonymous

    Your guys suggestion make the nuts who hate bacon/love chopping heads look angelical

  • TheDevilCanDance

    What are you going to do for a face when Rush Limbaugh wants his ass back?