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The Right's dirty little secret (Ignoring Radical Islam)
Atlas Shrugs ^ | July 30, 2012 | Pamela Geller

Posted on 07/30/2012 10:34:34 AM PDT by Perseverando

Actually, it's a big dirty secret.

I could not help but notice, over the past few years, the right wing blogosphere's silence on jihad and Islam. When I started blogging back in 2004-2005, there were literally scores of counter-jihad blogs in an already crowded field. Seven years later, it is a paltry few, save for Jihadwatch, Creeping Sharia,and political bloggers like Logan's Warning, IOTW,American Power blog, Zilla, .....

The first jolt and obvious disconnect was back in 2008, when Michelle Malkin and Hot Air suddenly and without explanation stopped running Robert Spencer's "Blogging the Quran" series and his Jihad Watch v-logs. They were fantastic, informational and needed. Around the time she dropped Spencer, Malkin had a short-lived show on Fox and was trying to get more exposure there, and she also stopped writing as much as she had about Islam and jihad. I was surprised and disheartened at the time, but was unaware that these were just some early signs of a decision by the most influential people on the Right to sanction the jihad and sharia with their silence. Silence is sanction. Malkin still posts on big jihad stories every now and then (as do other right-of-center bloggers), and acts as if nothing has changed and she is still in the fight, but it has gone to the periphery of her concerns. Bloggers have to cover big jihad attacks because if they didn't that would be obvious.

But this is not about just Michelle Malkin -- not by a long shot. I wrote about her because the evidence in her case is fairly clear. But it is also about all of them: Drudge, Rush, Kathryn Lopez of National Review, Mark Levin, Michael Savage, etc. The email below makes the Right's actions intelligible. It is unlikely -- in fact, inconceivable -- that the blogger described in it, who saw his path to money and traffic in abandoning the fight against jihad and Islamic supremacism, was the only one. Obviously, many others have gone down this road as well. The big blogs on the right never link counter-jihad blogs. They have all but surrendered.

It irked me that the party of constitutional rights and individual rights would adhere to the blasphemy laws under the sharia (do not criticize or offend Islam).

Which is worse: the left's vocal support of the sharia or the right's silence? The silence is more insidious. At least you know where you stand with the left. The following email came from a new blogger who was communicating with me on an unrelated issue. He used to blog at a very well known, well-trafficked right wing blog, one of the biggest. When I made a passing remark about the blogger's negative behavior toward me, the new blogger responded [names redacted]:

Wow. I didn't know you were aware of XXXX's attitude towards you. He is nasty. He hides it well but if you displease him he'll lash out at you. He got pissed at me when I posted an article that made Rick Perry look bad. He changed my headline and comment.

I posted a link to one of your blog posts in early 2011. Another blogger on the site pulled the link to you and sent me an email saying stay away from posting links to Atlas. He said XXXX [the owner of the blog] would get mad.

I think it also had to do with the fact that XXXX changed the blog's policy towards Islamic issues. I used to post uncensored stuff about Islam. Pictures with insults to Allah, swastikas on muslim terrorists, cartoons I made saying "Heil Allah!"

In December 2010, XXXX decided to tone down XXXX and make it more like a Hot Air style site. He told me to stop insulting Islam because he wanted to attract advertising and make a living from doing XXXX. I complied with his wishes and toned down not only Islam stuff but other subjects as well. I gradually became disenchanted with posting at XXXX My daily output became less and less.

By Sept. 2011, I was not posting much at all. Then I made the mistake of posting a couple of items XXXX thought were insulting to muslims. I wrote a headline for an article about a muslima weightlifter who wanted to wear hijab in competition. It said: "Muslima Weightlifter Demands Right To Wear Slave Garb In Competition." He pulled it within minutes and wrote a new headline saying, "wear head gear." Then he censored a comment I made on another Islam related post. The last straw came when I posted another "insult to islam." It was a humorous post not nasty at all, but he pulled my comment and picture.

That was the end for me. He sent me an email saying thanks for your contribution to XXXX. Have a nice day. That was it after all I did to help build XXXX traffic for over a year. When I joined the traffic was at a certain level for a long time. I introduced humorous pictures, comments and articles and upgraded the graphics quality on my posts and his. Traffic went up at a steady pace. The audience grew tremendously. He talked to me more like a partner than just a contributor.

That's what upset me most, but it's OK because I was unhappy there anyway. I couldn't express myself the way I wanted to so it's better that I moved on. I'm doing what I want on my own blog.

And here is a second email from the same writer:

I remembered another thing about Islam related censorship at XXX. After I left, I checked my old posts for reference for a wordpress blog I set up at HUB. When I looked at the Islam stuff I found XXXX had gone back and deleted any pictures and commentary I wrote that might be offensive. What he does now is, he covers muslim related issues but without saying anything offensive. His headlines are just descriptions of what a muslim jihadist did, without saying something critical. Instead of using an insulting term, he'll say "Muslim Terrorists Burn Churches." His comments under the pictures say "Christians must express outrage at this kind of attack." He will not say something attacking Islam in any way. He leaves the nasty comments to his fans in the comments section. They say "Islam must be destroyed!" He never gets his hands dirty. Here are some examples of old XXXX posts of mine that XXXX censored/scrubbed from his site:

"8-Year-Old Boy Is Hanged by the Taliban…"

XXXX deleted my one word comment which was: "Barbarians." It's offensive to Muslims to call Taliban barbarians.

"Obama Remembers Muslim Victims of 9/11 at White House Ramadan Dinner…"

He deleted my picture of Obama at a White House dinner holding up a glass to toast someone. Obama had an evil look on his face. Offensive to Muslims?

The last post I did on XXXX was a story about Muslim day at Great Adventure Park. I put up a picture of a muslim man and burka wearing woman riding on a Ferris wheel. The caption was: "Allahu Akbarf!" It was just a lame joke about people getting sick on amusement park rides, but XXXX saw it and pulled the caption within minutes after I posted it. The next day he got rid of me. There are many others but I guess you can get an idea of what he did to hide his past as an "Islamophobe." LOL!


TOPICS: Government; Politics; Religion
KEYWORDS: atlasshrugs; creepingsharia; islam; jihad; jihadwatch; michellemalkin; muslim; pamelageller; robertspencer; rop; sharia; wot
Interesting article about how our conservative media outlets are ignoring radical Islam. I think Pamela may have a valid point.

America is being attacked from all directions, but are we too often ignoring "soft" jihadists?

For the record, I love Atlas Shrugs. Pamela Geller has done a fantastic job covering Islamic atrocities and the advance of sharia in America and around the world.

(BTW), there are working links to Jihadwatch, Creeping Sharia, Logan's Warning, IOTW, American Power blog, Zilla at the article.

1 posted on 07/30/2012 10:34:52 AM PDT by Perseverando
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To: Perseverando
The Gates of Vienna seems to be alive and still feisty:

http://gatesofvienna.blogspot.de/


2 posted on 07/30/2012 10:53:56 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: Perseverando

We used to have Logan of ‘Logan’s Warning’ here
until somebody ran him off.


3 posted on 07/30/2012 11:03:02 AM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: Perseverando

What point does Pamela make—that Ms. Malkin stopped writing about a subject that Pamela was pushing? I don’t see that either Pamela or you inquired of Ms. Malkin why she made such a change. Is it that Michele decided in an evil moment that she was going to sell our her country by not writing as much or as often about Sharia and/or Jihad? Or may it have been that Ms. Malkin had some other reason? In which case, because Ms. Geller wrote these words about Ms. Malkin’s motives without actually checking, and were promoted by you, we might well have a cover up promoted by a Libertarian.


4 posted on 07/30/2012 11:05:59 AM PDT by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a United States Marine.)
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To: patriot08

“Political correctness is tyranny with manners.” - Charlton Heston

“Truth is treason in an empire of lies.” - Ron Paul

“Islam is a religion AND a political system. There is no separation of church and state in Islam BY DESIGN” ~ by dross


5 posted on 07/30/2012 11:19:34 AM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt
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To: righttackle44

Where do I start?

On Islam, I’ll stand with Pamela Geller anytime.

(I’m out of the office for the next 9 hours.)


6 posted on 07/30/2012 11:20:14 AM PDT by Perseverando (Gun control? It's the OBOTS who are filling up prisons for violent crimes, not the Tea Party.)
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To: Perseverando

I agree. I am disappointed by this. I would have expected this from the left but not from the right.


7 posted on 07/30/2012 11:25:18 AM PDT by Jean2
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To: patriot08

Thanks for reminding me of Logans’ Warning. I’m headed to his site right now.

What did Logan ever say that was too much for FR? No more “extreme” than that other great counterjihad site Sultan Knish who is an FR regular.

Strange.


8 posted on 07/30/2012 11:42:25 AM PDT by elcid1970 (Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind. Deus vult!)
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To: patriot08

Thanks for reminding me of Logans’ Warning. I’m headed to his site right now.

What did Logan ever say that was too much for FR? No more “extreme” than that other great counterjihad site Sultan Knish who is an FR regular.

Strange.


9 posted on 07/30/2012 11:42:48 AM PDT by elcid1970 (Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind. Deus vult!)
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To: elcid1970

He said nothing extreme.
His posts/articles were excellent.


10 posted on 07/30/2012 11:52:36 AM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: Perseverando

“The first jolt and obvious disconnect was back in 2008, when...”

In 2008, with Bush leaving office, the Neocons in the party no longer needed to pretend to be against radical Islam in order to whip up support for their wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.


11 posted on 07/30/2012 12:27:50 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Perseverando

As another FReeper said on another thread today, there is only Islam. There is no radical Islam.

Any Muslim who is not what we would describe as “radical” is an apostate, as worthy of death as us Infidels.


12 posted on 07/30/2012 12:45:05 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: Perseverando

bttt


13 posted on 07/30/2012 4:36:50 PM PDT by Dinah Lord
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To: Perseverando

Pamela Gellar has courage. Too bad many more don’t have the same kind. Some do of course, but not enough.


14 posted on 07/30/2012 7:15:43 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: JimRed

RE: As another FReeper said on another thread today, there is only Islam. There is no radical Islam.

Any Muslim who is not what we would describe as “radical” is an apostate, as worthy of death as us Infidels.


(I’m finally back in the CP.)
I agree with you completely! No argument here. If you say it’s not the “religion of peace,” they’ll kill you.


15 posted on 07/30/2012 9:18:22 PM PDT by Perseverando (Gun control? It's the OBOTS who are filling up prisons for violent crimes, not the Tea Party.)
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To: righttackle44

RE: What point does Pamela make—that Ms. Malkin stopped writing about a subject that Pamela was pushing?

(Look partner, I’m not the enemy. OK? We have enough problems from Obama and his goons constantly attacking and trying to divide us.)

I think the point that Pamela Geller was trying to make is “where did everyone go?”

Let’s face it, America is under simultaneous attack from communists and islamists. Who’s watching the islamists?

Hey it’s easy for me to focus lots of attention on the insanity coming from Obama and his political thugs, but the islamists are active throughout the world, as well as here at home.

I think Ms. Geller is asking for a little help on the islamic front while encouraging us not to allow our voices to be silenced by the PC police regarding the islamic threat to our freedoms.

Let’s resolve to remain vigilant and not forget about the sword of Allah.


16 posted on 07/30/2012 9:53:24 PM PDT by Perseverando (Gun control? It's the OBOTS who are filling up prisons for violent crimes, not the Tea Party.)
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To: Jean2

Cherchez Grover Norquist, top Republican promoter of all things Muslim.


17 posted on 07/31/2012 7:33:21 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: Perseverando

Saudi dollars can buy anyone’s silence.


18 posted on 07/31/2012 7:49:12 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: cradle of freedom

I noticed that too! With people like this; the conservatives don’t need enemies.


19 posted on 07/31/2012 11:29:08 PM PDT by Jean2
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To: Jean2

I went onto Sarah Palin’s PAC, hopefully she can take the place of Mullah Norquist’s CPAC which is totally playing games with true conservatives—he welcomes Muslims and gays and this guy calls himself a conservative. You can be sure that anyone who receives money from CPAC will not be allowed to speak out against Islam or the gay agenda. Norquist is all about the money, that is what this “big tent” talk is all about.


20 posted on 08/01/2012 8:10:04 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: Jean2

Did you know that Norquist is actually married to a Muslim woman named Sammah—a Palestinian.


21 posted on 08/01/2012 8:17:26 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: Jean2

Did you know that Norquist is actually married to a Muslim woman named Sammah—a Palestinian.


22 posted on 08/01/2012 8:22:12 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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