Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer have teamed up to launch the Freedom Defense Initiative, which aims to publicize the penetration of the United States government at all levels by the Muslim Brotherhood as well as the ongoing Islamization of the West.
Pamela and Robert will be launching FDI next Friday, February 19th, with an inaugural event at 10 a.m. in the Virginia Ballroom of the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel at 2600 Woodley Road NW in Washington D.C. If you’re going to be in the D.C. area next Friday, I strongly recommend that you put on your mukluks and snowshoes and make your way to Woodley Road. Attendees are required to register by emailing FDInitiative@aol.com.
As the FDI website says:
Jihad: The Political Third Rail — What They Are Not Telling You is a conference featuring some of the premier American and international voices of resistance to the global jihad and Islamic supremacism. This inaugural event of the Freedom Defense Initiative (FDI), a new activist organization founded by Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, will be held at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, the site of CPAC, on February 19 from 10AM to Noon, in the Virginia Ballroom.
The conference is designed to educate Americans about the Muslim Brotherhood’s infiltration at the highest levels of the U.S. government, as well as its war on free speech: its attempt to silence and discredit those who speak up against the jihad and Sharia encroachment in the West. Emphasis will be on the international character of the jihad against the West and on how the Islamic war on free speech (and the media’s self-imposed blackout on this issue, as in the Fort Hood massacre) is part and parcel of the same jihad against the West that terrorists are pursuing by violent means.
The principal speakers are Steve Coughlin and Wafa Sultan.
Steve Coughlin is a former Pentagon Islamic law specialist who is making his first public appearance since he was fired after pressure from Islamic infiltrators. He has startling information about Islamic infiltration in our government.
Wafa Sultan stood up for human rights against Sharia on Al-Jazeera in a debate with an Islamic cleric on a famous viral video. She is the author of a blistering indictment of Islam’s denial of rights to women and non-Muslims, A God Who Hates.
Other speakers include Simon Deng, Anders Gravers of SIAD, Lt. Colonel Allen West, and…
Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, who is well-known to readers of this blog as the Austrian anti-jihad activist who faces hate speech charges in her own country for speaking the truth about Islam. Elisabeth is the first person of my personal acquaintance who has faced actual criminal charges for exercising the right to free speech in a supposedly enlightened Western country.
Pamela has posted an informative background piece on Elisabeth and the case against her. The Austrian government has done a disservice to its own citizens and the rest of West by persecuting her:
Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, MA in Diplomatic and Strategic Studies, is the daughter of a retired Austrian diplomat. She received her education in Iran, Austria and the United States, and has since served in several government and diplomatic positions. She now teaches at an English language institute in Vienna, Austria,
Over recent years, Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff has developed a keen interest in the challenges to Western civilization, democracy and freedom of expression, including the troubling developments in the European Union. An avid reader, she studied the subjects in depth through books — in both German and English — by the foremost authors in the field, including Robert Spencer, Andrew Bostom, Bat Ye’or, Wafa Sultan, Booker & North and more.
Elisabeth is a skillful speaker and conference organizer who took part in setting up several interesting events, drawing upon her network from the diplomatic world. One example is a panel meeting with the unofficial representative of the Muslim Brotherhood in Europe, Tariq Ramadan, as reported at JihadWatch. However, only hours before his appearance Tariq Ramadan canceled without apology or explanation.
– – – – – – – – –
At a more formal level, Elisabeth is an NGO representative for Pax Europa to OSCE, where she participates in conferences and submits papers regarding freedom of expression, women’s rights and the challenges from Islam [pdf]. These activities get noticed and have triggered some vocal responses, in the OSCE plenary as well as in statements by COJEP and others.
Her extensive knowledge about Islam and the political implications of Islamic doctrine earned her an invitation to teach the Austrian political party FPÖ about the nature, structure and strategies the West faces from Islam.
An unprepared reporter from the Austrian magazine “News” attended the seminar, and was so frightened by what she heard that she wrote a major reportage about ‘political hate speech’ at the seminar, and reported Elisabeth to the Austrian authorities for the crime of ‘hate speech’, quoting statements from the seminar.
While Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff documentably spoke the truth at her seminars, speaking the truth is not necessarily legal in Austria, the Netherlands and other European countries. There exists in Europe a propensity to shy away from confronting beliefs of others, under the pretext of ‘cultural sensitivity’, an idea promoted mainly by academia and high-level government institutions, including the European Union.
On the other hand, there is widespread public support for the ‘right to insult’, as it may be called, that no proper religion would deserve nor even need legal protection from mockery and ridicule.
While the case against the Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders is of higher profile, the case of Elisabeth is of the same fundamental nature, a battle between on one hand fear and superstition, on the other hand rationality and open debate between free citizens.
FDI provides further evidence that there is a large cohort of concerned and well-informed citizens of Western countries who are not willing to simply roll over and submit to the Islamization of their countries and their traditional cultures.
By launching the Freedom Defense Initiative, Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer have performed a valuable public service for the Counterjihad.