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An open letter to Pamela Geller

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Katie Miranda

Katie Miranda is an illustrator, jewelry designer, calligrapher, and cartoonist living in Portland, OR. Her Arabic calligraphy jewelry and apparel are favorites of people in the Palestine solidarity community. Katie runs Palbox: a quarterly subscription box containing Palestinian goods benefiting the Northern California branch of the International Solidarity Movement. Connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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  1. just on May 8, 2015, 12:29 pm

    Brilliant. Beautiful. All quintessential Katie Miranda!

    Thank you.

  2. John O on May 8, 2015, 12:32 pm

    “72 features on prime time” – goal, touchdown, try, home run, six, game set and match.

  3. James North on May 8, 2015, 12:40 pm

    This is just great!

  4. Bill in Maryland on May 8, 2015, 12:43 pm

    Great work Katie- thank you so much!

  5. annie on May 8, 2015, 12:58 pm

    wonderful katie!

  6. Mary T on May 8, 2015, 1:39 pm

    Perfectly done, Katie. You hit every note. Brava!

  7. bintbiba on May 8, 2015, 1:45 pm

    Thank you ~Katie ….
    A true blue bigot . as she is… will not answer , I’ll wager !
    Loved your promise of 72 vir……”…features on prime time “. Beautiful.

  8. atime forpeace on May 8, 2015, 1:45 pm

    Excellent…Geller needs to see first hand.
    Although i do not believe she is a total dolt I do believe she is a propagandist for the country that is near and dear to her heart. She is a cultural warrior doing Israels work in trying to foment hatred of Muslims by Americans.

    She is a mobilizer.

    • oldgeezer on May 8, 2015, 1:56 pm

      Propagandist could imply it’s just a job for her.

      It’s not just a job, she’s a rabid racist and hate monger.

      Great cartoon! Loved it.

  9. Kris on May 8, 2015, 2:49 pm

    So great! Thank you!

  10. pabelmont on May 8, 2015, 3:04 pm

    Beautiful. Great comedy. And the picture of Geller as the Devil (sorry, I mean as a big-haired suicide bomber) is perfect.

  11. jenin on May 8, 2015, 3:21 pm

    love it! thank you

  12. MHughes976 on May 8, 2015, 4:25 pm

    The pathos in the frame where ‘we find your actions mean-spirited’ is very moving.

  13. ritzl on May 8, 2015, 4:45 pm


  14. radii on May 8, 2015, 5:36 pm

    Geller is the Ann Coulter of her segment of the right-wing extremist set … she is interested in self-aggrandizement first, spewing her ideology second, making money from her shtick third, so being an actual human being interested in any kind of actual understanding is way way down on her list

  15. JLewisDickerson on May 8, 2015, 9:52 pm


    We all know that Pamela Geller, aka The Shrieking Harpy, is a one-woman factory of mind-melting bad craziness, but there are only so many hours in a day when she’s sober enough to type.

    Now you no longer have to wait to get your fix of her patented blend of illiteracy, spite, and venomous xenophobia; with LGF’s Shrieking Harpy Rant Generator, you can instantly enjoy a hateful, incoherent Gelleresque diatribe any time of the day or night!

    Just hit the big obvious button below, and in no time you’ll have a vitriolic word salad indistinguishable from the work of the real Harpy herself!

    • RANT, HARPY! –

  16. flyercrazy on May 9, 2015, 3:16 am

    It appears most, if not all of you, fail to recognize Pam is addressing the extremist Islamic Muslims who’s goal it is to impose sharia law and those in ISIS, not all Muslims. Is that correct or am I missing something?
    If I am correct I do not understand why you are all rejoicing. Is she not someone who is advocating and fighting to protect free speech attempting to keep those who want to impose their laws on democratic countries from doing so, sharia the very law which prohibits freedom of speech? Someone please educate me, I don’t get it. Seriously, I am exercising my right to free speech on this site and would like to hear from those of you who can remain civil and not attack me for not knowing why you are against her.
    Thank you in advance for your kind replies.

    • just on May 9, 2015, 9:51 am

      “It appears most, if not all of you, fail to recognize Pam is addressing the extremist Islamic Muslims who’s goal it is to impose sharia law and those in ISIS, not all Muslims. Is that correct or am I missing something?”

      Yes you are “missing something”! She does the exact opposite~ she smears all Muslims and Islam with her screed and hate speech. She aims to incite. Are you afraid that Sharia law is coming to get you???
      I’d advise you to attempt to get a firm grasp on reality. She is most definitely NOT advocating for free speech.

      There’s a reason that the SPLC is and has been watching her and her group and Robert Spencer. From their website:

      “Currently, there are 784 known hate groups operating across the country, including neo-Nazis, Klansmen, white nationalists, neo-Confederates, racist skinheads, black separatists, border vigilantes and others.”


      “Pamela Geller
      Location: New York, N.Y.
      Most Recent Group: Stop Islamization of America
      Ideology: Anti-Muslim

      Pamela Geller is the anti-Muslim movement’s most visible and flamboyant figurehead. She’s relentlessly shrill and coarse in her broad-brush denunciations of Islam and makes preposterous claims, such as that President Obama is the “love child” of Malcolm X. She makes no pretense of being learned in Islamic studies, leaving the argumentative heavy lifting to her Stop Islamization of America partner Robert Spencer. Geller has mingled comfortably with European racists and fascists, spoken favorably of South African racists, defended Serbian war criminal Radovan Karadzic and denied the existence of Serbian concentration camps. She has taken a strong pro-Israel stance to the point of being sharply critical of Jewish liberals.”

      She’s one of the people who suppresses freedom for all Americans. That’s the kind of person that frightens me.

    • Kay24 on May 9, 2015, 10:09 am

      Strange you missed it, but Geller has been open about hating Muslims, and even protested a Mosque to be built at the previous WTC site, a Mosque and recreational center for all Muslims, and not for extremists.

      Her group has been labelled a hate group.

      From Wikipedia:

      “She is currently the president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative which she co-founded with Robert Spencer.[10][11] The American Freedom Defense Initiative has been designated an anti-Muslim hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization known for tracking hate groups.[12] The British government designated Geller’s organizations hate groups and barred Geller’s entry into the UK in 2013.[7”

      If she was only attacking extremists I doubt her “wonderful” group would have been designated a hate group, and that a nation like the UK would bar this venomous creature from entering that country.

      She has absolutely no credentials as an expert on Islam, no education, nor deep knowledge of the religion, making her an ignorant woman hell bent on criticizing a religion she knows nothing about, and often makes erroneous statements about. She is obviously backed by those anti Islam entities that are unknown but financially pour in millions for this hate campaign.

      As Kate mentions, I wonder how she would react to an event that promotes a holocaust denial.
      Or how about an event that calling for cartoons about the massacre by Israel in Gaza?

    • talknic on May 9, 2015, 12:36 pm

      flyercraz “…. am I missing something?”

      No. The feigned innocence and feigned ignorance of an apologist for Israel has a peculiar, un-mistakable stench to it

    • Donald on May 9, 2015, 2:31 pm

      If you were curious, you could have googled. And it would have taken you about a minute to find and start reading websites that would have answered your question. The Wikipedia entry has a link to the SPLC piece on her that just mentions and there are others.

    • pjdude on May 9, 2015, 9:01 pm

      no thats what she is claiming to defend her bigotry. she however makes it a point to attack muslims for being muslims. she was behind much of the lies and hate behind the attacks against park 51. she is a borderline sociopath who feeds on hate.

    • justicewillprevail on May 10, 2015, 7:56 am

      As your initial premise is false, then you are incorrect – the rest of your post is posturing nonsense. Case dismissed.

    • Mooser on May 10, 2015, 1:46 pm

      “is addressing the extremist Islamic Muslims who’s goal it is to impose sharia law”

      Yes, I’ve been noticing a lot of articles in prestigious law journals, with titles like: “Why Sharia Law is so durn ‘cool’ and ‘rad’, and should immediately replace America’s legal tradition”.

      Could happen any day now.

      • RoHa on May 10, 2015, 8:13 pm

        Ready to take on another three wives, Mooser?

  17. Bornajoo on May 9, 2015, 3:55 am

    Really excellent Katie. Thank you

  18. Kay24 on May 9, 2015, 6:52 am

    Great work Katie. I especially like the question about an event denying the holocaust.

    Great point. It shows the hypocrisy of these bigots.

  19. just on May 9, 2015, 7:38 am

    Katie~ I really love the heart motif and the swinging earrings on your character! The mosque and accompanying message wonderful!~ “You might walk out of the mosque with a new perspective on life”.

    Reminiscent of your beautiful jewelry. (see @ Those new hoodies are something else, too!

    Thanks again for all that you do.

    The Dershowitz weighed in on Geller:

    “Critics of Pamela Geller, organizer of the “Draw the Prophet” event in Garland, Texas last Sunday, should realize that while she may have intended to provoke a negative reaction from extreme Islamists, she shares something in common with civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., says Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz.

    “I don’t want to make any comparisons morally or legally, but from a constitutional law point of view, there’s no difference,” Dershowitz said Thursday on Fox News Channel’s “The Kelly File.”

    King purposely picked some of the cities he led protests in precisely in order to bring out the racists and show what kind of violent people they are, Dershowitz said

    “It’s part of the American tradition to provoke so that the world can see,” he said.”

    He’s really unwell. Not ‘morally’ nor ‘legally’, but ‘Constitutionally’ he compares this hatemonger with a peacemaker! He’s adrift in his own sea of moral bankruptcy and turpitude.

    • Katie Miranda on May 9, 2015, 9:17 pm

      Thank you just, you’re awesome ! :}

      • just on May 10, 2015, 7:56 am

        You’re kind AND enormously talented.

        Your tireless contributions to peace and justice are becoming legendary, you know. ;-)

  20. DaBakr on May 9, 2015, 9:13 pm

    A) never heard Gellar advocate for violence specifically against Muslims. Those who -she says- believe in a radically extreme form of the religion-she is against but has said numerous times she has no problem with Muslims. (Much like commenters here say they hate Zionists but have no problem with Jews. By this logic commenters here are has ‘hateful’ as Geller. That she is a blow-hard publicity hound-well-there are plenty of anti-Zionist heros that fit that bill as well {e.g.-MxB}
    B) The far left and many in the center have bent over backwards to make sure they make it known they despise Gellar but none have come up with anything she has done that is specifically hateful. Unless being against those that advocate for violent jihad is hateful. She doesn’t disparage individual Muslims or stereotype them any more then people here stereotype Jews and Zionists. She has a problem with militant jihadists (and we know the meaning of Jihad but violent extremists openly admit they mean violence by their use of Jihad)
    C) the only point Gellars critics seem to elaborate on is the mosque in NYC. She was against it. But so were a HUGE majority of New Yorkers as were aanother huge majarity of Americans in general. So-are all who were against that particular mosque ‘hate-mongers’? (while its true the mosque wasn’t really at ground zero and that complaint was overblown in the media and protesters-there are still 100s of mosques built all over the USA without issue and it could be submitted that with all the talk about not “insulting” that the mosque builders might have been more sensitive to a highly touchy subject in US. But instead-they[they being apologists for inexcusable religious violence and calling for a special sensitivity for Islam not demanded of Christianity or Judaism] are demanding only that others be sensitive to their issues about their religion. )
    D) unbelievably-many on the so-called ‘progressive’ left are openly claiming that ‘hate-speech’ [which is really just plain speech with personal commentary added in] is not protected by the US constitution which is not only untrue but is appallingly intolerant. Is not the US suppose to protect the most vile form of speech so as to make sure EVERYBODY has free speech and not those that the left deems ‘acceptable’. [e.g. skokie]
    E) while I still can’t determine exactly what Gellar said that was hateful it is obvious she was determined to be highly controversial and provacative. She was pushing buttons while staying within the bounds of the law and it could be said that those that had the knee-jerk reaction to shut her down fell for her bait. [yes-it was a trap stupid] and had nobody reacted violently or just ignored her-it would have disappeared in less then a 24hr news cycle.
    F) I would also say that the author here is generous to be willing to show her peaceful mosque to Gellar though its not as if Geller claimed Muslims were not peaceful. She may very well be friends with many Muslims as she claims. Its not known.

    In fact-not sure why folks here do not completely relate to Gellars point which is much like the p[oint that Zionist haters claim when accused of ‘Jew-hating’. The issue of the ordinary muslims who put the archaic sections of Quran in the same perspective Jews put their slaughter of minions in the Bible into modern context is not who Gellar is preaching against. It is obvious she is against those who want to impose sharia law{and a rathe backwards intolerant law at that} over the entire world. And there are many Imams who support this and they are vocal. . It can not be denied since these imams are willing to go on many different media outlets from msm to ME networks and say with complete piety that they want to have a caliphate imposed and believe people like Gellar as well as gays , fornicators, and other infidels should be put to death.
    G) so-if commenters here think they would react with an attitude of ‘she brought it down on herself’ or ‘deserved whatever she gets’ should Gellar happen to be killed by the fatwa then the same should go for the likes of PW and MxB as they two are insulting to many Jewish Zionists and are very provocative. But then which group is calling for death..

    • oldgeezer on May 10, 2015, 12:16 am

      “she is against but has said numerous times she has no problem with Muslims. – See more at:

      A very disingenuous comment. As is your comment that she only targets radical Islamists.

      A quote from her own page (visited it for the first time).

      “Geller argued “there is no reliable way to tell a jihadist or jihadi sympathizer from a ‘moderate.’””

      Shorter Geller, I don’t target them all but you can’t tell them apart.

      There were of course many other examples. The list is virtually endless.

      I did have sympathy for one of her recommendations. Stopping aid for countries that use sharia law. That would by definition cut off aid to Israel which hardly needs it due to it’s phenomenal success according to it’s supporters.

      Geller and her fellow travellers frequently attack the symbols of Islam. When you attack the symbols of a religion you attack all adherents. I would no more support an attack on the bible or torah than I would on the quran. They all have some equally disgusting teachings which can be perverted to justify evil. One only need to read the Kings Torah or learn about how the bible was used to justify slavery/segregation in the US (and other places).

      I’m ok with free speech and mocking radicals. You don’t need to attack the core symbols to do so. You may be allowed to but you can’t pretend it’s not speech against all of the followers of said religion.

      All religious laws are backwards and intolerant. Whether it’s Catholic canon law, Jewish halakha or Islamic sharia. Sharia law should be accepted to the same extent, no more and no less, than any other religious law.

      In terms of both free speech and religious law you have commented from a US perspective but neither the site nor all of it’s frequent commenters are entirely US based nor has Geller restricted her activities except to the extent that other countries won’t allow her racist hate speech and deny her entrance.

      You have included the subgroup Jewish zionists as somehow the equivalent to all Muslims which is asinine. Jewish zionists are equivalent to radical Islamists. Both are subgroups. There are some differences for sure. In many countries in the world laws have been passed which protect Jewish zionists from being the target of free speech. And radicals they are. The support the slaughter of women and children, violation of international law and IHL. Theft and dispossession. Oppression of millions. No doubt radical Islamists would do the same but they won’t do so with the protection of freedom from criticism in western nations.

      No Geller is a racist and hate monger. It’s not even remotely debatable. Even countries which have passed special protective laws for it’s Jewish minority (fairly) and the state of Israel (unfairly) won’t let her in. Dirtbag doesn’t do the depths of her depravity justice.

      What she does may be legal in the US but it is indeed hate speech and she does not only target radical Islamists.

      • DaBakr on May 10, 2015, 12:58 pm

        @jp @gz

        as I mentioned before- MW has been labeled a ‘hate-site’ as well. maybe it comes with the territory of promoting the ‘war of ideas’ that fanatics like PG and PW have become hysterically obsessed with. Self-righteousness is a big part of the equation too.

        [and to the other commenter on D.Duke. Yes-as long as Duke is not threatening violence or harm to any of the people he considers undesireable-he’s fine with me. And curiously-Dukes views are very much in line with MW commenters in terms of Zionism and Israel so plenty of commenters here should be even more then fine with DD too.

    • justicewillprevail on May 10, 2015, 7:42 am

      Baker boy, your ignorance is astounding, given that a 10 second google would refute your absurd litany of ill-informed fabrications. But your last paragraph really takes the biscuit — I think we get your sour, hateful implication. But we shouldn’t be surprised a fan boy of Geller would think like that. Just stunning in its stupidity. QED

    • Marnie on May 10, 2015, 11:58 pm

      Yes DBakr, Gellar’s going to announce any day now that her hate speech isn’t directed to the hundreds of millions of Muslims who aren’t terrorists, some of which, it will turn out, are her very best friends! Regarding ISIS, it appears they are totally on board with the apartheid zionist state. They are a dream come true for them; who knows, each ISIS fighter may just have a Made in Israel tag on their unis and a hecksher from the chief rabbi of Hevron.

      • DaBakr on May 11, 2015, 4:51 pm


        so-by your snippets about Israels so-called ‘buddy’ IS..any nation in Israels position would take preemptive action against the enemy that is threatening its nations safety more. That IS isn’t threatening right now does not make Israel its buddy.

        I don’t see you commenting disparagingly about Irans [actually] becoming Assad and his murderous regimes WAY best buddy. And that is mostly to secure its influence through the conduit of a friendly-to-Iran Syria. If you understood anything you would know that Iran-allied with its proxy Hezbollah has killed more Syrians (including Palestinian) then all the wars Israel has engaged in from 48-15. But then its easy to see where your venom is directed.

  21. Qualtrough on May 10, 2015, 4:47 am

    DaBakr–David Duke says he doesn’t hate Jews and doesn’t advocate violence against them, so he’s cool in your book, right?

  22. Landie_C on May 14, 2015, 10:56 am

    JJ Goldberg has gone off his rocker once again at The Forward

    “If you defend Charlie Hebdo, you must also do the same for Pamela Geller”

    • Landie_C on May 14, 2015, 8:43 pm

      180 comments so far on JJ Goldberg’s obscene opinion piece. Most interesting takeaway from the reader feedback:

      in 2003 the Supreme Court, in Virginia v. Black, ruled that not all speech is protected speech if the prime motivation is intimidation. Is Geller more vulnerable than some of us imagine?

      Secondly, if Geller’s supporters are the free speech champions they claim to be, why didn’t they protest the recent court ruling, Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign v King County, which upheld censorship of the “war crimes in Gaza” series of bus ads?

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