I’m catching a little flak for my intentionally nasty post about Pam Geller and her comments at yesterday’s anti-Muslim rally in Columbus. So I thought I’d take a second to clarify.
Pam Geller and her pals are horrible human beings who spread hate and lies while pretending to care about the civil and religious rights of Rifqa Bary merely because she happens to be from a Muslim family. Geller and crew have absolutely no limits and will say and do whatever they think is necessary to force their culture of intolerance on the rest of us.
Multiple state and county groups have found absolutely no credibility to the claims that Rifqa’s parents in any way, shape or form abused her. But Pam continues to insist they did. Not only is she attacking the family based on disproven information, she’s also accusing the county and the foster family caring for Rifqa of complicity in this non-existent abuse. (along with the President and any one else who disagrees with her)
Say what you want about my angry and rude post, but every single word of it was true. Unlike nearly all of Pam’s comments. Pam’s pants ARE too long. Her accent IS annoying. And she has absolutely no clue what she is talking about.
Not polite, to be sure. But at least true.
There are plenty of really good progressive bloggers who are polite and respectful of the people with whom they disagree. And, to be fair, there are plenty of conservatives who are deserving of respect and politeness and are willing to engage in an honest discussion about real issues.
Pam Geller, however, is not one of the latter. So I see no reason to be the former.
I fully understand that engaging religious nuts like Pam with the standard, dreamy, unprofane and hopeful “why can’t we all just get along” progressive counterpoints leaves most bloggers on the left quite satisfied while giving them, dare I say, a smug sense of superiority.
And while I have great respect for writers who can pull this off, it doesn’t really work for me. I’m just not that good of a writer and, to be honest, I really don’t think people like Pam Geller deserve my respect or my politeness.
It seems to me that trying to engage people like Pam Geller in civil, fact-based discourse is like trying to convince a hungry tiger to use a litter box. She’s just going to eat you and then shit wherever she wants. So why bother?
I know saying things like Pam Geller is an ignorant, loud-mouthed, hate-mongering windbag may not accomplish much, but it sure does make me feel a lot better. And if a few people are offended, then so be it. I just hope one of them is Pam Geller.
I hope this clears everything up.