This poster will appear Monday in 10 NYC subway stations. It is sponsored by Pamela Geller who writes a blog called Atlas Shrugs. Ms. Geller obtained a court order forcing the MTA to allow the poster to appear. The MTA has long allowed all sorts of anti-Israel ads and posters in the subway, and Geller’s lawsuit was based upon her first amendment right to free speech.
The 12-minute video below is the complete CNN interview of Geller by Erin Burnett. If you believe that murdering innocent civilians is not defensible as religious practice, it will turn your stomach. Erin Burnett drips with slobbering devotion in defense of IslamIc Jihad. The ground zero Mosque is her cause célèbre. She takes umbrage as Geller’s use of the word “savage” in her poster ad, claiming that Geller is attacking the Muslim religion. Geller points out that she is focusing on terrorists. The fact that nearly all terrorists at the present time happen to be Muslims does not make her poster an attack on all Muslims. This does not mollify Burnett in the least. The interview gets hot at that point. The term “savage” means “cruel and vicious” in most dictionaries. Erin Burnett’s dictionary says “Uncivilized and barbarous.” Not much of a difference if you ask me, but here is the transcript:
EB: OK, let me ask you about this issue about savages again, because I think that is part of the problem here. At least — when people look at that ad — it is a word chosen – will you admit this? – to make people recoil and pay attention.
EB: To poke up. To perk up and say, Look at this.
PG: No, it’s an accurate word. The definition of savage works, because any war on innocent civilians is savagery. Would you call those that beheaded a colleague, Daniel Pearl, savages?
EB: I would call them murderers.
PG: You wouldn’t call them savages? I would. I would call them savages. I would call Nazis, that slaughtered millions and millions of Jews and gypsies and homosexuals, I would call them savages. So I think now it’s not arbitrary: I think when you go to a dictionary and you look up what savage means, and that’s the definition –
EB: Uncivilized and barbarous.
PG: That’s right.
Watch the whole video, it’s riveting:
One marvels at the slavish defense the liberals in the legacy media are willing to make for the most heinous of murderous attacks by Muslim terrorists against unarmed civilians, including women and children. Arguing over the word “savage” has got to take the top award for silliness in the media. If the beheading of Daniel Pearl was not savage one wonders just what Erin Burnett would ever be willing to call savage.
Actually, the explanation for such liberal nonsense may be quite as simple as “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.” Liberals like Burnett fear and hate conservatives more than Islamic terrorists. Terrorism is something that threatens other people, people they don’t know and who are far away. [even though they weren’t very far away on 9/11] But conservatives are an immediate threat to the status and power of liberals. Thus, it is conservatives who present a clear and present danger, in Erin Burnett’s fogged-up brain.
UPDATE: Here is the audio of the BBC Radio interview of Pamela Geller in which Ms. Geller is accused by CAIR of being a racist because, the word “savage” is racist. Oh yeah, we all knew that didn’t we. It is now established that when the race card is continually played in situations where no one race is of the slightest relevance, then the one who is called racist automatically stands the higher ground. Here’s the audio, 6 minutes long: