The Toronto Board of Rabbis (TBR) expresses its profound disappointment that a local Jewish organization has extended an invitation to Pamela Geller, a blogger who is known for her extreme criticism of Muslims in language that is intended to shock and ridicule.
The TBR is a strong supporter of freedom of speech for all, including Ms. Geller. Ms. Geller’s voice and message are already well known here in Canada and beyond. There was no sense in inviting her here to Toronto to speak before a Jewish audience. Sadly the only sure result of this event will be increasing tensions within the Jewish community and between Jews and Muslims in Toronto.
The TBR, which represents rabbis from all denominations of Judaism, wishes to make clear to all that it finds the invitation distasteful, just as it finds Ms. Geller’s views distasteful. We dissociate ourselves from the actions of the radical fringe Jewish group that extended the invitation. We call for more events here in Toronto that will build up friendship and understanding between local Jews and Muslims.Allow me to express my profound disappointment that a local body of Jewish rabbis has, in a shocking dereliction of duty to the community it serves, chosen the smoke and mirrors--the fraud--of interfaith pieties over freedom. The freedom to condemn the Jew-hate embedded in core Islamic texts. The freedom to criticize grotesque and gruesome Islamic practices--honour killings, the obliteration of female sexual organs, Medieval punishments for apostasy and other "crimes." And above all--and I would suggest that this is what sets the West apart from lands where Islam calls the shots--the freedom to shock and ridicule, to be saucy and rude, to poke fun at tyrants both petty and great, to "blaspheme," to blow a big fat, wet raspberry at those dhimmified mice who would silence us in the name of inter-cultural amity and at the false friends they are so desperate to mollycoddle and mollify.
In the war that's raging between freedom and dhimmitude, I, like Ms. Geller, and like all those who were there last night to hear her, choose freedom. That the Toronto Board of Rabbis has decided that groveling and pusillanimity are the way to go tells you everything you need to know about the "sha shtill" mentality that yet pervades and perverts mainstream Jewish leadership in Canada.
Update: BCF taped the speech that the spineless Toronto Board of Rabbis pre-condemned. There is not an iota of hate in it, but as Geller herself observed, in our time, Hashem help us, "the truth is hate speech," and those with the chutzpah to speak it are branded "haters" and "kooks."
Update: The spineless rabbis do know that Jew-hate is all the rage in Toronto, don't they? Do they really believe they can wish it away via interfaith bromides and sucking up to their Muslim "friends"? If so, they are as stupid as they are supine.
Update: Funny how the spineless rabbis slam Geller but have nothing much to say about the Zionhass on display with depressing regularity at Toronto's zany Beit Zatoun. (Question: who's funding this bastion of Zion-loathing? Marxists? Islamists? Both?)