Pamela Geller is one America’s leading conservative bloggers and activists, playing an instrumental role — along with Robert Spencer — in the so-called “counter-jihad” movement. Working with Robert Spencer, Geller heads the organization The American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), which runs the notorious Stop Islamization of America (SIOA) program. Although the organization operates under the guise of protecting free speech and promoting equality, the Southern Poverty Law Center, according to CNN, “lists the American Freedom Defense Initiative as an active anti-Muslim group in its ‘Extremist Files’ database.” Although Geller claims that she has "no problem with Islam. I have a problem with political Islam," the SPLC says that Geller is “the anti-Muslim movement’s most visible and flamboyant figurehead.” One of her most controversial anti-Muslim provocations was her placement of Islamophobic subway ads, which was roundly condemned by civil rights activists such as Muneer Awad.
Pamela Geller is extremely active on Twitter and, with her work at AFDI and SIOA, she continues to try to influence the government to implement anti-Muslim measures.
Geller has a penchant for using conspiracy theories and sham scholarship to advance her anti-Muslim agenda. Using this patina of expertise, she tries to legitimate her bigoted characterization of Islam as a hyper-violent ideology that is trying to slaughter Jews and Westerners.
"Rather than relying on scholarship for substantive arguments against Islam, Geller often resorts to shock-value through outlandish statements. She has falsely claimed that President Obama is a Muslim with the aim of fostering America’s submission to Islam; Arabic is not a language but ‘the spearhead of an ideological project that is deeply opposed to the United States’; Hitler and Nazism were inspired by Islam (therefore ‘devout Muslims should be prohibited from military service’); that ‘Islam is the most anti-Semitic, genocidal ideology in the world’; called for the removal of the Dome of the Rock from the Temple Mount in Jerusalem; bought bus ads offering Muslims an opportunity to leave Islam; and called for boycotts of both Campbell’s soup and Butterball turkeys for offering a certified 'halaal' food line."
"I don't think that many westernized Muslims know when they pray five times a day that they're cursing Christians and Jews five times a day. … I believe in the idea of a moderate Muslim. I do not believe in the idea of a moderate Islam."
“This is Sharia going global. They are using local Muslims the world over to demand Sharia adherence by corporations and by the marketplace.This is slowly leading to Nuremberg like Jewish laws as products are being branded as Jewish.”
“Stop the Islamisation of Europe held a rally protest in what can only be described as an Islamic fortress in the heart of Harrow. I strongly urged Jews to attend. Islamic anti-semitism is more poisonous, more dangerous than even Nazism was to the Jews. This promise of Jewish genocide is made ‘sacred’ by Islamic texts.”
“It’s more of imposing Islam on the secular marketplace. Whether it’s in the workplace, whether it’s in the school. Islamic supremacism is what it is. You have even in Canada, the Mounties, they’re designing a police officer’s uniform with a hijab. This is Islamic supremacism. You know, Jewish law pertains only to Jews, canon law pertains only to Christians, but Sharia, Islamic law, asserts its authority over non-Muslims. This is the problem and this is something that is never discussed.”
After the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, law enforcement agents said the culprits were targeting Geller. Geller responded by calling for a “showdown” with the Islamic world.
"They targeted me for violating Sharia blasphemy laws. They mean to kill everyone who doesn't do their bidding and abide by their law voluntarily. (...) This is a showdown for American freedom. Will we stand against this savagery or bow down to them and silence ourselves?"
Geller posted anti-Muslim posters in New York subway stations.
“The outspoken blogger and Executive Director of the American Freedom Defense Initiative has just purchased a slew of advertising space in several subway stations and on numerous Metro-North platforms in order to display her newest anti-Islam message. Her latest ads, shared exclusively with The Observer, will feature a panorama of the sky the moment the World Trade Center burst into flames in 2001, accompanied by a quote from the Quran that reads ‘Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers.”
Geller tried to have a school shooting conspiracy theorist on a panel she was hosting at CPAC 2018.
“...Pamela Geller, the radical anti-Muslim activist who was organizing a discussion on the ‘suppression of conservative views on social media,’ canceled her event over being asked by the American Principles Project, the organization sponsoring the panel, to remove Jim Hoft as a speaker after he spread conspiracy theories about a student survivor of last week's Florida shooting.”
In 2017, Geller fought against a Muslim rights group and won the right to post more anti-Muslim advertisements in the New York subway system.
“Conservative firebrand Pamela Geller has won a round with the MTA over her efforts to plaster city buses with ads promoting a new film that criticizes Muslims. The new ads announce the release of ‘Can't We Talk About This? The Islamic Jihad Against Free Speech,’ a film that details efforts by international organizations to compel the U.S. and other Western countries to curtail freedom of speech and criminalize criticism of Islam, according to Geller.”
Geller recently wrote an article titled “Islamizing the Schools: The Case of West Virginia,” which forwarded a conspiracy theory that schools were becoming “Islamized” because students were asked to practice Islamic calligraphy.
“This is an outrage, but it is common nationwide: the Daily Caller News Foundation reports that Mountain Ridge Middle School in West Virginia is ‘instructing junior high students to write the Islamic profession of faith ostensibly to practice calligraphy.’ Students are made to write out the Shahada, which states: "There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah." This is exactly what I warned about in my book, Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance, in the chapter ‘The Mosqueing of the Public Schools.’ In order to convert to Islam, one says the shahada. Saying the shahada makes you a Muslim. The shahada is what is on the black flag of jihad.”
Geller said, “Muslim immigration is tied directly to Islamic terror.”
“Muslim immigration is tied directly to Islamic terror. If there’s no Muslim immigration, you would not have Islamic terror. The more Muslim immigration, the more Islamic terror you have, and the more of the Muslim zones — these no-go zones. Europe is a cautionary tale.”
In recent years, Geller has stayed in touch with John Bolton, who is now Trump’s National Security Advisor and one of the most influential Islamophobes in the world.
“Pamela Geller, a well-known anti-Islam activist, says she has had ‘positive’ interactions in recent years with John Bolton, President Donald Trump's new national security adviser, who has publicly associated with Geller in the past. In an email to Business Insider, Geller called Bolton ‘a fierce patriot who will do what it takes to defend the nation, and who has a clear and accurate understanding of the nature and magnitude of the threats facing us."