GOP Rep. Defends Anti-Islam Tea Party Speaker
10/07/2011 | News in Media/Site Watch
Rep. Steven King (R-Iowa) has rejected calls by a Muslim rights organization to drop out of a Tennessee Tea Party convention this weekend because of the participation of an activist-blogger who’s railed against Islam. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) pressed Tea Party organizers to disinvite Pamela Geller, head of the group Stop the Islamization of America, and asked King to cancel his participation in the event if she remained on the program.
Calling Islam "the religion of barbarism" that "inspired Hitler and the Nazis," Geller has used her blog to assail this religion. She has claimed that President Barack Obama is “a muhammadan…who wants jihad to win" and recently posted cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed as a pig with the words "Piss Be Upon Him," as CAIR cites in its statement on Geller. She is scheduled to present the Tea Partiers a lecture on the "Threat of Islam."