WASHINGTON, May 6, 2015 – Anjem Choudary announced on Twitter today that he will be appearing on the Fox News show “Hannity” to debate with Pamela Geller. In various ways, Hannity, Geller and Choudary espouse the same message, that Islam is a barbaric, backwards religion that cannot be compatible with the West. Consequently, most America Muslim organizations, leaders and community members denounce all three in the same manner.
Choudary is a self-styled “Imam” in London, where he preaches love for extremist groups such as ISIS, Al Qaeda and other terror organizations. At the same time, he also teaches hatred for Western values and governments.
Among his more infamous quotes are “I must have hatred toward everything not-Islam” and “Terrorizing the enemy is in fact part of Islam. I mean this is something that we must embrace and understand as far as the jurisprudence of Islam is concerned.”
Such viewpoints have earned Choudary the ire of the Muslim community, who view him as an illegitimate imam. Many in the Muslim community openly condemn Choudary as a “deviant.” Ironically, the vast majority of Muslims condemn Choudary’s words, behavior and attitudes as un-Islamic.
The Facebook group “Muslims against Anjem Choudary” has thousands of members, and the Guardian ran a story in 2013 about Muslim opposition to repeated interviews of Anjem Choudary on BBC.
“Muslim organisations are to ask the director general of the BBC to explain the decision to broadcast an interview with an extremist preacher with close links to one of Lee Rigby’s killers,” reported the Guardian.
The Telegraph piled on to the criticism, saying of him, “He speaks for a minority of British Muslims, yet likes to bandy the word ‘Muslim’ around as though he owns it. He deliberately enrages non-Muslims, since he seeks the oxygen – not only of publicity – but of conflict. And after Choudary has been rattling on, someone else (in this case Lord Carlile) will inevitably appear to say that British Muslims really need to do and say more to condemn this kind of extremism.”
The Independent rounded out the complaints: “Moderate Muslim organisation and MPs attacked the BBC for allowing him airtime, and David Cameron said, ‘He is a minority of a minority of a minority and I think he should be treated appropriately.’”
A spokesman for the Muslim Council of Britain told the Independent, “Mr. Choudary is a self-serving publicity seeker and the BBC was unwise to give him so much airtime, unchallenged. He relies on the oxygen of publicity to influence impressionable young people at the margins of society.”
Ironically, Pamela Geller espouses a similar viewpoint of Islam. In a 2010 interview with the New York Times, she said, “I do not believe in the idea of a moderate Islam.”
Atlas Shrugs reported another Geller quotation as this: “Muslims have no right to invoke Moses and Abraham. This is a delegitimization of Judaism. It is offensive and vile. And while Jesus is not my guy, the same thing goes for him. It is a delegitimization of Christianity. These are not Muslim prophets.”
The Southern Poverty Law Center says, “Pamela Geller is the anti-Muslim movement’s most visible and flamboyant figurehead. She’s relentlessly shrill and coarse in her broad-brush denunciations of Islam and makes preposterous claims, such as that President Obama is the ‘love child’ of Malcolm X.
“She makes no pretense of being learned in Islamic studies, leaving the argumentative heavy lifting to her Stop Islamization of America partner Robert Spencer. Geller has mingled comfortably with European racists and fascists, spoken favorably of South African racists, defended Serbian war criminal Radovan Karadzic and denied the existence of Serbian concentration camps.”
According to Atlas Shrugs, Geller has also said “Hussein [meaning President Obama] is a muhammadan. He’s not insane … he wants jihad to win.”
Sean Hannity has ferociously condemned Choudary on multiple occasions, yet after every explosive debate, where Hannity denounces Choudary and his message, Choudary is once again invited to the popular Fox News show.
Many speculate that Choudary would have a significantly smaller following and impact if he were not repeatedly given a platform on Fox News to promote his extremist worldview.
Including tonight’s episode, Choudary will have appeared on Hannity’s show four times in the last 10 months. Choudary has been invited back on every previous occasion, despite Hannity’s insistence that he views Choudary as repugnant.
If history is any indication, Hannity will angrily denounce Choudary tonight, and then invite him to appear on the show again sometime before the end of the summer.