By Tammy Swofford, The Daily Times Pakistan
Cast of characters:
Council on American-Islamic Relations
Pamela Geller and the American Freedom Defense Initiative
Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) 2013
Robert Spencer: Jihad Watch
If you own the language you control the dialogue. If you control the dialogue you have the ability to censor thought. If you censor thought you can infiltrate culture. Freedom of expression remains the breastplate of our American freedom. There are many who do not understand this dynamic. They speak against the very guarantee of our liberty. For me the issue is quite simple. Freedom of expression is a process and not an outcome.
There is a war going on. It is being waged within the political trenches of our nations. This is a war birthed within a digital age. Lexicon War. It is important that there be no real winner. And it is equally important that there is no real defeat. Because when it comes to freedom of expression, the process is extremely important. But the process is always open-ended and continuing. The outcome is never fully determined.
Let's look at the latest American cast of characters. In the first Lexicon War we have CAIR v Pamela Geller. The Chicago branch of CAIR decided to run a series of advertisements as part of a bus campaign to raise the awareness of jihad as a personal and internal struggle. One ad says,"#My jihad is to stay fit despite my busy schedule. What's yours?" Not one to take it lying down, Pamela Geller mounted her own campaign in her usual trailblazing style. Her ads are all on the scale of: "Reloading, firing again, reloading, firing again, while screaming Allahu Akbar - victim of Major Nidal Hassan, Fort Hood jihad mass murderer. That's #MyJihad, what's yours?"
You say struggle. I say kill. You say jihad of the tongue. Mine is of the pen.
Also see as UPDATE: Robert Spencer to appear at CPAC after all -- as part of "Uninvited" panel - HERE