(PHOENIX, AZ, 10/27/2014) — The Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-AZ) is calling on East Valley High School in Mesa, Ariz., to ensure student safety by canceling tonightâ€™s appearance by anti-Muslim hate group leader Pamela Geller, who warned “troublemakers” who attend the event, “Trust me — you are going down first.”
In a post yesterday advertising the event, which is sponsored by the Tea Party group Arizona Red Mountain Patriots, Geller wrote:
“As for the troublemakers and those threats from Islamic thugs and goons — we have armed security, plus it's a gun state — plenty of patriots with protection, including me. Trust me — you are going down first.”
“With all the horrific shootings we have seen recently nationwide, including in the last few days in Washington state, it would be irresponsible for school officials to allow an event at which the sponsors and the speaker may be armed in violation of federal law and have apparently threatened 'troublemakers,'” said CAIR-AZ President Imraan Siddiqi.
Siddiqi noted that federal law prohibits anyone from carrying a weapon in a school zone without authorization, subject to some narrow exceptions, andÂ it is a violation for anyone other than a police officer or a school security guard to discharge a firearm in a school zone for any reason.
Geller's organization, Stop the Islamization of America (SIOA), is designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). SPLC also named Geller as a member of the “anti-Muslim inner circle.”
She wasÂ the subject ofÂ a CAIR “Islamophobe profile“Â documenting the individuals and organizations involved in spreading anti-Muslim bias in the United States. CAIR alsoÂ listed herÂ as a member of the “inner core” of those promoting anti-Muslim bigotry.
Her group was denied a trademarkÂ after an appeals court ruled that the name disparaged Muslims.
Geller has bragged online that she uses a Quran, Islam's holy text, as a doorstop and posted a video on her personal website that claims Muslims have sex with goats. Her hate blog was cited by Anders Breivik, the terrorist who killed more than 70 people in two attacks in Norway, in his manifesto justifying his attacks.
She has falsely claimed that “Hitler and the Nazis were inspired by Islam” and that Islam “mandates” lies and deception. She has also posted images on her blog that include a fake photograph of then Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan in a Nazi uniform, another fake image of President Obama urinating on an American flag, and drawings purporting to depict Islam's Prophet Muhammad as a pig.
Another image posted by Geller, headlined “Piss Be Upon Him,” showed one of the controversial Danish cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad covered in urine. (“Piss Be Upon Him” is designed to mock the traditional phrase “Peace Be Upon Him” that Muslims use when mentioning any prophet of God, including Abraham and Jesus.)
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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CONTACT: CAIR-AZ Civil Rights Coordinator Liban Yousuf, 602-312-2223, Lyousuf@cair.com; CAIR-AZ President Imraan Siddiqi, email@example.com; CAIR Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia Director Corey Saylor, 202-384-8857, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com; CAIR Communications Manager Amina Rubin, 202-341-4171, firstname.lastname@example.org