Today, the Maryland Conservative Action Network (MDCAN) is hosting a daylong conference in
Unfortunately, instead of selecting a legitimate conservative activist as headline speaker, MDCAN has chosen Pamela Geller, the leader of a designated hate group and one of America's most virulent Islamophobes.
Ms. Geller has most recently received media attention for posting inflammatory ads in metro stations across the country equating Muslims with savages and inciting hatred and fear of Muslims post-Sept. 11. She heads Stop the Islamization of America (SIOA), which the Southern Poverty Law Center considers a hate group.
Ms. Geller bragged online that she uses a Quran, Islam's holy text, as a doorstop. Two hotels in Texas and Tennessee canceled contracts to host events at which Ms. Geller was scheduled to speak because of her controversial reputation. Mr. Geller has claimed that "Hitler and the
Disturbingly, this is not the first time MDCAN has invited guest speakers who are well-known bigots and anti-Muslim fanatics and who aggressively advocate against religious and ethnic minorities. The troubling list of speakers at past MDCAN events includes Frank Gaffney, another well-known Islamophobe who was extensively cited, along with Ms. Geller, by
Without question, we at the Maryland chapter of the
The writer is vice-president of the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Maryland.