Stop Islamization of America

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Stop Islamization of America (SIOA) is an anti-Islam organization run by Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs and Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch. The SIOA was recently classified as a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center for its promotion of "a conspiratorial anti-Muslim agenda." [1]


Notable Activities

A June 6, 2010 rally in New York City drew 500 to protest the building of the Cordoba House mosque by Feisal Abdul Rauf two blocks away from the former site of the World Trade Center. A large number of protesters harassed two Coptic Christian men who had come to join the protest, and the two Christians had to be rescued by police. [2]

In April and May of 2010, SIOA funded "Leaving Islam?" bus advertisements in Miami and New York City. The banners, which parodied pro-Islam ads by the Islamic Circle of North America [3], purported to offer advice to Muslims considering conversion but fearing for their lives if they did convert. Miami canceled the ads, but restored them after SIOA threatened the city with a lawsuit. [4] The city of Detroit refused to run the ads and was sued by SIOA in late May 2010. [5]

Related Organizations

Geller and Spencer also run:

External Links

References

  1. Wajahat Ali, Eli Clifton, Matthew Duss, Lee Fang, Scott Keyes, and Faiz Shakir, "Fear, Inc.: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America, Center for American Progress, August 2011.
  2. Mike Kelly, On this ground, zero tolerance, North Jersey Media Group, 7 June 2010
  3. Pamela Geller, We Are Suing Miami Dade Transit for Killing Apostasy Bus Ads!, 16 April 2010
  4. Pamela Geller, SIOA Victory for Free Speech, press release, 21 April 2010
  5. Michal Elseth, Detroit Transit sued for nixing Leaving Islam ad, Washington Times, 27 May 2010