Pam Geller and Islamophobes Attack Children Over School Lunches

pamela-geller-1Pam Geller is the Freakout Master of Islamophobia and anti-Muslim fear tactics. Any assertion of basic human rights and humanity by Muslims in the US becomes a chance for her to turn on the ALL-CAPS AND EXCLAMATION POINTS!!!!!!11ty!! (Thanks to Sadly, No for the reference). No school-aged Muslim child or her eating habits is safe from her unrelenting hatred and lack of logic. This time, a group of New York City students asking for lunch food options they can eat is enough to convince Pamelama Ding-Dong that Sharia Law will be enacted through the presence of Halal chicken sandwiches. Once again, Islamophobes attack children because that’s what culture warriors do.

I tend to look at these stories, these freak-outs, and ask if they matter. After all, Muslim school children shouldn’t have to center their lives around some middle aged asshole RWNJ who gets paid by the exclamation point. What Geller says doesn’t directly affect them, and I expect that they laugh at her. But then, these kind of extremist pushes tend to have a ripple effect on society – unfortunately someone in power is listening. I doubt Pam Geller herself had the ear of former New York City Mayor Bloomberg, but I also don’t discount the anti-Muslim Noize Machine in allowing him to send police to infiltrate Muslim student groups. This racist profiling is legitimized and supported by rhetoric that Ms. Geller and her hate warriors spread in the public sphere.

The relentless push to islamicize the public square, and in this case the public school, escalates in New York City.

By “islamicize” (sic. And sick), Geller means, “Allow Muslim students to be seen in broad daylight doing Muslim-y things like being seen in broad daylight and eating their weird foods!”

Fresh on the heels of Muslim school holidays comes this demand for halal food in the New York City public schools.

Would Geller freak out if Jewish kids asked for kosher lunch options? By the way, that’s all these students are asking for – options. Halal just means the food is prepared according to their religious and cultural traditions and laws. It doesn’t give the chicken super powers to turn every eater into a Secret Mooslim. For someone who calls herself “Atlas Shrugs,” after Ayn Rand, Geller’s Rationality Department is sorely empty.

According to these well-coached children…

Phil Jackson? Who coaches so well because I seriously don’t know good coaches I’m from Chicago! Van Gundy? No, but seriously, high school children are able to have wills and consciences all their own.

The vegetarian option is not sufficient because “we don’t get the protein that we need.” These kids look hardly undernourished

You can tell who’s hungry by looking at them? Let them eat cake holes! Also, screw you so very much for attacking hungry children and for promoting unhealthy body images.

and frankly, if protein is your thing, then why not bring hard-boiled eggs to school, or beef jerky?

Where are they gonna put these eggs? In their pockets?

Because it’s not about the food, it’s about Islamic supremacism.

Nah. It’s about the food. Asshole.

The fact is that the NYC school system is 10% Muslim (if that).

Sounds like you’re not sure, so perhaps you shouldn’t preface your argument with “The fact is…” But if it were ten percent, that’s a significant percentage of the population. Face it, if the Republicans in NYC high schools numbered at ten percent and didn’t get to punch minorities in the face, Pam Geller would shout about persecution. In the US, we have freedom of religion and speech to protect minority populations. From people like you.

If food choice is so important to them, why not bring their own food?


The Muslima

Pam Geller: Asshola.

claims that not having halal food and having to eat peanut butter and jelly makes her “feel different.”

High school isn’t difficult enough without you picking on her, Ms. Geller?

But the fact is that she is choosing to be different. And her community is forcing the general population to conform to their ideology.

But she’s not choosing to be an asshole. And that’s important.

But seriously, I ask how a high school student chooses her culture? Children born into Christian families tend to be Christian; children born in atheist families, atheist. Hindu families tend to raise Hindu children. That’s kind of how it goes – our religious identity tends to be, like our language, tied to our cultural and family backgrounds. The student – who is a Muslim – chooses to be respectful of her background. Maybe later she decides to abandon Islam, to continue in it, to convert, or to reconvert. It’s really none of Geller’s business. None whatsoever. The only personal choices of strangers we need worry about is whether or not that person chooses to be harmful towards others. Umamah and her friends are asking for appropriate meals in a public setting, meals in public schools that they are entitled to. It’s Geller and her colleagues who are harmful.

Please consider signing this to let these students know that we are on their side. Every student should have balanced, decent and appropriate meals so they can concentrate on being scholars.


*Halal is merely the process of preparing food according to Muslim practices, not that dissimilar from making food Kosher.


When he’s not riding both his city’s public transit system and evil mayor, Jasdye teaches at a community college and writes about the intersection of equality and faith - with an occasional focus on Chicago - at the Left Cheek blog and on the Left Cheek: the Blog Facebook page. Check out more from Jasdye in his archives as well!


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  • nikkid

    This, disgusts me. Seriously? What makes Muslim children different from non Muslim children? Why no shut catholic schools down, they do things different? People like her are sick. It horrifies me that my children have to grow up in a country where groups of people have opinions like that and feel they have the right to downgrade CHILDREN. Disgusting. All they ask for is some food. My old high school served kosher meats and everything for our 11% population of Jewish kids. Jews came from a different country too. Ugh, I’m done. Sorry guys, just made me mad.

  • Sunny Ray

    Another idiot who has too much speaking time…

  • Richard Verdejo

    Is she somehow related to the late SEN Eugene McCarthy of “Red Scare” fame?

    How is that people this idiotic, inept, paranoid, uninformed, and plain STOOOPID can find ways to keep hitting that “15mins of fame” snooze button?

  • Naysayer

    With attitudes like hers it is a wonder all Muslims do not hate America

  • David Shaw Jr

    “…forcing the general population to conform to their ideology.” Isn’t that what fundamentalist “Christians” want to do?

  • Sandy Greer

    When somebody from NYC displays Islamophobia, I always wonder if they lost somebody in the WTC. No excuse for it, of course, but I wonder how a person gets to such a state.

    Too, she’s Jewish. Could be, she’s got that whole Middle East ‘thing’ in her head (Jews good, Muslims bad) I note even some Rabbis speak against her Bigotry.

    One thing I know for sure:

    I prefer to see Hate and Bigotry displayed openly (and proudly) by The Right in this country. So we all get a good, long, look at just ‘who’ and ‘what’ they are.

    Remember where the Hate and Bigotry comes from, and take that knowledge into the voting booth with you:

    Vote ’em the Hell outta Dodge!

  • Edward Krebbs

    There is precedent for the students. Am I the only one who remembers fish sticks on Friday (even thought the percent of Catholics in my school was less than 1%) ?

    And what in Halal somehow adulterates the chicken so that it is less than a chicken to the non-muslim students ? If anything, it means the chicken had better care than the stock chicken.

  • Edward Krebbs

    Dumb Question: How many schools are serving something “Irish” today ? And that isn’t even to meet any religious beliefs. Plus how many kids are “pure” Irish in these schools ?

  • Jim Bean

    Liberals hate Christians because they believe in God and occasionally dis homosexuality. Liberals love Muslims despite the fact that they disrespect women, kill homosexuals, and believe in God. Yup. Makes all the sense in the world to me.