Just the act of hosting a Muhammad cartoon contest was enough to drive two gunmen to commit an act of Islamic terrorism at a Texas event on Sunday.
This is what the radical Muslims were trying to prevent from going public:
The Federalist Papers reported on the winning cartoon and asked the question, “Does this cartoon justify mass murder?”
Pamela Geller is planning a “Draw the Prophet” event in Garland, Texas in the same location as a Muslim group held a “Stand with the Prophet” conference in January. The First Annual Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest will be hosted by the Curtis Caldwell Center, which is owned and operated by the Garland Independent School District.
Geller’s event comes on the wake of the Islamic terrorist attack on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo in January. Following the attack, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) scheduled the “Stand with the Prophet” conference at the public school district’s conference center. Geller, the President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), scheduled a protest outside the event that was attended by approximately 2,000 people.
A New York Times reporter questioned those who would commit such an act of religious offense:
The commenters were quick to note the hypocrisy:
It may be that while some people cannot fathom doing something so provocative as offending Muslims, the idea of offending Christians doesn't even cause the same people to bat an eye.
It's probably because there are Muslim radicals who will shoot and kill those who offend their religion, like at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris or with the shooting at Garland, Texas - which led to the deaths of the two gunmen and the wounding of a security officer.
There are many Americans who will not cower to violent extortion and will offend those who are attacking their culture in defense of free speech. That doesn't mean one has to like the 'offensive' content, but it's in the interest of all to defend the principle of free speech.
Editor's note: This article was updated after publication.