Sunday there was another shooting in Texas. That is nothing new in and of itself, Texas is full of shootings. Hell, when I lived there, Houston led the nation in armed bank robberies. What makes this shooting newsworthy, at least in the national media and especially in the conservative media, is that this shooting took place in front of a convention center hosting an anti-Muslim cartoon contest.
The American Freedom Defense Initiative was hosting a competition for drawing the Prophet Muhammad. Now, I seriously doubt that anyone in this “competition” was attempting to show any respect for the prophet. More than likely they were mocking the prophet in their “freedom of speech” tantrum.
The American Freedom Defense Initiative is classified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group. Their leader is an avowed anti-Muslim. The contest called “Draw Muhammad” is not the first such “draw” contest this group has hosted.
“This terrible incident reflects the need for such conferences,” Geller said. “It’s illustrative of the violent assault on the freedom of speech.” Later, she added, “There is a problem in Islam, as illustrated last night, that anyone who addresses it gets attacked.”
So far, Texas officials have refused to name the suspects. CNN and ABC identified one of them as Elton Simpson. The shooters’ motive wasn’t immediately clear. Of course, ISIS claims it planned this attack. I find that hard to swallow, yet you never know.
The AFDI isn’t new to spewing hate in other ways either. They drew ire for anti-Islam ads featuring Hitler on San Francisco buses and a burning World Trade Center in New York City subways. But of course, Geller told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota in a heated discussion that she is not against Islam.
“I’m not concerned with Muslims, especially peaceful Muslims,” Geller said. “I’m anti-Jihad, and anybody who says I’m anti-Muslim is implying that all Muslims support Jihad.” She even went so far as to call herself a modern-day Rosa Parks.
However, Camerota pointed out that Geller’s selection of Dutch politician Geert Wilders as the event’s keynote speaker suggests otherwise, and read portions of his speech: “Our Judeo-Christian culture is far superior to the Islamic one,” Wilders said. “Islam does not allow free speech, because free speech shows how evil and wrong Islam is. And Islam does not allow humor, because humor shows how foolish and ridiculous it is.”
The unfortunate side of this is that Geller is correct in her belief that she has the right to spew out her hate. That is covered under the First Amendment. However, she should not spew out hate against those who disagree with her, because that is also covered under the First Amendment.
I don’t know how this is going to end up. If it comes out that the shooters were indeed angry about the contest and went there to shoot the place up, conservative media will have a field day. On the other hand, if it turns out that was not the case, conservative medial will probably say it is all an Obama cover-up.
Whenever these things happen, we are always reminded that terrorism is the sole conduct of Muslims. We all know that is not the truth, but never let the truth get in the way of a good story. There is ample proof that Christians are just as guilty of terrorism as anyone else.
Christians call it “free speech” but shouting insults and threats against women who are heading into an abortion clinic is terrorism. Following workers of abortion clinics home and shouting at them in front of their house is terrorism. Blowing up abortion clinics is terrorism. Shooting abortion doctors is terrorism. These are not fantasies, they have and are still happening.
Look, I know that shouting threats is not the same as shooting someone. But, if you are the target of those threats, you will understand what terrorism is. If you were the target of someone you don’t know following you down the street, you will understand what terrorism is. Shooting a doctor inside his church is terrorism. Why doesn’t Geller and her organization hold at Draw The Doctor Assassin” contest?
Yes, Geller and her organization have the right to spew forth their hate. Just like the other hate groups like the Aryan Nation, The KKK, The American Nazi Party and others. But, we also have the right to shout down their hate lingo. We have the right to confront their hate by calling them what they are, terrorists.
Please don’t come back at me with any of the usual moral claptrap about Muslims. Geller, her group, and all of these other “Christian” groups are nothing more than terrorists. They need to be called out as such.
More than that, they are cowards. They get others to do their bidding by filling them with hate speech. Yes, Free Speech is protected under our Constitution. However, most sane people understand that Free Speech does come with some responsibilities. Then again, no one ever accused of Geller and these hate groups of being “sane.”