Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Pamela Geller's free speech group to post Muhammad cartoons on D.C. buses

Pamela Geller, fresh off a nationwide furor generated by her "Draw Muhammad" contest in Texas, is now planning a new wave of First Amendment messages for downtown Washington, D.C., that will feature the winning cartoon plastered on buses and trains.

The winning drawing, by Bosch Fawstin
The American Freedom Defense Initiative, the group Geller co-founded, announced the new initiative as a way of standing ground in the battle against political correctness and media censorship, particularly when it comes to showing elements of the Muslim faith.

"Because the media and the cultural and political elites continue to self-enforce the Sharia without the consent of the American people by refusing to show any depcations of Muhammad or showing what it was in Texas that had jihadists opening fire, we are running an ad featuring the winning cartoon by former Muslim Bosch Fawstin from our Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest in Garland, Texas," she wrote, in a statement posted by Breitbart.

"Let the American people see what the cowardly press is censoring in accordance with the blasphemy laws under the Sharia," she went on.

The ad campaign is targeting buses and trains in the Foggy Bottom, Capitol South, Bethesda, L'Enfant Plaza and Shady Grove stations.

"Drawing Muhammad is not illegal under American law, but only under Islamic law," she said. "We cannot submit to the assassin's veto."

Geller also reminded of the importance of freedom of speech for America's society, and said just because something is offensive, doesn't justify censorship.

"Putting up with being offended is essential in a pluralistic society in which people differ on basic truths," Geller said. "If a group will not bear being offended without resorting to violence, that group will rule unopposed while everyone else lives in fear, while other groups curtail their activities to appease the violent group. This results in the violent group being able to tyrannize the others."

Geller also said the cartoon does not incite violence, and is 'within the established American traditions of satire."

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