Pamela Geller: I’m Never Going To Give Up (Video)

Eric Bolling, filling in for Hannity, made note of new revelations that the FBI had information about the impending attack hours before it happened, and asked if the agency had warned Geller about it.

“No, they did not tell us that, Geller replied, “and I believe that the FBI has been disarmed in the information battle-space because Islamic-supremacist groups like CAIR have demanded and gotten experts in Jihadist doctrine…”

“You think the influence of CAIR is influencing what the FBI does, ” Bolling interjected.

“Unquestionably,” Geller replied. She argued that great Islamic scholars who used to advise on the Islamic threat have been shut down.

“If you don’t know who the enemy is – how can you find them?” Geller asked.

She said the American people “have to put their own safety in their own hands.”

She continued, “the reason I did this cartoon and art exhibit – it was an art exhibit, too by the way – nobody talks about that. Why is that important? Because for 1,400 years, Mohammed was depicted and they weren’t killing anybody. Why are they killing everybody, now? Because they’re imposing the sharia. This is the question America faces. Will we submit to the sharia or will we stand for our basic principles?”

Bolling asked if in the wake of the attack and threats on her life, she will “lay low” or do another cartoon contest.

If I lay low, I’ve given up. It’s like the (Charlie) Hebdo cartoonist who said he won’t draw another Mohammed cartoon. I’m never going to give up. I’m never going to give up my freedom, I’m never going to give up the fight.

She added, “for everything people are saying in the media, I’m getting tens of thousands of emails of support…There’s a dichotomy between what the media is saying and what the American people are feeling.”

Bolling also had on NRO columnist, David French to discuss his excellent column, “I’m more hateful than Pamela Geller.”

“It is astonishing to me that we’re having thousands and thousands of words commentary after a woman is nearly killed with all of her friends and supporters and that commentary is focusing on whether she talks about these genocidal jihadists with enough nuance. It makes no sense what-so-ever,” French said.

SEE ALSO:

David French, NRO: Pamela Geller’s Critics Are Proving Her Point:

Geller’s critics should spare us all the high-minded rhetoric about tolerance and liberty and “democratic values.” In a continent-sized nation of more than 300 million souls, “offensive” speech is always happening. Geller’s speech is different not because it’s uniquely insensitive or even uniquely “hateful.” Her speech is different because it makes people afraid.

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/418058/pamela-gellers-critics-are-proving-her-point-david-french

The Council Has Spoken!! Our Watcher’s Council Results

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The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up.

“One of the problems with defending free speech is you often have to defend people that you find to be outrageous and unpleasant and disgusting.” – Salman Rushdie

My belief is that art should not be comforting; for comfort, we have mass entertainment and one another. Art should provoke, disturb, arouse our emotions, expand our sympathies in directions we may not anticipate and may not even wish.” – Joyce Carol Oates

Those who claim to be hurt by words must be led to expect nothing as compensation. Otherwise, once they learn they can get something by claiming to be hurt, they will go into the business of being offended. – Jonathan Rauch

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This week’s Watcher of Weasels winning essay,The Right Planet’sGarland and the Moral Equivalency Penchant is his examination of the recent terrorist attack in Garland and what the divide in the reaction reveals about our present attitudes on free speech and freedom of expression..especially when it comes to Islam. Here’s a slice:


Two Muslim terrorists were killed after firing on a security guard outside a Draw Mohammad Contest in Garland, Texas, on Sunday. NBC News reported the two assailants were roommates from Phoenix, according to Buzzfeed News.

The attackers have been identified as Elton Simpson, 30, and his roommate, 34-year-old Nadir Hamid Soofi. Simpson had been under investigation by the FBI for the past 10 years.

Like clockwork a number of Muslims and liberals, et al., saved their moral outrage for the those who hosted and attended the Muhammad Art Exhibit, yet not so much the two unhinged individuals who attempted to indiscriminately murder people because they were “offended.”

Pamela Geller, who headlined the “art exhibit” in Garland, addressed the whole moral equivocation argument we so often hear from liberals and Muslims in an interview CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, who suggested offensive anti-Islamist speech should not be allowed in modern-day Western society.

Like clockwork a number of Muslims and liberals, et al., saved their moral outrage for the those who hosted and attended the Muhammad Art Exhibit, yet not so much the two unhinged individuals who attempted to indiscriminately murder people because they were “offended.”

Pamela Geller, who headlined the “art exhibit” in Garland, addressed the whole moral equivocation argument we so often hear from liberals and Muslims in an interview CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, who suggested offensive anti-Islamist speech should not be allowed in modern-day Western society.

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Some have compared this sort of moral equivocation, as evidenced in the Tweet above by a NYT reporter, to a woman who dresses provocatively and is subsequently raped: “Well, she had it coming.” And there is no shortage of similar examples of this sort of nonsense and equivocation (see here).

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I’m sure we all have been offended by something in our lives, maybe even greatly offended. I can think of few art exhibits, movies, concerts, and the like, I’ve attended that were so far over the top I simply walked out. Yes, I was offended. But I didn’t come back with a gun and start blowing people away because I was greatly offended. As much as I have found some things offensive, people have a right to be offensive, as long as it doesn’t infringe on the unalienable rights of others or cause them grievous harm.

For example, some gay pride parades, and similar events, are often times intentionally provocative. If you have children, you may not want them exposed to such blatant over-the-top sexuality and nudity. But, once again, obviously it does not give anyone the right to kill the people participating in such events because one might be disgusted or outraged. Think about it: if two people shot up a gay pride parade, would your initial response be to question the “common sense” of the parade?

More at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Michelle Malkin’s Debunking Obama’s Bilious Baltimore Babble submitted by Don Surber. It’s a superb skewering that shows no mercy to our president’s usual attempt to excuse the inexcusable.

Here are this week’s full results. Ask Marion and The Independent Sentinel were unable to vote this week, but neither was subject to the usual 2/3 vote penalty for not voting :

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

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