Pamela Geller and her group ‘American Freedom Defense Initiative’ have been the center of controversy this week because of the happenings in Garland, Texas…controversy over her right to free speech…controversy over her right to hold an event depicting the ‘so-called’ prophet muhammad in cartoon form. And we all know by now the unfolding chain of events that led to the rightful deaths of two homegrown muslim islamic terrorists that were hell-bent on murdering Pamela and other innocents in attendance. And while Pamela’s detractors say she is a true instigator of hate, the ISIS fatwa shows to what extent those who wish to kill us all will go to in their effort to reach that nefarious goal.
“We incited no one. We didn’t call for violence, justify violence, or approve of violence,” was Pamela’s response adding that, “No one is forced to kill for being insulted. Those who choose to do so are responsible for their actions. No one else is.” And how right Pamela is for one major problem facing American society today is the ‘so-called’ passing of the buck in the refusal of many…especially those who ‘behave badly’…to take responsibility for their own actions.
But what remains the touch point of this entire incident is ‘We the People’s’ right to free speech…Pamela’s right, your right, and my right to say what we think without being slammed or threatened by those on the kumbaya left who sympathize with the enemy or by those ‘supposedly’ on our side who in reality are anything but. And being that the right to free speech is both afforded us and protects us as per the First Amendment to the Constitution, the Supreme Court still at times addresses the question of what exactly constitutes ‘protected speech’…interpreting those words to mean that NO ‘arm’ of the government…neither federal nor state…can abridge or deny the right to free speech. Simply, the bottom line remains that “Congress shall make no law…abridging freedom of speech”…period
And that freedom includes the right to engage in ‘symbolic’ speech as per Texas v. Johnson, 491 U.S. 397 (1989) and United States v. Eichman 496 U.S. 310 (1990)…and what are cartoons but individual or collective ‘symbols’ of people, thoughts, convictions, or ideas. But the basis of free speech goes back to James Madison who proposed the notion of ‘freedom of speech’ when addressing the First Congress on June 8, 1789.
In an address that adhered to the Founder’s belief against minimizing the limits of what people could say coupled with their belief that open exchanges of ideas would encourage tolerance among people of opposing views…Madison proposed two separate phrases about the ‘freedom of speech’ be added to the Constitution, with the first phrase being that, “The people shall not be deprived or abridged of their right to speak, to write, or to publish their sentiments; and the freedom of the press, one of the great bulwarks of liberty, shall be inviolable,” and with the second phrase being that, “No state shall violate the equal rights of conscience, or of the press.” Madison’s first proposal was incorporated into the First Amendment while his second proposal, rejected at first, became part of the Bill of Rights a century later…after the 14th Amendment was enacted…and remains so to this day NO matter that the media and the ‘blue’ states seem NOT to have any conscience at all when it concerns the free speech of conservatives.
NO conscience at all when conservatives like Pamela Geller…who is in the forefront of pointing out the dangers that ‘so-called’ radical islam…complete with the abomination known as Sharia Law…pose to our country…dares to speak her mind and hold an event that refuses to embrace the left’s and the media’s placating the wishes of the muslim occupying the White House…wishes that include acceptance of an ideology counter to all our American values, morals, and ideals. And of course the administration, the media, the left, and some on the right, refuse to accept that others may hold and express beliefs different than their own, and so they start attacking the messenger instead of attacking those who deserve to be attacked…as in ‘those out to kill us all.’
And one of the saddest things in this ongoing debate over Pamela Geller’s right to free speech happens to revolve around those we thought were on our side…those who continue to criticize Pamela for putting on an event they claim she knew would be incendiary…an event they say defames and mocks all muslims for the actions of a few. And people like FOX’s Bill O’Reilly do NOTHING but add fuel to this rhetoric’s fire with his expressing disdain over Pamela’s inviting people to draw mohammad, deliberately, according to him, provoking muslims in such a manner that she brought the attack upon herself. And why…because as per O’Reilly she knew that any depiction of muhammad is a ‘supposed’ sin to those who practice islam. Adding that Pamela’s event was NOT about free speech, O’Relly bloviated that it had everything to do with behavior…Pamela’s behavior NOT the behavior of those who ended up as chalk silhouettes on a sidewalk outside the event
And to that I say NO way as O’Reilly and his ‘supposedly’ on our side bunch who are anything but are ignorant to the fact that the people they’re defending are the very same people who cut others heads off simply for being Christians or Jews…need I say more. These are who they defend when they should be heralding those, like Pamela Geller, who speak out against these very savages and the things they do.
And as for those on the left who say this event in its artistic criticism of muhammad borders on…if NOT outright is…a form of ‘hate speech’…speech NOT protected under the First Amendment…critics like Evan Kohlmann, NBC’s terrorism expert, who on ‘Hardball’ said Pamela and her supporters are “trying to provoke a response from the Muslim community, and unfortunately, this was predictable” ...just do NOT get that Pamela’s event actually helps to protect their right to freely criticize both her and her event without fear of physical reprisal…without fear of having a fatwa placed on their oh so cowardly heads.
And with muslim placators ignoring our Constitutionally afforded right to speak freely against islam, whether through a cartoon event or through pen to paper, comes a nightmare from which ‘We the People’ might NEVER wake up. Now having federal attorney’s looking at ways muslim civil rights might have been violated by those posting inflammatory or negative words against either islam or muslims on social media…social media like facebook…Obama says the Federal government may have the right…the legal right…to imprison those exercising their First Amendment right to criticize, mock, or even insult those with their butts up in the air facing East.
NOT giving a damn about the growing persecution of Christians and Jews both here in America and worldwide, Obama and crew are holding an event on June 4th called ‘Public Disclosure in a Diverse Society’…anything but coincidentally on the same day as he is set to give away part of our Second Amendment rights by signing the U(seless) N(ations) Small Arms Treaty. This event will ‘supposedly’ focus on muslim culture (a culture of savage barbarism if you ask me) and how that ‘supposed’ culture is NO different than that of any other peaceful culture or religion, clearly ignoring the fact that nearly all terrorist acts to date have been committed in the name of islam…in the name of allah…including the attack on an innocuous cartoon event. And with Obama and his media cohorts clearly trying to promote islam…choosing to protect islamist’s First Amendment rights but NOT the rights of American like Pamela Geller…he and the media forget that islam is truly offensive to we Americans, our American culture, and our American way of life
And now with muslims here in our country having been emboldened by Obama’s demands that America cater and bow down to those who issued a fatwa on a patriot’s head, the Obama regime nor the FBI lifts NOT a finger to protect Pamela Geller from the savages out to kill her. And the media is complicit in spewing the hate against Pamela and in turning the First Amendment into empty words written long ago in a document called the Constitution that thanks to Obama seems NO longer to be the law of our land.
And know that we must stand up for free speech…we must stand up for the Constitution…and we must NEVER allow those in power to make us afraid to criticize a ‘supposed’ religion responsible for so much death and suffering throughout the world. And, most importantly, we must understand that if a patriot like Pamela Geller can be turned into the villain by a regime and its media cohorts, then what happened to Pamela will happen again…I just wonder who among us will be next.
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