The Islamic terror group ISIS took credit for the terrorist attack against a free-speech event held in Garland, Texas, NPR reported Tuesday. A day earlier, the Washington Post suggested Pamela Geller, one of the organizers of the event and a target of the terror attack, apologize.
“Pamela Geller, the woman behind the Texas cartoon contest attacked by two gunmen late Sunday, knew what she was doing when she staged the controversial event featuring irreverent depictions of the prophet Muhammad in Garland, Tex,” said Sandhya Somashekhar, the social change reporter for the Washington Post in an article headlined: “Event organizer offers no apology after thwarted attack in Texas.” Geller responded sharply to the article on her blog.
“I offer no apology?” she asked. “What apology exactly do I owe for almost being murdered?”
Geller illustrated the absurdity of the Post article with satirical headlines like, “Abraham Lincoln offers no apology after John Wilkes Booth lodges a bullet in his brain.” Another suggested headline read, “Jews offer no apology after Nazis kill six million.”
“Yes, I knew what I was doing,” Geller said. “I was standing for the freedom of speech in the teeth of violent intimidation. What the WaPo thinks I was doing, that’s another question.”
Calling the media “cowards,” Geller said the “collective” has “submitted” to Islamists and their demands while targeting American exercising their First Amendment right of free speech. “They attack, punish, and libel patriotic Americans who refuse to submit and grovel to the destroyers,” she added.
Geller, however, wasn’t finished, accusing the Post of misreporting the event. According to Somashekhar’s report, Geller “and her associates invited 200 people and hired 40 heavily armed off-duty police officers and security guards to protect them.”
Not so fast, Geller said. For starters, she said, “the American Freedom Defense Initiative was the main sponsor of the conference” while Jihad Watch was a co-sponsor.
Additionally, she said no one was invited to the event. “People bought tickets, and were buying them up to the minute the conference started, so that the Curtis Culwell Center had to set up extra tables for the overflow crowd.”
The media, as we reported earlier, has bent over backwards in an apparent effort to blame the victims for being the target of a terrorist attack. Authorities are investigating possible links to international terrorism, and clues indicate one gunman was an ISIS sympathizer. After the shooting, one ISIS propagandist tweeted: “Allahu Akbar!!!! 2 of our brothers just opened fire.” ISIS has also said more attacks are on the way.
“We say to the defenders of the cross, the U.S., that future attacks are going to be harsher and worse,” an ISIS radio announcer reportedly said. “The Islamic State soldiers will inflict harm on you with the grace of God. The future is just around the corner.”