Pamela Geller, president of human rights organization American Freedom Defense Initiative, has announced a new bus and train freedom of speech ad campaign in Washington D.C. intended to “stand up to violent intimidation kicking off in the nation’s capital.”
In the announcement, Geller explained that the campaign, which will feature the winning cartoon by Bosch Fawstin, was necessary after the leftist media’s response to AFDI’s controversial “Draw Muhammad” art contest, saying “let the American people see what the cowardly press is censoring” in accordance with Sharia law:
I said in a statement: “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 depictions 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.”
Let the American people see what the cowardly press is censoring in accordance with the blasphemy laws under the sharia (Islamic law).
Geller said she submitted the ads to the D.C. MTA to appear on buses and trains in the area. Saying the jihadists are “solely” responsible for the attack in Garland, Geller called for those who defend free speech to fight the “precedent of surrendering to violent Sharia enforcement”:
It was the jihadis, not I, who made the cartoons a flash point. If we surrender on that point and stop drawing Muhammad, we’ve established a precedent of surrendering to violent Sharia enforcement, and once established, we will be made to reinforce it again and again. Islamist government is a unique threat to free speech and liberty
Freedom of speech is the foundation of a free society. Without it, a tyrant can wreak havoc unopposed, while his opponents are silenced.
Putting up with being offended is essential in a pluralistic society in which people differ on basic truths. 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 ended the announcement by calling for donations for the new campaign.