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Sun, Aug 09, 2015
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The Mohammad drawing contest in Texas, that Pamela Geller initiated, has received a substantial amount of press. Even now, after the shooting, there a new contests popping up across America. Is this an expression of Free Speech? Or an unnecessary provocation? Where do we draw the line between respecting the beliefs of other and respecting our own? Two of our authors attack the subject.

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The Mohammad drawing contest in Texas, that Pamela Geller initiated was ridiculous and unnecessary. I have to wonder, what was Pamela Geller’s ultimate intention? Was it to prove something that we already are painfully aware of? Or did she want to remind us how “concerned” she was about the tragedy in Paris. If Geller began the exhibition in the name of Free Speech that would be fine, however, she seemed to have presented it out of hatred. Donald Trump said “The Freedom of speech card seems the easy exit for some who think they have the right to provoke issues. Respect and restraints are what EVERYONE needs.” I don’t’ often agree with Trump but in this instance he seems to have nailed it.

This contest was not about free speech. It was about Geller’s desire to taunt “rabid dogs” and to protect a right that has not been challenged by the law. Unfortunately to date, there has not been any significant attempt to create a law making it ILLEGAL to insult certain groups to warrant a demonstration.

Some Muslims do react violently regarding Mohammad or even when he is humorously sketched. Then, there are those who tolerant ridicule of their religious beliefs. A good example is when one of Pamela Geller’s group advertisements appeared on public transportation, depicting a man wearing a face covering with the words, ‘Killing Jews is worship that draws us close to ALAH. The slogan --- --- That’s his JIHAD--- What’s yours?’ Many people could have been outranged by this advertisement. What if they were? Could more innocent lives have been taken? So how was the Mohammad drawing contest any different? This contest was generated to ignite a fire all in the name of “free speech”. Well, the contest succeeded… The flame was indeed ignited to prove a point… but wasn’t that point already proven by the senseless murders of several innocent people at a French newspaper? Was it necessary to poke that bear yet again? Sadly the Mohammad drawing contest culminated with the murder of two innocent lives. I wonder ------- what will the consequences for Pamela Geller be?

The Mohammad drawing contest in Texas, that Pamela Geller initiated was ridiculous and unnecessary. I have to wonder, what was Pamela Geller’s ultimate intention? Was it to prove something that we already are painfully aware of? Or did she want to remind us how “concerned” she was about the tragedy in Paris. If Geller began the exhibition in the name of Free Speech that would be fine, however, she seemed to have presented it out of hatred. Donald Trump said “The Freedom of speech card seems the easy exit for some who think they have the right to provoke issues. Respect and restraints are what EVERYONE needs.” I don’t’ often agree with Trump but in this instance he seems to have nailed it.

This contest was not about free speech. It was about Geller’s desire to taunt “rabid dogs” and to protect a right that has not been challenged by the law. Unfortunately to date, there has not been any significant attempt to create a law making it ILLEGAL to insult certain groups to warrant a demonstration.

Some Muslims do react violently regarding Mohammad or even when he is humorously sketched. Then, there are those who tolerant ridicule of their religious beliefs. A good example is when one of Pamela Geller’s group advertisements appeared on public transportation, depicting a man wearing a face covering with the words, ‘Killing Jews is worship that draws us close to ALAH. The slogan --- --- That’s his JIHAD--- What’s yours?’ Many people could have been outranged by this advertisement. What if they were? Could more innocent lives have been taken? So how was the Mohammad drawing contest any different? This contest was generated to ignite a fire all in the name of “free speech”. Well, the contest succeeded… The flame was indeed ignited to prove a point… but wasn’t that point already proven by the senseless murders of several innocent people at a French newspaper? Was it necessary to poke that bear yet again? Sadly the Mohammad drawing contest culminated with the murder of two innocent lives. I wonder ------- what will the consequences for Pamela Geller be?

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