Since the latest ISIS/ISIL/IS demagoguery happened yesterday in my own backyard, 30 miles away in Garland, Texas, it behooves me to come forth and opine accordingly, with the help of a combined commentary thread from three of the best reporters of American Thinker. J.R.Dunn, Rick Moran, and Thomas Lifson all brought their expertise to the fore in three different ways, the compilation of which I will assemble in my own way.
Ignorance is believing that tens of thousands of Christians in the Middle East being murdered, raped, and put into slavery by Muslims isn’t a heinous atrocity, but cartoons in a country with Freedom of Speech is. Indeed, some may say that the only good Muslim is a dead Muslim. In that context, these two terrorists are now good Muslims. Don’t take the successful conversion of these two to indicate that such rapid conversion will always be possible, and thank God that no one else but the Muslims were killed. Thank God also that the security guard that was shot had a rapid recovery.
Hey Mr. Bush, Mr. Rubio, Mr. Boehner, Mr. McConnell, the rogue fraud “president” and scores of others, stop advocating for a porous border, expansion of the H1-B guest worker visas, and allowing the infiltration of hundreds of thousands of Muslim refugees to the United States. How about sending the best army in the world into the heartland of America to take out these Islamic Jihadist Muslim training camps for a start?? Then we can move on from there onto more serious eradications, leading all the way up to (if needed) a clinical strike to take out Mecca. This Islamic Jihadist Muslim Terrorist ideology is all about eradicating Judeo-Christianity, and the only way We The People will preserve our Western Culture is to send the demons from hell back to where they came from before THEY remove US! PERIOD. OVER. OUT.
An apparent terrorist attack yesterday on the Muhammad Art Exhibit in Garland, Texas, sponsored by longtime AT contributor Pamela Geller was defeated when the attackers were shot to death by local police.
The exhibit was organized by Geller in defiance of efforts by Jihadis and their enablers to muzzle free speech in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, along with other terrorist attacks. The First Annual Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest was hosted by the Curtis Caldwell Center, which had been the site for a “Stand with the Prophet” conference in January. Geller led a successful protest against that event, and later one-upped the conference with the art exhibit.
The exhibit was coupled with a contest for the best portrayal of Muhammad, with a prize of $10,000. Entries were accepted over the internet and the winner was to be announced at the exhibit site. (Won by Bosch Fawstin, see below). The attackers pulled up in a car in front of the center as the event was ending and opened fire on a security officer. (The officer was wounded, but not seriously.) Local police then engaged the attackers, killing them both. No injuries among the attendees have been reported.
AT readers know Pamela Geller as a tireless and courageous activist against efforts by terrorists and their apologists (both domestic and foreign) to shut down public opposition to Jihadi activities and to control the media narrative. Geller has been in the forefront of the fight to defend Western values and interests against this novel and insidious threat. This attack is clear evidence that she has been effective.
Geller has been caricatured by government figures, academics, and the legacy media – not to mention Jihadis and their collaborators – as a malcontent, racist, and crackpot deliberately instigating “fear of the other” as regards Islamist terrorism. While this attack should put an end to such slanders, we won’t be holding our breath. AT salutes Pamela for her wit, her intelligence, her astonishing energy, and her unmatchable courage. We will stand with her through whatever comes in the dangerous years ahead, and we encourage all Americans to do the same.
An Arizona man, well known to the FBI for suspected links to Islamic terrorists, has been identified as one of the gunmen who attacked the “Draw Mohammed” cartoon contest in Garland Texas. The FBI is currently searching Elton Simpson’s home, looking for clues about his accomplice. Both attackers were killed by police after firing shots at the venue where the contest was held.
From ABC News:
One of the suspects in the shooting in Garland, Texas, late Sunday has been identified as Elton Simpson, an Arizona man who was previously the subject of a terror investigation, according to a senior FBI official.
Overnight and today FBI agents and a bomb squad were at Simpson’s home in an apartment complex in north Phoenix where a robot is believed to be conducting an initial search of the apartment.
Officials believe Simpson is the person who sent out several Twitter messages prior to the attack on Sunday, in the last one using the hashtag #TexasAttack about half an hour before the shooting.
Local police said two suspects opened fire late Sunday outside a community center in Garland that was hosting an event displaying cartoons of the prophet Muhammad. One unarmed security guard was injured, but other security officers managed to fatally shoot both attackers before anyone else was hurt or killed.
Followers of ISIS had been sending messages about the event in Texas for more than a week, calling for attacks. One referenced January’s Charlie Hebdo massacre in France and said it was time for “brothers” in the United States to do their part.
Simpson was well known to the FBI. Five years ago he was convicted for lying to federal agents about his plans to travel to Africa, but a judge ruled the government did not adequately prove he was going to join a terror group there.
This is another case of “Known Wolf Terrorism,” as Patrick Poole of PJ Media puts it. Few of these attacks ever come as much of a surprise to the FBI and law enforcement authorities. Apparently knowing who the potential terrorists are isn’t enough. They must commit an overt act – an active plan for an attack or serious threat of an attack – before they can be stopped.
This is the way of it in a constitutional republic. It is deeply unsatisfying and frustrating. But the same laws that shield potential terrorists shield the rest of us as well, so about all we can do is hope that authorities can interdict these attacks before they happen. Or, as in the case of the Texas attack, kill the terrorists before they can harm civilians.
And finally, Thomas Lifson…
Bosch Fawstin, a former Muslim, won with this drawing:
Does this justify mass murder? If so, how about this?
Andres Serranos’ ‘Piss Christ” – a photo of a crucifix in a jar of urine that won a competition sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts.
All the people who will denounce Pamela Geller for sponsoring the contest in Texas should stop for a moment and consider Serrano and his many defenders and funders.
So there you have it folks, Pamela Geller is fearless. She has more spine than every male politician extant.
The brave 300 who attended the free speech event should be applauded for their patriotism and selflessness. They knowingly participated in an event that could have cost them their lives. And that’s the rub, isn’t it? That’s the unspoken, horrible shame of the matter. Everyone knew that Muslims would take offense and maybe, just maybe, launch an attack.
Over a CARTOON.
Pamela Geller was on Fox & Friends this morning. The blonde talking head disgustingly asked her if she thought there was any way she (Pamela) could have gotten the message across without offending Muslims. Pamela’s retort was priceless: “Inoffensive speech needs no protection.”
I hope this is just the first of many such contests.