This past Sunday an event was held in Garland, Texas hosted by the American Freedom Defense Initiative. The affair involved cartoon artists drawing charicatures of Islam’s prophet Muhammad. Unfortunately, AFDI’s gathering was also the focus of two Islamic terrorists who swore allegiance to the group ISIS and appeared at the venue outside with rifles at ready hoping to replicate the slaughter at the Charle Hebdo headquarters in Paris, France.
Fortunately, AFDI paid for security at the meeting and the two gunmen were shot and killed before they could get inside. The event and people who organized the event have drawn the ire of many in the media station that event organizers, Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, sought to provoke the gunmen to take action. There should be no kowtowing to Islamic jihadists and others who seek to put limits on free speech. Islamic groups, like ISIS and al-Quaeda, seek to impose Sharia law onto Western countries and one of the ways they do so is by force and intimidation.
Below is a video taken at the event when the winner of the cartoon contest, Bosch Fawstin, was announced. Bosch Fawstin is an ex-Muslim and an Objectivist, respectfully, and gives a short but impassioned acceptance speech after it is announced his cartoon was given top honors. Others who spoke did so intelligently and eloquently. The speakers are absolutely correct that we should not sacrifice our freedoms out of fear of offending someone’s sensibilities since to do so will result in the end of our way of life here in the West.