Texas: Free Expression?

Pamela Geller, 56, left her anonymity behind this week after organizing a contest in Dallas, Texas that included caricatures of the prophet Muhammad, and ended in a shooting where the two aggressors died. The contest was designed to mock the symbols of Islam with the representations of the prophet and, as was expected, triggered the anger of Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, two Muslim fanatics who were shot by police. Geller –blogger and co-founder of the American Freedom Defense Initiative – argues that the United States must stop the “Islamization of the country” and the advance of Sharia law. Those who defend her assure that her act reaffirms the right to free expression established in the First Amendment of the Constitution. Her arguments were reinforced during the week when it became known that the two gunmen acted on their own, although the Islamic State terrorist organization claimed responsibility for the attack. Nevertheless, the woman has been strongly criticized for her defiant stance and xenophobia.

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