By: Steve Watson
A fascinating exchange took place Wednesday night on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program as Anjem Choudary, a British Imam known for openly supporting the implementation of Sharia law in the West, told Pamela Geller that she should be tried in a Muslim court and killed for organizing the ‘draw Mohammed’ contest in Garland, Texas.
“We’re talking about people who deliberately had a competition to insult the messenger Mohammad…” Choudary stated, when asked if he agreed with the death threats and the Fatwa issued against Pamela Geller, the head of the American Freedom Defense Initiative.
“If you saw the cartoons that Charlie Hebdo drew you would understand the anger.” Choudary added, trying to talk over both Geller and Hannity.
“And now this woman was to draw cartoons or have people draw cartoons to insult the prophet knowing full well that this carries the death penalty in Islam.”
“She should be put before Sharia court and tried and of course she would face capitol punishment.” Choudary, known for making shocking statements, concluded.
Geller responded by stating “To blame me and say that my cartoons are controversial… murdering cartoonists is controversial.”
When Choudary attempted to interrupt her she shot back “I’m talking, sir… I know you’re used to stepping over women but you’re not going to have it here.”
Choudary retorted that Geller is worse than a ‘Khanzier’- Arabic for pig. The segment ended with Choudary, who has promised that “the flag of Islam will fly over the White House,” ranting about the U.S. “murdering innocent people.”
Hannity ended it by calling him “evil and pathetic.”
Geller further told Hannity that she had reached out to the FBI for additional security in the wake of the threats against her life, but that she has so far been ignored by the Feds.
“They (FBI) have not contacted me but, of course, we have increased my team. I have a team now, private security, and NYPD has been in touch with me.” Geller said.
She also charged President Obama with creating “an environment that raised the stakes” on Islamic extremism in America.
In a further related development, it appears that Garland police were warned about the attack two days before it occurred.
The Daily Dot has noted that a Twitter user affiliated with the activist group Anonymous, who frequently target ISIS social media accounts and websites, warned police on Friday that an Islamic State attack was imminent.
A police spokesman told the Dot “We were monitoring things; we had the FBI and ATF, but we didn’t see anything [on Twitter].”
The revelation has prompted some to speculate that the Garland police department and the FBI were well aware that an attack was planned, and responded swiftly when it happened.If indeed this was the case, it raises questions as to why the gunmen, both already known to the FBI, were not stopped before actually opening fire on the event.
Does Pamela Geller regret organizing the Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest that ended in gunfire?
No, she says confidently. In fact, she says, she probably saved lives by hosting the event and plans to have more just like it, with one difference: Next time, she’ll be wearing a bulletproof vest.
“I will continue to speak in defense of freedom until the day I die,” Geller said Thursday in an interview with The Associated Press, as a grim-looking personal security guard hovered nearby. “It’s just that simple. It’s not even a choice. It’s a calling.”
Geller has always hired armed security personnel to protect the scores of events she has spearheaded across the nation in recent years to decry Islamic extremism. But furor over Sunday’s shooting in Garland, Texas, has led to a specific threat against Geller, posted on a website related to the Islamic State group, and the New York Police Department is taking it seriously. Now she doesn’t travel anywhere without protection.
Geller said she believes she saved lives by hosting the contest because the two Muslim gunmen shot to death by police would have picked another soft target and killed innocent civilians.
“Would you regret saving lives?” she asked.
Info wars/ AP