• Muslim Newspaper Publisher: Pamela Geller Worst Than ISIS

    Last week’s barely-averted terrorist attack at Pam Geller and her American Freedom Defense Initiative’s “Draw Muhammad” cartoon contest is still creating a lot of controversy.

    The majority of the very-heated public debate has centered around whether or not Geller should’ve held an event where people were encouraged to draw portraits of the prophet of Islam. Geller’s supporters say she has a Constitutionally protected right to say whatever she wants about Islam and the Prophet Mohammed, let alone host an event incentivizing his picture being satirized and drawn.

    Those against Geller argue that she and people who agree with her are twisting the Constitution as a means to attack Muslims across the world.

    And when asked if he thinks “Draw Muhammad” events cause more problems than they solve, Arab American News publisher Osama Siblani said “ISIS is a hate group exactly like Pamela Geller.”

    Siblani also called Geller a “hater” and when pressed by a fellow panelist, Siblani said “She’s worst than ISIS.”

    And just like that, this shark has been officially jumped.

    Say what you will about Geller, her group, and what they and people like her do. But to compare that to the murderous filth that make up the Islamic State is beyond crazy.

    There’s always room for productive debate about the merits of free speech in America. But if  drawing Muhammad ends with two gunmen showing up ready to slaughter innocent people, shouldn’t more energy be spent figuring out why Islam is thee religion that drives out followers who are ready to kill offenders of their faith?

    Thankfully, there was some good that came out of all of this.

    A classic bit on Saturday Night Live treated freedom of speech and drawing Muhammad with dignity and a healthy helping of funny. On “Win, Lose or Draw,” contestants are given a phrase they must draw. When one contestant has to draw “The Prophet Muhammad” and refuses, an amazing scene unfolds.

    There may be hope for us after all.


    Jerome Hudson

    Managing Editor

    Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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