• Pamela Geller Fires Back at Texas Mayor, Critics: ‘Stop Giving a Pass to the Savages’

    Mayor Douglas Athas of Garland, Texas ripped anti-Muslim crusader Pam Geller and her group the American Freedom Defense Initiative co-founder for bringing a “Draw Muhammad” cartoon contest to his city.

    Athas says he did not know why Geller chose Garland for the event that inspired two Muslim men to open fire with assault-style rifles before being killed by police and she put the lives of law enforcement and citizens in danger “at risk.”

    “Of course we’d been happy if they’d stayed in New York and had their activity there, but they chose to come here,” Athas said. “From all the reports I’ve gotten from our officers that were on the scene, most of the people there were not from Garland. They were not even from Texas.”

    “Certainly in hindsight, we as a community would be better off if she hadn’t [held the event here],” Athas said. “Her actions put my police officers, my citizens and others at risk. Her program invited an incendiary reaction. She picked my community, which does not support in any shape, passion or form, her ideology.”

    “But at the end of the day, we did our jobs,” the mayor said. “We protected her freedoms and her life.”

    Geller fired back in a piece for Time magazine Wednesday and said the shooting proves everything she’s been saying about radical Islam. didn’t take too kindly to Athas’ remarks.

    “Are the Jews responsible for the Nazis? Are the Christians in the Middle East responsible for being persecuted by Muslims?” Geller asked. “Allowing this sort of censorship would mean nothing less civilizational suicide.”

    Geller also responded in an interview with the BBC, and compared Athas’ assessment of her event as akin to blaming a rape victim.

    “How ridiculous,” she said of the Mayor’s criticism. “I mean, that’s like saying the pretty girl was responsible for her own rape. The mayor is going after the defenders of free speech, and clearly giving a free pass to the savages who came with guns to kill innocent people because of a cartoon.”


    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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