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For the second time this year, free speech and religious liberties are colliding at Garland ISD’s Curtis Culwell Center.
Religious liberties? How cynical. Religious liberty to silence free speech and impose draconian sharia speech restrictions on non-Muslims? The word liberty in describing supremacism is monstrously Orwellian.
Opponents say the American Freedom Defense Initiative’s Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest on Sunday will be an attack on Islam.
How is free speech an attack on Islam? And why are they portrayed as the victim when we are the victims of supremacism and jihad?
But its organizers, who booked the event after a controversial pro-Islamic event used the center in January, say they are simply exercising their right of expression. The contest, which is offering a top prize of $10,000, has received about 350 entries depicting Muhammad. But caricatures of the Islamic prophet are considered offensive by many Muslims. In January, a French newspaper that published such cartoons was attacked by terrorists and 12 people died. In January, a French newspaper that published such cartoons was attacked by terrorists and 12 people died. As part of its contract with the district, the American Freedom Defense Initiative has paid $10,000 for extra security — nearly $50 for each of about 200 tickets that have been purchased so far. That cost doesn’t include private security the group is employing. “It does speak to the world at large that we have to have this intense security around this art exhibit,” organizer Pamela Geller said in February. “That’s all it is … an art exhibit and a cartoon contest.” Geller’s New York-based group booked the Curtis Culwell Center after it was the location for Sound Vision Foundation’s Stand With the Prophet in Honor and Respect event. That pro-Islamic program drew hundreds [sic – we were thousands] of protesters in January. Some critics complained that the school district should not have permitted the event, but officials said they were required to follow a nondiscriminatory leasing policy.
“Critics” “opposition” — Gd forbid the media talks about Americans who actually support free speech.