Religion of peace is offended by the First Amendment: Two gunmen killed at the “Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest,” a free speech event being held in Texas Sunday night.
Two armed men who opened fire outside an art exhibit and cartoon contest featuring the Prophet Muhammad taking place in a Dallas suburb were shot dead by police Sunday night, authorities said.
The men were killed after opening fire on a security guard outside the art exhibit featuring depictions of the Muslim prophet Muhammad. Officials in Garland, a city of over 200,000 people in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, posted a brief statement about the incident on Facebook:
As today’s Muhammad Art Exhibit event at the Curtis Culwell Center was coming to an end, two males drove up to the front of the building in a car. Both males were armed and began shooting at a Garland ISD security officer. The GISD security officer’s injuries are not life-threatening. Garland Police officers engaged the gunmen, who were both shot and killed.
Right-wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders spoke at the event organized by the controversial critic of Islam Pamela Geller, president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative. Also at Sunday’s event a prize of $12,500 went to the Draw Muhammad contest winner, an Albanian-American cartoonist.
The Daily Beast reports Geller had organized the exhibit and contest in response to a “Stand With the Prophet” conference held last January. Also at Sunday’s event a prize of $12,500 went to the winner, an Albanian-American cartoonist.Last January Islamic terrorists stormed the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, a weekly satirical magazine known for lampooning radical Islam and the Prophet Muhammad, killing at least 12 people.
In a recent poll conducted by the BBC, 1 in 4 Muslims in the UK said violent acts against those who produce and publish images of the Prophet Muhammad are justified.
It is difficult for the rational mind to understand the absurd level of passion so many Muslims express over depictions, satirical or otherwise, of Muhammad.
The whole thing would be comical if it were not so deadly.
Bottom line: No speech ever justifies violence, and sometimes blasphemy can be a civic duty in the preservation of liberty.