In an interview with the Associated Press, Geller says she believes she saved lives by hosting the contest because the gunmen would have picked another soft target and killed innocent civilians.
Would you regret saving lives?…Cartoons are political critique. It’s a cartoon. Is that what we want to outlaw? We want to outlaw humor? We want to outlaw comedy? If you want to know who rules over you, find out who you cannot criticize…I will continue to speak in defense of freedom until the day I die. It’s just that simple. It’s not even a choice. It’s a calling.
Choudary says Geller is asking for an attack and a death sentence by insulting the Islamic prophet Muhammad:
We’re talking about people who deliberately had a competition to insult the messenger Mohammad… If you saw the cartoons that Charlie Hebdo drew you would understand the anger. 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 capital punishment…You cannot continue to go down this road and expect the Muslims to stand back. You know I would retaliate if someone insulted my mother. let alone the prophet, who I love 100 times more than my own family.
You’re just pathetic. You’re evil and pathetic.
Choudary accuses the U.S. of being the “champions of murdering innocent people.” Geller responds:
We [are] the champions of freedom, sir. Look how you can’t take it. You want to kill people.
In an interview with Hannity, Geller says she has not been contacted by the FBI or the Department of Homeland Security since the thwarted attacked.
Hannity: This is a serious threat. Basically a Fatwa, a death threat, has now been issued. Your reaction to that? Have you had any contact with the FBI?
Geller: They have not contacted me, but of course we’ve now increased my team. I have a team now, private security, and NYPD counterterror has been in touch with me.
Hannity: Did you reach out to the FBI?
Geller: I did
The group targets Geller in a statement made on JustPasteit, an anonymous message board:
The attack by the Islamic State in America is only the beginning of our efforts to establish a wiliyah in the heart of our enemy. Our aim was the khanzeer (pig) Pamela Geller and to show her that we don’t care what land she hides in or what sky shields her; we will send all our Lions to achieve her slaughter. This will heal the hearts of our brothers and disperse the ones behind her. To those who protect her: this will be your only warning of housing this woman and her circus show. Everyone who houses her events, gives her a platform to spill her filth are legitimate targets. We have been watching closely who was present at this event and the shooter of our brothers. We knew that the target was protected. Our intention was to show how easy we give our lives for the Sake of Allah.
Geller responds on her site:
This threat illustrates the savagery and barbarism of the Islamic State. They want me dead for violating Sharia blasphemy laws. What remains to be seen is whether the free world will finaly wake up and stand for the freedom of speech, or instead kowtow to this evil and continue to denounce me.
She also says she will increase security at future events.
Geller calls for more, similar events to the Garland, Texas, ‘Draw Mohammed’ event as a defense of free speech, describing the drawings “political critique.”
We should be holding these meetings every month…We absolutely must have other events like this to stand up for free speech…I will not abridge my freedoms so as not to offend savages…I do believe western civilization is superior.
She also defends the views of Geert Wilders:
[He] shouldn’t have to be worried about being slaughtered for his opinion…There is a problem in Islam. The problem is we can’t talk about it.
Soofi and Simpson are killed by police after shooting at a security guard outside an artistic exhibit of the Islamic prophet Muhammed in Dallas Sunday evening. The event was organized by Geller and also features Wilders as a speaker. A traffic officer working after-hours as security for the event and armed only with a service pistol kills both men, who were wearing body armor and carrying assault rifles. An unarmed security officer working with the patrol officer is shot in the ankle. None of the approximately 200 people attending the event is hurt. Witness:
There was no panic. We knew something had happened, but we didn’t hear anything and didn’t see anything. Security guards quickly escorted the event’s organizer, Pam Geller, from the stage. We were concerned about the [wounded security guard’s] safety and his well-being and just wanted to understand the process of what was going to happen.