Mayor Of Garland, Texas: Pam Geller’s Anti-Islam Event ‘Invited’ The Attack

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The mayor of Garland, Texas, where two gunmen were killed attempting to storm an anti-Islam event on Sunday, criticized the event’s organizers on Tuesday by saying they had “invited” the attack.

Mayor Douglas Athas told the Dallas Morning News that he wished anti-Islam activist and conspiracy theorist Pam Geller had taken her business elsewhere.

“Certainly in hindsight, we as a community would be better off if she hadn’t [held it in Garland],” Athas told the newspaper.

“Her actions put my police officers, my citizens and others at risk. Her program invited an incendiary reaction,” he said, according to the paper.

Along with other high-profile activists such as Dutch politician Geert Wilders, Geller was hosting a contest of cartoons depicting the Muslim Prophet Muhammad.

Geller has taken criticism for the event from both conservatives as well as liberals, and sparred with interviewers on Fox News and CNN in the aftermath of the shooting.

“She picked my community, which does not support in any shape, passion or form, her ideology,” the mayor told the Morning News.

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

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  1. It’ll be interesting to see how many GOP Prez hopefuls fall all over themselves to stage events with Geller to demonstrate solidarity with her anti-Muslim, oops, I mean free speech campaign. Already I see Steve King and Gohmert want to host Geert Wilders, and he makes Geller look like a rank amatuer in the “Let’s antagonize Muslims” field. I predict hating on Muslims and stoking fear of them in the populace will become an integral part of the GOP campaign. If a GOP candidate chooses to rise above the tactic they’ll be tagged a sympathizer and defender of terrorists and left behind.

  2. It doesn’t change that the attack shouldn’t have happened…but I’m really tired of people trying to redefine chutzpah.

  3. Ya think? :wink:

  4. Yeah, probably. Oh, FYI, while I’m going out on limbs, another prediction. A prominent NFL player will beat his wife or girlfriend during the season.

  5. Avatar for tao tao says:

    Event invited attack? Duh.

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