Pamela Geller is nothing if not gutsy.
The head of theÂ American Freedom Defense Initiative is planning a spring Inaugural Muhammad Art Exhibit & Contest in Garland, Texas, with depictions of Mohammad in the same place where Muslims held a â€œStand with the Prophetâ€ conference in January.
The â€œStand with the Prophetâ€ conference followed the Islamic jihadist shootings at the Charlie Hebdo office in Paris protesting their cartoons of the alleged prophet Mohammad. Geller drew some 2,000 people opposing the â€œStand with the Prophetâ€ conference with her own free-speech rally.
The purpose of the AFDIâ€™s art program is to strike a blow for freedom of expression in defiance of Islamic attempts to intimidate.
The in-your-face contest, with a top prize of $10,000, will be held May 3 in the Curtis Caldwell Center for artists and cartoonists who want to draw or paintÂ the founder of Islam. Entries are due April 5.
“This event will stand for free speech and show that Americans will not be cowed by violent Islamic intimidation,” Geller said in a news release. “That is a crucial stand to take as Islamic assaults on the freedom of speech, our most fundamental freedom, are growing more insistent.”
â€œIf the Western media ran the Danish cartoons back when this Islamic supremacist movement first started gaining steam, the editorial staff ofÂ Charlie HebdoÂ would be alive today,â€ Geller toldÂ Breitbart Texas. â€œThat said, the European press ran theÂ HebdoÂ cartoons in the wake of that jihad slaughter. But the American press would not. The beacon of freedom, the shining light on a hill, is running scared. Well, thatâ€™s not who we are. The elites do not represent the people.â€
â€œEnough is enough,â€ she explained. â€œTheyâ€™re just cartoons. Weâ€™re holding this exhibit and cartoon contest to show how insane the world has becomeâ€”with people in the free world tiptoeing in terror around supremacist thugs who actually commit murder over cartoons. If we canâ€™t stand up for the freedom of speech, we will lose itâ€”and with it, free society.â€
The exhibit will feature images of Islamâ€™s prophet in both historical and contemporary settings. Free-speech advocates will address the gathering.
â€œThis event will stand for free speech and show that Americans will not be cowed by violent Islamic intimidation.”
â€œThis event will stand for free speech and show that Americans will not be cowed by violent Islamic intimidation,â€ she said. â€œThat is a crucial stand to take as Islamic assaults on the freedom of speech, our most fundamental freedom, are growing more insistent.â€
â€œOf course, this event will require massive security,â€ she assured potential attendees. â€œBut this exhibit has to be staged. If we donâ€™t show the jihadis that they will not frighten us into silence, the jihad against freedom will only grow more virulent.â€
An author and activist, Geller has been warning about Muslim encroachment into Europe and America and the possible impact on American culture.
For more information on the exhibit, including rules, click on this link.