Police shoot dead 2 gunmen at Texas exhibit of Prophet Muhammad cartoons

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A police officer stands near a school bus used to evacuate attendees of the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative after a shooting outside the Curtis Culwell Center where the event was held in Garland, Texas.

A police officer stands near a school bus used to evacuate attendees of the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative after a shooting outside the Curtis Culwell Center where the event was held in Garland, Texas, May 3, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Stone

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DALLAS (Reuters) The two men drove up to the mock-Mohammad art event, organized by anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller, and opened fire, wounding a security officer.

  • Georges

    It’s a very good idea to organize such activity.
    If I lived nearby, I would attend for sure.
    Muslims must learn to adapt to our freedom of speech. The lack of such freedom hinders the development of Arab countries and we don’t want that to happen here. Freedom of expression is one of the elements that supports innovation.

  • Ben in oakland

    I agree with you 100% about freedom of speech.

    I also think that Geller was hoping for exactly this response so she could prove her beliefs about Muslim fundamentalism. Fortunately for her, she wasn’t the one that had to pay the price for her provocations. Fortunately for her, she can now make even more money, and gain even more “prestige”, out of sowing discord and hate, much like so many antigay activists.

    Unfortunately for our society and the cause of religious freedom, we are also paying the price. Unfortunately, Religious fundamentalism of any sort uses God to justify what cannot be justified by any other means.

    And most unfortunate of all, for the innocent police officer murdered, he had to pay the price for her actions and her fundraising.

    We all of us pay the price for the hate of religious fundamentalism. And isn’t that just too sad?

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  • Walter

    Sorry, but he’s not “the prophet” for the rest of mankind. There are 5 billion plus human beings who do not consider Mohammed to be a prophet.Please refer to him as the Muslim prophet.

  • Dan

    The security officer was shot in the leg and has been released from the hospital.

  • DougSlug

    All due respect, Georges, I don’t see how this could be considered a “very good idea”. This is one of those rare kinds of events that you can accurately predict will result in injury or death to someone, and therefore, demonstrates highly questionable judgement. It is an obvious attempt to provoke a violent response, and that response is what they got. I don’t see how exposing this open wound over and over again is making a valid ideological point–it only points out that you can repeatably obtain a predictable response, like when you poke a nasty dog in the face, it will try to bite you. Not a constructive approach–just another example of how religion and reason are mutually exclusive of one another.

    And I wonder if anyone in attendance could be considered “innocent”. Unless they are completely uninformed of recent events, it is likely that those in attendance were there to see some fireworks–after all, how interesting could Muhammad cartoons really be?

  • Garson Abuita

    Fair enough, but a reference to the “Prophet Muhammad” is just as clear and fair as “Jesus Christ.” Not everyone agrees Jesus was the messiah, but everyone agrees that Christians do.

  • Stephenil

    While I am very grateful to live in a country allowing freedom of speech, people like Mrs. Geller force me to dig deep to find the will to defend hers. Sometimes we must protect the speech of those we hold in contempt in order to preserve the freedoms of all.

  • Kramer Lane

    Don’t muslims refer to Jesus as the Messiah?

  • Walter

    What’s your point? What Muslims refer to Jesus is besides the point. Christians refer to Jesus as Lord and Savior, Jesus . The media is not willing to refer to Jesus as Lord and Savior. Why is Mohammed special? Mohammed is a Muslim prophet and not “the prophet Mohammed”. There shall be no favoritism.Call him Mohammed, if you must call him a prophet then refer to him as the “Muslim prophet Mohammed” as he is not a prophet to three fourths of the world population. Get it?

  • Garson Abuita

    Walter, I take it you want the media to refer to Jesus as “the Christian messiah Jesus,” not “Jesus Christ”? Although Muslims refer to Jesus as the Messiah, I have a feeling you and they would disagree about the meaning of that term…and Jews, pagans, atheists etc. don’t view him as the messiah at all. No favoritism, right?

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