I don't wish death threats on anyone, even Pamela Geller. But I really do wish she understood that when you poke a cobra with a sharp stick, they do tend to bite back. That doesn't make the cobra right, but maybe just better not to incite violence at all?
Usaamah Rahim, who was fatally shot after waving a military knife at law enforcement officers in Boston, was originally plotting to behead Pamela Geller, an activist and conservative blogger, law enforcement sources told CNN on Wednesday.
But Rahim, a 26-year-old security guard who officials believe was radicalized by ISIS and other extremists, decided instead to target the "boys in blue," a reference to police, according to court documents.
"I can't wait that long," he said of the original beheading plan, according to an FBI affidavit filed in federal court in Boston.
Geller drew national attention last month after an off-duty police officer working security thwarted an attack at her organization's contest for Prophet Mohammed drawings in Garland, Texas. She's president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, which includes subsidiary programs Stop Islamization of America and Stop Islamization of Nations.
"They targeted me for violating Sharia blasphemy laws. They mean to kill everyone who doesn't do their bidding and abide by their law voluntarily," Geller told CNN's Erin Burnett after learning of the alleged plot.
"This is a showdown for American freedom. Will we stand against this savagery or bow down to them and silence ourselves?"
Let's have a little real talk here. Geller would not be organizing "Draw Mohammed" events if she weren't trying to drum up some funding for her nonprofits which exist only to bash Islam. If bashing Islam had some higher purpose, it might make sense. But it doesn't.
Her obsession with Sharia law is a little bizarre, too. Does she make a point out of mocking Jews who keep kosher? I somehow doubt it. It seems like there could be a little respect for what others believe, rather than the constant cobra-poking.
You know, I've gone nearly 57 years without feeling the need to trash anyone else's religion and felt totally free, unrestrained in word and deed. So what freedom exactly is it she's fighting for? The freedom to be a hateful wretch? If that's freedom, she needs to accept the consequences that accompany those choices instead of whining about it.
It would be good for Geller to consider the chicken-egg argument behind what she's doing, but she never will.
There's been a lot of misinformation about this shooting, too. Read the entire article to get the bottom line on whether he was shot in the back (he wasn't) and more.