‘We Cannot Submit to the Assassins Veto’
NY Daily News
A cartoon image of the Prophet Muhammad could be coming to a bus near you.
Free-speech firebrand Pamela Geller has submitted an ad to the Washington, D.C. transit authority featuring the winning image from the “Draw Muhammad” cartoon contest held earlier this month in Garland, Texas.
“Drawing Muhammad is not illegal under American law, but only under Islamic law,” Geller, the 56-year-old head of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, said in a statement posted to Breitbart.com. “Violence that arises over the cartoons is solely the responsibility of the Islamic jihadists who perpetrate it. Either America will stand now against attempts to suppress the freedom of speech by violence, or will submit and give the violent the signal that we can be silenced by threats and murder.
“We cannot submit to the assassin’s veto.”
The ad campaign features the winning cartoon, which depicts a bearded, turban-wearing Muhammad wielding a sword as he growls,” You can’t draw me!”
A voice bubble coming from the direction of the cartoonist reads, “That’s why I draw you.”
The D.C. ad campaign features the winning cartoon, below the message, “Support Free Speech,” written in all caps in red coloring. Geller wants the images to “run on buses and train dioramas in the Foggy Bottom, Capitol South, Bethesda, L’Enfant Plaza, and Shady Grove Stations.”