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Anti-Muslim event is protected free speech even if offensive
Anti-Muslim event is protected free speech even if offensive

Pamela Geller, whose organization's Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest was attacked by two gunmen Sunday, has made offensive comments about Islam. But that in no way undermines her right to free speech or legitimizes violence against her or anyone else. That might seem an obvious point. Yet since the attack in Garland, Texas — in which the gunmen were shot to death after wounding a security guard — some commentators have wondered whether events such as the cartoon exhibit sponsored by Geller's American Freedom Defense Initiative might be too offensive to deserve full 1st Amendment protection. For instance, the headline on a McClatchy news story published after...

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