The attack by radical Muslims on the Garland Texas event organized by Pamela Geller has been the subject of contentious debate. I thought I would weigh in.
The Garland Texas show included an art exhibit and contest for the best cartoon of Muhammad. Pamela Geller’s critics appear to have two main charges against her and the show: That the show was insensitive towards the sentiments of religious Muslims and that the show provoked the attackers.
The charge that the show was insensitive towards religious Muslims is the more serious one. There is no doubt that one should not say something simply because one has the freedom of speech to do so. On the other hand, one should also not refrain from saying something simply because it will offend someone. In these matters, it depends in part on the reasons why one is saying the thing.