If Pamela Geller had her way, the winning cartoon from her organization's "Draw Muhammad" event in Texas -- which led to a shooting in early May -- would be on the sides of Washington buses and displayed at public transportation stations. The president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative submitted the drawing to be run as an advertisement on public transportation in the District of Columbia, according to a post from Geller on Breitbart.com.
The political blogger submitted the cartoon to be run as ads on Metro buses and at the Foggy Bottom, Capitol South, Bethesda, L'Enfant Plaza and Shady Grove Metro stations. "Drawing Muhammad is not illegal under American law, but only under Islamic law," Geller wrote in the post. "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.”
The winning cartoon depicted Muhammad with a sword, saying "you can't draw me," while the hand of the artist working on the cartoon had a speech-bubble reading, "that's why I draw you." Michael Tolber, a spokesman with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, told the Hill the proposal was received and "it is going through the same review process as any other proposal we receive."
Geller previously sued New York City's Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) in late April to be allowed to run controversial ads that included a poster that read "Killing Jews is Worship that draws us close to Allah." A judge ruled that the MTA could not stop the ads from running.
The AFDI's "Draw Muhammad" event in Garland, Texas, was attacked by two gunmen who injured three people before being killed by law enforcement. The Islamic State group said it was behind the incident. Geller is often involved in controversy and the AFDI is labeled by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an "anti-Muslim hate group."