Anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller, who was targeted by terrorists over the weekend, has slammed President Barack Obama for fostering an environment that has put the United States in danger of increasing terror attacks.
Geller also told Fox News host Sean Hannity that to her surprise she has not been contacted by the FBI or the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) since the attack on her Prophet Muhammad cartoon competition, in which two terrorists were killed.
Later during the interview Geller got into a screaming match with British-based Muslim Anjem Choudary over whether she should be put to death for organizing the controversial "Draw the Prophet" contest in Garland, Texas.
"They have not contacted me," Geller said about the FBI. "But of course we've now increased my team. I have a team now, private security, and NYPD counterterror has been in touch with me."
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After Geller informed Hannity that she had reached out to the FBI without reply, he asked whether Homeland Security had tried to speak to her, according to The Weekly Standard
"This is a serious threat," said Hannity. "Basically a Fatwa, a death threat, has now been issued."
Geller replied: "No, and this is interesting because this is a terrorist threat. And the FBI, President Obama should provide security. There's no question about it. Because he created an environment that raised the stakes on this."
Suspected jihadist gunmen
Elton Simpson, 31, and Nadir Soofi, 34, attacked the cartoon contest Sunday, wounding a security guard before the two were shot dead.
Depictions of the Prophet Muhammad are considered offensive to many Muslims and have prompted attacks in the past. In January, 12 people were gunned down in an Islamist attack on the French satirical paper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, which had also published cartoons of Muhammad.
Choudary, who has been a guest on "Hannity" several times, was asked by the conservative host: "Do you support this death threat against Pam Geller because she ran a free speech contest?"
"Let's be clear we are not talking about Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck," Choudary replied, according to Daily Mail.com
. "We are talking about people who deliberately had a competition to insult the messenger Muhammad."
Choudary, who once said "the flag of Islam will fly over the White House," pointed out that Geller knew many Muslims consider blasphemy against Muhammad to be a crime worthy of the death penalty.
Geller, the head of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, shot back: "To blame me and say that my cartoons are controversial … murdering cartoonists is controversial."
According to Mediaite
, Geller also said to Choudary, "I know you're used to stepping over women."
Choudary then called Geller worse than a "Khanzier" — Arabic for pig — before he started ranting about Americans "murdering innocent people." Hannity then said he was "evil and pathetic" before ending the interview with him.
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