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Pamela Geller's Tense Exchange With Fox News Host Over Muhammad Cartoon Contest: 'You're Looking to Restrict My Speech


"I believe that giving into the savagery was a critical mistake."

Pamela Geller, the organizer of the Muhammad cartoon contest at the center of Sunday night's shooting in Garland, Texas, accused Fox News host Martha MacCallum of trying to restrict her free speech after MacCallum questioned her tactics.

"You're looking to restrict my speech. You don't like the way I'm doing something," Geller said during a contentious Fox News segment. "Well, I don’t like the way you’re doing things, but I would never look to change it, ever."

Earlier in the segment, Geller said that she will not be silenced and that her primary goal is to uphold the First Amendment.

"You're asking me to abridge my speech so as not to offend savages. I'm not looking to denigrate anybody. I'm looking to rise everybody up and equality of all before the law," she said, going on to accuse the media of censorship for refusing to publish Muhammad cartoons earlier this year that were produced by satire outlet Charlie Hebdo after its staff members were murdered by extremists.

"You gave [extremists] the power," Geller told MacCallum. "If all the media had run the cartoons, what were they going to do? They couldn't kill everybody."

She added, "I believe that giving into the savagery was a critical mistake."

MacCallum, though, pushed back against Geller's choice to host a Muhammad cartoon contest, noting that others, like Pope Francis, have taken less controversial actions, like entering a mosque to pray — an act that was clearly undertaken to bridge divides.

"This is a very different way of going about achieving the goal, which is to put an end to Islamic extremism," MacCallum said.

Geller, though, responded that acts like this haven't accomplished the primary goal of stopping radicals, as bloodshed and extremism continue to run rampant.

The segment ended with Geller refusing to abridge her speech and with MacCallum questioning the activist's tactics.

Watch it below:

(H/T: Mediaite)

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