Last night on “Hannity,” anti-Muslim activist Pam Geller and outspoken Islamist Anjem Choudary barely even attempted to have a civil discussion about the intersection of faith and free speech in America, choosing instead to shout at and over each over for as long as Sean Hannity would let them.
Hannity began the segment by repeating the unverified threats against Geller’s life made by an English-speaking jihadi. He quickly reminded his audience exactly why he invited Choudary onto the program — he’s a caricature of a Sharia-desiring, women-hating Muslim extremist.
Hannity turned to Geller and asked whether the FBI has contacted her about the “fatwa” put out on her. She said that the FBI has not reached out to her, but that the NYPD counter-terrorism task force had. Geller added that the person who should really be providing her with protection is President Barack Obama, “because he created an environment that raised the stakes on this,” noting that she had held a free speech conference on September 11, 2012 — the same day that the embassy complex in Benghazi, Libya was attacked.
Hannity turned to Choudary, and asked whether he supported the “fatwa” against Geller.
“This isn’t Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck they were drawing,” Choudary replied, “this is the prophet [and] this woman wants to have people draw cartoons that insult the prophet knowing full well that carries the death penalty in Islam. So definitely, she’s asking people to attack.”
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