Anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller is at it again.
Geller made the media rounds earlier this month after the Muhammad cartoon contest she sponsored was attacked by two terrorists in Texas. On Sean Hannity’s show Tuesday, Geller faced off against Fox News political analyst Juan Williams, defending her recent advertising campaign in Washington, D.C., that involves plastering buses and bus stops with a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad.
“It is fierce bullies like Juan Williams who want to impose the Sharia,” said Geller, president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, which lists one of its aims as fighting “Islamic supremacist initiatives in American cities.”
“This is the Sharia line,” Geller said. “Where are you going to stop? Are you going to stop drinking beer? Are you going to stop girls from wearing short skirts?”
Williams pointed out that it is not illegal in the nation’s capital to run an ad with the image of Muhammad. “I think Ms. Geller is doing it intentionally to provoke a controversy,” Williams said -- a criticism he has levied on the network before.
Geller shot back. “Talk about offensive. You said you wouldn’t get on an airplane with Muslims wearing Islamic garb,” Geller said. “That’s offensive to me -- I would never say such a thing. And for you to try to recover on my back is reprehensible.”
Williams was fired from NPR in 2010 for saying he felt uneasy when he saw people dressed in traditional Muslim clothing boarding a plane.
“Your offensive remarks are far more humiliating to Muslims than my running ads about a cartoon that the media refuses to run,” she continued. “I did not make the cartoons a flashpoint. The jihadis made the cartoons a flashpoint.”
Williams said his 2010 remarks had nothing to do with the current controversy.
“This has nothing to do with that,” Williams said. “I’m a huge free-speech advocate, but what I see you doing, I think, is trying to provoke, unnecessarily, controversy and at times offending and demeaning Muslims who regard your actions as not only provocative but offensive.”