For those unfamiliar with Pamela Geller, she was in the news a few weeks ago for sponsoring an ad campaign across major U.S. cities with anti-Muslim posters saying, among other things, "Killing Jews is Worship that draws us close to Allah."
On Sunday, she was in the news again for sponsoring a "Jihad Watch Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest" in Garland, Tex., some 20 miles from Dallas, after which two suspects opened fire on a security guard before being shot and killed by police. Authorities did not immediately link the exhibit and the shootings, but Geller did, with vehemence.
But Geller drew national attention long before now. In 2009, she became a leader of the movement against a mosque in Manhattan. She told the New York Times she believed the only "moderate Muslim is a secular Muslim" and that when Muslims "pray five times a day … they're cursing Christians and Jews five times a day."