The Sugar Land Tea Party gathered a bigger-than-average crowd, up to 200 people, attendees estimate, to hear activist and right-wing blogger Pamela Geller.
Geller's speech had been moved from the Hyatt Place because of the controversial nature of her work. The group ended up at the Sugar Land Community Center, where a few dozen protesters—many of them Muslims, as well as African-Americans—held signs outside reading, "Love Thy Neighbor" and "No to Hate."
"I know I'm painted as a racist, Islamophobic, anti-Muslim bigot, and if you said these things, you'd be painted as a racist, Islamophobic, anti-Muslim bigot," Gellar told the crowd, her voice enthusiastic and thick with a New York accent. "This is the way they silence anyone who touches this subject."