An American jihadist associated with the Islamic State is reported to have posted a message on social media vowing that the Islamic State would "slaughter" Pamela Geller, the blogger whose American Freedom Defense Initiative sponsored a "Draw Muhammad" contest in Texas last week. Two jihadists were killed by a policeman guarding the contest site as they tried to storm the meeting and conduct a Charlie Hebdo-style massacre. ISIS has taken credit for the attack. The chilling message claimed that ISIS has "71 trained soldiers in 15 different states ready at our word to attack any target we desire." The message warned that everyone hosting an event put on by Geller or giving her "a platform to spill her filth are legitimate targets."
Pamela Geller is defiant. She declared that she has no intention of cowering and intends to hold another free speech event in the near future. "This threat illustrates the savagery and barbarism of the Islamic State," Geller told the Daily News in a statement she later posted on her website. "They want me dead for violating Sharia blasphemy laws. What remains to be seen is whether the free world will finally wake up and stand for the freedom of speech, or instead kowtow to this evil and continue to denounce me."