After two jihadists were killed by police while attacking a Muhammad cartoon contest in Garland, Texas, the winner of the event declared its importance:
“Once free speech goes, it’s over,” he said.
Bosch Fawstin, winner of the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest, appeared Monday on Fox News “On The Record with Greta Van Susteren” to speak about his experience during the attack.
Asked why he participated, Fawstin told Van Susteren “it’s about the freedom of speech.”
“It’s under siege by the Islamic enemy,” and some on the political left, he said. Fawstin explained that when we are told “we shouldn’t do this,” we must respond because “we have the right to do it.”
Recognizing the danger in drawing cartoons of Muhammad, Fawstin said he understands the threat. “I don’t refuse to do it because of the threat,” he said. “I do it because we’re being threatened.”
Noting that the Texas event, which Fawstin said around 200 people attended, had a beefed up security presence, Van Susteren asked if he anticipated potential trouble. He replied, “absolutely.”
“As artists, as writers, as thinkers, as Americans, as people who love freedom, and the entire West, we need to hit back. Not with violence, with the truth, with our art, with our writing,” Fawstin said.
“Once free speech goes, it’s over.”
Fawstin has some familiarity with Islam, describing himself as a “recovered Muslim.”
If you’re new to my work, I recommend reading my most popular piece: My Name is Bosch and I’m a Recovered Muslim http://t.co/UrFmOvXFdH
— Bosch Fawstin (@BoschFawstin) May 5, 2015
Perhaps those on the left who apologize for Americans’ free speech rights can learn something from Fawstin. But probably not.
On behalf of all TAMs, congrats @BoschFawstin on winning the Draw Muhammad contest. Grateful you & all are safe! pic.twitter.com/Pg8BeGpR1N
— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) May 5, 2015
@islam4_love @HeyTammyBruce @BoschFawstin No American is insulting Allah by drawing a picture of your Prophet Muhammad.
— Lance Silver (@LanceSilver1) May 5, 2015
.@KurtSchlichter @instapundit Want to fight back against the jihadis? Follow the Draw Muhammad winner @BoschFawstin! pic.twitter.com/Bbpsze01jc
— John Rivers (@JohnRiversToo) May 5, 2015
They came to kill us and died for it. Justice. #GarlandAttack
— Bosch Fawstin (@BoschFawstin) May 4, 2015
@BoschFawstin @jtLOL Thank god this was in Texas, and not some anti-gun pantywaist state like NY or CA. Attackers were put down fast.
— DM (@idaho_expatriot) May 4, 2015
Here’s the cartoon contest winner, @BoschFawstin. Will you pick up a pen? #BeLikeBosch pic.twitter.com/qGmo8Y0BeY
— Catherine (@museofhistory) May 4, 2015
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