Heads Up, Mayor Athas.

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AT regular Jan LaRue asked us to share this letter sent to Mayor Douglas Athas of Garland, Texas. Sam Houston, he ain’t.

Dear Mayor Athas:

I’m wondering if anyone has organized a search party since you’ve apparently lost your mind, according to your statements quoted in the Dallas Morning News regarding Pamela Geller:

“Certainly in hindsight, we as a community would be better off if she hadn’t,” Athas said Tuesday.

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“Her actions put my police officers, my citizens and others at risk. Her program invited an incendiary reaction. She picked my community, which does not support in any shape, passion or form, her ideology.”

“But at the end of the day, we did our jobs,” he said. “We protected her freedoms and her life.”

How can you rationally blame Geller, who was exercising her “freedoms,” for the willful acts of terrorists?

You’ve just weaponized the “heckler’s veto.”

Following your logic, if a bikini-clad Miss Texas contestant were raped during a pageant at the Culwell Center, it would be her fault and the pageant’s for putting her at risk.

Are Islamist terrorists beheading, raping, and burying children alive because they drew pictures of Mohammed with their crayons? These Jihadi savages are their own provocation.

You need to rethink your understanding of the First Amendment and apologize to Geller. Then you should pin a medal on a great Texas police officer.

Janet LaRue
Round Rock, Texas

First published at American Thinker

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Barb Wire.

Jan LaRue is former Chief Counsel at Concerned Women for America; Legal Studies Director at Family Research Council; and Senior Counsel for the National Law Center for Children and Families. She has had extensive public speaking and debate experience in law schools, universities, and national media on various constitutional issues. She is a member of the California and U.S. Supreme Court bars and co-author of Protecting Your Child in an X-Rated World. She currently writes as senior legal analyst for the American Civil Rights Union.

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