The assault by two terror suspects on the Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas was the subject of an intense discussion Monday night between two Fox News anchors who clashed over whether the group promoting the event provoked the attack by purposely insulting Islam. Appearing on The O’Reilly Factor, Megyn Kelly passionately defended the group’s free speech right to have the event, provocative or not.
As Mediaite noted of the segment on the show, Kelly challenged Bill O’Reilly when he wondered aloud if there weren’t a better way for the group to make its point, rather than to “light the fuse,” after which violence explodes.
Kelly argued that no matter how “offensive” the actions by Pamela Geller’s cartoon drawing event might be to Islamic jihadists, there was no excuse for the gunmen’s attack outside the center where the several hundred people in attendance were concluding their event. As Mediaite reported about Megyn Kelly’s defense of the group’s actions:
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“…the point they were making about free speech was a solid one. The First Amendment, she said, isn’t meant to protect popular speech; it’s meant to protect ‘the most outrageous, offensive, incendiary speech.’”
Kelly concluded the segment with a question that made her point crystal clear. You can see what that key question was by clicking on the video above.