Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh accused President Barack Obama of effectively giving members of the terrorist group ISIS the "green light" to carry out a deadly shooting at an event in Texas
According to Garland police, two attackers armed with assault-style rifles on Sunday opened fire at an event sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI). It's co-founder and president of Stop Islamization of America (SIOA), Pam Geller, was also reportedly in attendance. Both groups have been listed as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
One security guard was shot in the leg during the incident, and both suspects were killed by a police officer.
On his Monday radio program, Limbaugh complained that liberals wanted to respect Islam when it came to not depicting the Prophet Muhammad, but they did not want to obey Islamic laws against homosexuality.
"Why wouldn't Americans have to respect and obey Islam's laws and punishments regarding gays and women?" he asked. "I mean, if it's that important to them, who are we to disagree? They say you can't draw pictures of the Prophet, and we say, 'You're right, we can't! And anybody that does, why, they're going to get what's coming to them.'"
Limbaugh also speculated that people might say that Obama had some "involvement" with the Texas shooting because the president had said that "the future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet."
"He said that at the UN and he said it at a number of places," he opined. "Does that not sort of green light people in ISIS who want to take up arms and go after people who they believe are slandering the prophet?"
"Could the president say this: The future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet by allowing same-sex marriage?" Limbaugh added. "Are we going to snap-to and respect that? What do you think? Obviously not. So, why one and not the other."
Listen to the audio below from The Rush Limbaugh Show, broadcast May 4, 2015.
(h/t: Media Matters)