Friday, May 29, 2015

Provocative Draw Muhammad Contest and Rally Planned In Phoenix Today

A provocative rally is set for this evening in Phoenix, Arizona outside the Phoenix Islamic Center.  KPHO News and Mashable report on the event organized by former Marine Jon Ritzheimer and billed as "Round 2" after the attacks earlier this month on Pamela Geller's "Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest" in Garland, Texas. (See prior posting.)  The two gunmen there were from Phoenix and one had studies at the Phoenix Islamic Center. Today's event, to which bikers are invited, will involve a Muhammad Cartoon Contest with the winner being announced at the rally.  The rally will be held at 6:15 pm to coincide with the mosque's Friday prayer services. The Facebook page promoting the rally says in part: "People are also encouraged to utilize there [sic.] second amendment right at this event just incase our first amendment comes under the much anticipated attack."

The KPHO report quotes Ritzheimer who says he knows that the Phoenix Islamic Center has condemned ISIS.  But he insists that is not enough.  He says: "People call them an extremist; to me it's just a Muslim following their book as it's written.... Unfortunately, we have to hold the cartoon contest, as silly as it sounds, to be able to show the true colors of Islam."