Jon Ritzheimer, a self-described patriot and atheist, is organizing an anti-Muslim "Muhammad Cartoon Contest" outside a mosque in Phoenix, Arizona, on Friday.
"I don't even really want it to be about me, I want it to be just about pushing out the truth about Islam," Ritzheimer told 12 News.
Ritzheimer defended a "F--- Islam" T-shirt that his followers wear, and attributed the bigotry to not being "politically correct."
Ritzheimer, who claims to be a Marine, added, "It's not that some people are out perverting [Islam], it's, these guys are following their book as it's written."
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A Facebook page set up by Ritzheimer for the event, entitled "Freedom of Speech Rally Round II," states:
This will be a PEACEFUL protest in front of the Islamic Community Center in Phoenix AZ. This is in response to the recent attack in Texas where 2 armed terrorist, with ties to ISIS, attempted Jihad.
Everyone is encouraged to bring American Flags and any message that you would like to send to the known acquaintances of the 2 gunmen.
This Islamic Community Center is a known place that the 2 terrorist frequented. People are also encouraged to utilize there second amendment right at this event just incase our first amendment comes under the much anticipated attack.
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The "2 gunmen" and "2 terrorist" reference appears to be about Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi who drove to Garland, Texas, on May 3 and opened fire on a "Draw Muhammad" contest staged by anti-Islamic activist/blogger Pamela Geller.
According to the Bridge Initiative at Georgetown University, the cartoon contest will take place in a Denny's parking lot and the drawings will be delivered to the center (mosque) when Muslims are expected to arrive for a prayer service.
Usama Shami, president of the center, told 12 News that he is encouraging members to attend prayer services on Friday:
We're going to tell our members what we've told them before, not to engage them. They're not looking for an intellectual discussion. They're looking to stir up a controversy and we're not going to be a part of it.