Some anti-Muslim, pro-Christian activists protested outside an empty mosque on April 4 with a loudspeaker, upsetting neighbors in North Phoenix (video below).
“You got a mosque right here and you're not doing anything about it,” self-proclaimed Christian street preacher and protester Ruben Israel yelled at one of the neighbors, reported KPNX.
Israel, who traveled from Los Angeles, joined the other protesters outside the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix.
“I hope when [Republican presidential candidate] Trump gets into office he turns this wicked building into a 7-Eleven!” Israel shouted with a bullhorn.
It's not clear how a potential President Trump could legally do that, but protester Aden Rusfeldt added: “Muslim religion is tearing down America."
“He’s out here protesting nothing, there's nobody here!” one neighbor stated.
"And you know what, most Americans think like me!" Israel yelled from his microphone.
“I’m confident that this is not the majority of the people," Usama Shami, president of the center, told the news station.
“It intimidates people, especially if there's nothing going on," Shami added. "I don't know what the purpose of this whole thing, except showing hate."
Israel tore a page from the Quran, the religious book that Muslims follow, as he explained his logic behind protesting against an empty mosque: "Exercise your free speech. It's our free speech to take their holy book and rip it like this. We can do this.”
There were several police officers nearby to make sure the situation did not escalate.
Other anti-Muslim demonstrators have previously protested outside the mosque, some of whom were led by militia member Jon Ritzheimer, who is in custody for his alleged role in the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon, according to RawStory.com.
AZCentral reported in February that Ritzheimer had been denied bail and is facing a felony charge of conspiracy to impede federal officials in their official duties through the use of force, intimidation or threats.