SITE’s Ritz Katz:
Via ABC 15:
An anti-Islam rally in Phoenix on Friday will feature a Muhammad cartoon-drawing contest.
The scheduled location is outside the Islamic Community Center in north Phoenix.
The gathering comes less than a month after a similar event in Texas sparked gunfire that left two gunmen, both from Phoenix, dead.
The gunmen, whom federal officials identified as Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, wounded a security officer before they were shot and killed at the scene.
Simpson had worshipped at the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix for about a decade, but he quit showing up over the past two or three months, the president of the mosque told The Associated Press.
A convert to Islam, Simpson first attracted the FBI’s attention in 2006 because of his ties to a former U.S. Navy sailor who had been arrested in Phoenix and was ultimately convicted of terrorism-related charges. Less was known about Soofi, who appeared to have never been prosecuted in federal court, according to a search of court records.
The organizer of Friday’s event said he had to do “something” because he does not want Islam spreading in the U.S.
“We’re just out utilizing our First Amendment,” organizer Jon Ritzheimer said.
Ritzheimer said he would not shoulder any responsibility if the event turned violent.
The Valley man organized an anti-Islam rally outside the same location several weeks ago, which was peaceful, he said.
And CAIR is milking it for all the publicity it’s worth: