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Draw Mohammed Cartoon Contest Set to Draw Around 600 Attendees

Around 600 people are expected to attend the Mohammed cartoon contest and "Freedom of Speech Rally" outside of the Islamic Community Center in Phoenix. This is the same mosque that Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi once attended. They are the individuals who drove from Arizona to a Dallas suburb, shooting gunfire at a Prophet Mohammed cartoon contest held there. They were both killed by police earlier this month. The drawing of Mohammed is considered blasphemous by Muslims and banned by Islamic law. The event's Facebook page says:

"This is in response to the recent attack in Texas where 2 armed terrorist(s), with ties to ISIS, attempted Jihad."

The event is scheduled to start at 6:15 p.m., with its own cartoon contest--similar to the one that took place in Texas. Event organizer and former marine, Jon Ritzheimer, said "I think the whole thing, the cartoon contest especially, I think it's stupid and ridiculous," Ritzheimer said, "but it's what needs to take place in order to expose the true colors of Islam."

Imraan Siddiqi with the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said that these types of events have scared Muslims in the area. He also said "Recently the mosques here in Phoenix actually received threatening letters -- very specific threats, saying that we are going to massacre your congregations."

The event's Facebook page also said:

"People are also encouraged to utilize (their) second amendment right at this event just (in case) our first amendment comes under the much-anticipated attack." The post also stated that bikers will be there.

Photo: Facebook

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