A mosque in Phoenix, Arizona was the subject of a protest yesterday. The event drew hundreds of people and, fortunately, no one was hurt since a hacker with the Islamic group ISIS called for violence to be conducted at the protest. Reuters reports people on both sides yelled and screamed obscenities at each other. The protesters of the mosque have good reason to be concerned. One article published at PJ Media points out the Imam of the Phoenix mosque lied about his knowledge of the two men who went to Garland, Texas to shoot and kill at the Draw Muhammed event in Garland, Texas last month. The Arizona Republic reported last month that the Phoenix mosque is a long standing, familiar target of the FBI too.
What is also unfortunate is that the protest’s organizer, Jon Ritzheimer, who is a former US Marine has to go into hiding due to death threats he received. The controversy surrounding this is over the drawing of a parody of Mohammed and Ritzheimer is right that seeking to kill someone for criticizing Islam is a form of tyranny. The people protesting for the mosque actually help what Islam stands for by default since by condemning the protesters they also seek to inhibit or stop criticism of the faith which helps it spread. Below is a video of Phoenix Fox News’ interview with him. Hopefully, this protest will spark other people to continue to speak the truth about what Islam truly is: a political ideology with a spiritual element.