Target: Jon Ritzheimer, protest organizer
Goal: Cancel armed protest event against American Muslims outside Islamic community center.
Armed men are going to be standing outside a Phoenix, Arizona mosque protesting Muslims just days after Muslim communities in the area were mailed anonymous threats of mass murder. This protest is dangerous and based on anti-Muslim hate and stereotypes. Demand that it be cancelled.
Anti-Muslim hate will be on full display soon outside a Phoenix Islamic community center alleged to have been frequented by the Garland, Texas Muhammad drawing contest attackers. A group of anti-Muslim activists is planning on holding a protest to “send a message” to the attackers’ “acquaintances.”
There will be little doubt about what that message is, because the organizer is encouraging everyone to come to the protest armed. “People are also encouraged to utilize there second amendment right at this event,” he writes on the event’s Facebook profile, “just incase our first amendment comes under the much anticipated attack [sic].”
The Islamic Community Center of Phoenix recently received threats of mass murder from an anonymous group of would-be terrorists. An armed protest outside its walls is willfully provocative at best and imminently dangerous at worst. Sign the petition below to demand that the organizer of this event cancel it at once.
Dear Mr. Ritzheimer,
I am writing you today regarding your upcoming protest outside the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix. While you are entirely within your rights to hold this event, your motives are ugly and the protest’s potential for violence is great.
Anti-Muslim sentiment is so high these days that various mosques in the Phoenix area—including the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix, outside of which you are planning to host your event—received anonymous letters threatening the mass murder of their congregations if they do not leave the country. In light of these threats, an armed protest by you and other vocally hateful people outside the congregation’s building is suspicious.
Have you vetted everyone coming to your protest? Who is to say whether or not the people that made those threats against Phoenix’s Muslim community will be at your protest, armed to the teeth, and preparing to strike? These are legitimate questions, given that these threats were sent out just days before your protest.
I would like to think that a group of Americans could throw a protest without violence erupting, but given these threats and the language of escalation and the promise to use “the Second Amendment to defend the First if it comes to it” that you include on your protest’s Facebook page, that hope is increasingly in question. I demand that you cancel this protest at once.
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