A group bikers plan to hold a Prophet Muhammad cartoon-drawing contest today outside an Islamic community center in Arizona.
Organizers say the rally is in response to an incident earlier this month in which two gunmen opened fire on a similar contest in Texas where cartoonists were drawing pictures of Islam’s prophet.
Both gunmen were killed following a brief exchange of fire. One police officer was wounded. One of the gunmen frequently worshiped at the north Phoenix mosque were today’s rally is being held.
“ROUND 2!!!!!!!,” declared organizer Jon Ritzheimer on the event’s Facebook page. The ex-Marine says the rally will be peaceful, but urged protesters to bring weapons in case of an attack.
“People are also encouraged to utilize there second amendment right at this event just incase our first amendment comes under the much anticipated attack,” it said.
Ritzheimer has invited thousands of bikers to attend the rally. As of early Friday, over 600 people had RSVP’d on the event’s Facebook page. Local police have promised a heavy presence in case of violence.