Free Speech Rally: Hundreds Gather After Another “Draw Muhammad” Contest

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PHOENIX, AZ - Despite a whole lot of awkward tension between two groups of protesters, a "free speech" event outside a Phoenix mosque ended with nothing more than a few harsh words hurled back and forth.

The protest was held following a "draw Muhammad" contest Friday in Arizona.  And we all know how that could go. The mosque where the protest was held is the same one that Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi attended before they drove to Garland on May 3rd, to shoot up a Muhammad cartoon contest there. Both were killed by police.

According to the Facebook page of the organizer of the rally, it was "in response to the recent attack in Texas where 2 armed terrorist, with ties to ISIS, attempted Jihad."

"I think the whole thing -- the cartoon contest, especially, I think it is stupid and ridiculous. But it is what needs to take place in order to expose the true colors of Islam," said Jon Ritzheimer, the Draw Muhammad Protest Organizer.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations released a statement saying this rally is, in part "just symptomatic of the incredible spike in anti-muslim sentiment we're seeing nationwide."

Naturally, this whole thing started trending on social media through the #NotMyAmerica with people weighing in on both sides of the debate. Regardless of how you feel, it's looks like neither side will be backing down. And that's the great thing about this country.