#NotMyAmerica Responds To Anti-Muslim Protests
The hashtag “NotMyAmerica” has taken off on social media in response to anti-Muslim protests taking place outside a mosque in Phoenix, AZ. The protests featured a contest to draw the prophet Mohammed, similar to the one that was attacked by two lone wolf shooters in Texas earlier this month. Many Muslims believe it is offensive to visually represent Mohammed.
Jon Ritzheimer, a former Marine, is the organizer. On the Facebook event, he writes that the protests are a response to the gunmen who were shot dead outside of Dallas. They had briefly attended the mosque in Phoenix. Ritzenheimer also encouraged protesters to bring guns.
Appearing on CNN, he told Anderson Cooper that “true Islam is terrorism.”
Hundreds, including many bikers, turned out to bear signs and t-shirts reading “F**k Islam.” Meanwhile, counterprotesters lined up across the street with messages like, “Love thy neighbor.” Police separated the two sides. There was much shouting, but no violence.