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A former U.S. Marine, fed up with liberals defending Islamic terrorists in the name of religious freedom, organized a free-speech rally Friday at an Arizona mosque that turned into a raucous event.

Jon Ritzheimer organized the rally outside the Phoenix mosque attended by the men who attacked a “Draw Muhammad” cartoon contest in Texas earlier this month, local Phoenix television station ABC 15 reported.

Hundreds of protesters from both sides shouted at and taunted each other, as police separated the two groups.

Phoenix police estimated that about 500 demonstrators showed up, evenly divided between protesters and counter-protesters, according to ABC 15.

Many attendees posted their pictures and video on Twitter, including these:

Some liberals couldn’t help but reinforce their own stereotypes of gun-carrying First Amendment supporters, tweeting:

Other Twitter users questioned why the police didn’t respond with military vehicles, or the kind of National Guard presence typical to other rallies, tweeting:

The answer from these Twitter users was sobering.

The event’s Facebook page encouraged supporters to “bring American Flags and any message that you would like to send to the known acquaintances of the 2 gunmen” who were shot by police after attempting to attack the Garland, Texas event.

“This Islamic Community Center is a known place that the 2 terrorist frequented,” the Facebook page’s event description said.

At a press conference Friday, the Council on Islamic-American Relations’ Arizona chapter warned worshipers to stay away from the mosque because of the potential for violence.

Ritzheimer also encouraged attendees to bring weapons in case the rally turned dangerous.

Although the protest was loud and marked by yelling and finger-pointing, no one was injured or arrested.

One aggressive First Amendment supporter told an ABC 15 that he is passionate because “I’m American.  I believe in my country.”

The reporter told the protester that many of the pro-Islam counter protesters “were born here.”

“They are going to go against everything that’s been taught to them?” the protester shot back, “The First Amendment?  Are you serious?”

Steve Berman

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