[Ed. – Once again, I wouldn’t have done things the way this guy did. But that doesn’t change the fact that the people who carried the “Love not hate” signs in Phoenix were on the same side as the people who made the death threats. No one else should have the power to make you leave your home, out of fear, because you just acted like a jerk. Period. No exceptions.]
The ex-Marine who organized an anti-Muslim rally outside the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix Friday evening said he’s going into hiding after receiving several death threats.
“This is proof tyranny is in America,” said Jon Ritzheimer, revealing he’s come under siege since taking to Facebook to organize the event.
Up to 500 protesters gathered in 100-degree heat — some clutching assault rifles, American flags and placards — in the latest flashpoint in the U.S. anti-Islam movement. …
“I’m having to sell my house. My family is going into hiding,” an armed Ritzheimer, flanked by burly men wearing “F— Islam!” T-shirts, told reporters at the rally. “They’re calling for lone wolves to behead me. That’s terrorism right here in America.”
The latest rally also included a Prophet Muhammad cartoon drawing contest, which drew plenty of people protesting the protest by holding signs with messages like “Love not hate” and “Stop the hate.” …
The protest, despite instances of hate speech and stepping on the Koran, was peaceful. Phoenix police made no arrests.