Jerry Delemus, a 60-year-old former Marine, is planning on pushing the envelope of his First Amendment freedom. He wants to express his rights in the form of a “draw Muhammad” contest that will take place sometime in August in New Hampshire.
While Delemus stated that he acknowledges there are risks that come with hosting an event of this nature, he has assured the public that there will be an exceptional amount of security available at this event.
In November 2011, the office of Charlie Hebdo, in France, was burned down on the same day that a new cover of their magazine was set to be released. The cover depicted the prophet Muhammad saying, “100 lashes if you’re not dying of laughter.” Then again, in January of this year, the same magazine came under attack by two gunmen. Two armed men burst into a meeting at the Charlie Hebdo office, firing at everyone. Sixteen people were killed as a result of this attack.
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In May, two gunmen opened fire outside an event center in Garland, Texas. The center was holding a “Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest.” Two men drove up to barricades outside the event center, exited the car, and began to fire on security. Police assisted security and returned fire; both gunmen were killed.
Delemus has not heard from the local Islamic community. In light of attacks on citizens surrounding these types of venues, some locals are nervous. One resident stated: “I don’t understand the point of inciting violence. It’s just going to cause more problems.”