Those of you weren’t alive in the ’80s probably won’t get the reference, but there was a commercial that used to play all of he time on television for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in which a man, strutting down the street, eating a chocolate bar, turns a corner and runs right into a young woman who happens to be eating generic butter peanut from an enormous tub. The man’s chocolate, as I’m sure some of you will remember, dramatically breaks off in the woman’s peanut butter, and things get really tense for a second or two. But, then, instead of fighting, the man and the woman decide to taste what they’d created. And, guess what? They LOVED IT! The two great tastes, they discovered, actually tasted even better together.
And that’s the first thing that came to mind when I saw this article today in Foreign Policy about the armed bikers who will be drawing cartoons of Mohammed outside an Arizona mosque tomorrow.
While we’ve had great stories these past few weeks about the right wing provocation of radical Muslims in America and the spread of violent biker gangs throughout the southwest, it never would have crossed my mind to put the two together. But yet that’s what’s happening… And you can bet the results are going to be delicious.
Here’s a clip from Foreign Policy.
An armed biker gang. Cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. A mosque in Arizona. What could possibly go wrong?
We’ll find out Friday, when two organizers — Jon Ritzheimer and Flash Nelson — host what’s being billed as a peaceful demonstration outside the Islamic Community Center in Phoenix. It’s the former site of worship for Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, who were killed after opening fire outside a May 3 contest featuring cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in suburban Dallas. Simpson had no direct link to the Islamic State but was sympathetic to its cause. Many Muslims consider depictions of Mohammed blasphemous.
Just like the cartoon contest outside Dallas, this event, scheduled for 6:15 p.m. Friday, appears to welcome controversy. In a Facebook invite, the planners urge attendees to take full advantage of their Second Amendment right to carry weapons. So far, 163 people have RSVP’d…
And here’s a clip from the Facebook post.
ROUND 2!!!!!!! This will be a PEACEFUL protest in front of the Islamic Community Center in Phoenix AZ. This is in response to the recent attack in Texas where 2 armed terrorist, with ties to ISIS, attempted Jihad. Everyone is encouraged to bring American Flags and any message that you would like to send to the known acquaintances of the 2 gunmen. This Islamic Community Center is a known place that the 2 terrorist frequented. People are also encouraged to utilize there [sic] second amendment right at this event just incase [sic] our first amendment comes under the much anticipated attack.
Since the article in Foreign Policy was posted, another 300 people have RSVP’d to attend the event, which is scheduled to begin at 6:15 PM tomorrow, Friday, May 29. According to the original post, there was going to be an after-party at a local bar. I see, however, that’s now been removed. So, if you were just going for the drink specials, and not the carrying of guns in public and the yelling of racial epithets, you might want to reconsider.