I believe in freedom of speech but I think its wrong to deliberately insult another persons religion for no other reason than to provoke hatred and violence. In my opinion the American Freedom Defence Initiative are irresponsible idiots who's actions are only going to push more Muslims to consider supporting IS, and probably get some innocent bystanders killed in the meantime. The majority of decent ordinary law abiding Muslims will accept a funny cartoon in a newspaper or a verbal joke about their religion. They will probably see the funny side and laugh at it themselves. I'm sure however that they would be offended when someone sets out with no other purpose than to insult their religion. You don't deliberately set out to insult the entire Muslim population just because of a relatively small minority of extremists that are fighting against you and your beliefs. All it does is highlight the fact that you a racist and no better than them. (">
Police have hailed a "successful" security plan in shooting dead two gunmen who opened fire outside an event in Texas where cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed were on display. The gunfire erupted outside the competition venue in Garland, a suburb of Dallas, on Sunday night. The shooters began firing on a police vehicle that was blocking a parking lot entrance, Garland police spokesman Joe Harn said. One of the officers inside the vehicle got out and returned fire with a pistol, striking and killing both men who were armed with assault rifles. Officer Harn said the officer's actions likely saved lives. He did not release his name but said "his reaction and his shooting with a pistol; he did a good job".
The contest at the Curtis Culwell Center was organised by the New York-based American Freedom Defence Initiative, which aimed to award $10,000 for the cartoon judged the best. The group is known for campaigning against the building of an Islamic centre a few blocks from the World Trade Center in Manhattan and for buying advertising space in cities across the US criticising Islam. Officer Harn said a security plan for the provocative event had been developed over several months. The plan "was successful," he said at a news conference on Monday, adding that the two men "obviously were there to shoot people". "We were able to stop those men before they were able to penetrate the area and shoot anyone else. "Both men died there on the street next to their car." A SWAT team that had been positioned on the other side of the centre was able to respond to the sounds of gunfire within seconds and help secure the scene.
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