This is an excellent breakdown and history, plus good info on the people behind this display of violations of civil rights because of religion.
Dozens of people have gathered for a provocative rally in front of the Islamic Community Center in Phoenix, Arizona, staged during Friday prayers. Anti-Islam event organizers encouraged participants to bring guns and Mohammed cartoons.
However, an even larger group of Mosque supporters gathered in a counter-protest. Arizona police stepped up security in the area to prevent provocations and defuse tensions should the events turn ugly.
The gathering outside the Phoenix mosque became a convergence of two rival protests with a phalanx of police officers separating the two.
The group of anti-Islam protesters amounted to an estimated hundred people, some wearing offensive t-shirts and placards.
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