When Pamela Gellar organized her Muhammad drawing contest in Texas a few weeks ago that resulted in two Muslim men being killed after they opened fire outside, I actually defended her. Not because I like who she is or what she stands for, but because I disagreed with those actually saying she shouldn’t have tried to “provoke” Islam.
And for as vile of a woman as she is, the unfortunate part is – she was right. No matter what you personally feel about her, or why she did what she did, nobody should fear for their lives because they decided to draw a cartoon.
That being said, her “point” was made – case closed. There’s absolutely no reason for anyone to do something similar to what she did because at that point they’re not really trying to prove anything because it’s already been “proven,” so to speak – though what she “proved” is still highly debatable.
Well, last Friday some jackass in Arizona did try to copy Gellar’s contest in what was nothing more than an anti-Muslim event seemingly hoping to give these bigots a reason to try to kill Muslims. Because not only was this event a clear copycat of Gellar’s, but it was held outside of a mosque as well.
Thankfully, the event went on without any sort of violence breaking out like these idiots might have hoped it would.
However, it seems all this ridiculous stunt turned out to be was an elaborate con by its organizer, Jon Ritzheimer, to try to scam millions of dollars out of unsuspecting people.
You see, nearly as soon as all of this ridiculousness had ended, Ritzheimer set up a GoFundMe account asking for $10 million under the guise of “protecting his family” or to “run against John McCain.”
“I’m having to sell my house,” Ritzheimer said during a radio interview. “My family’s been threatened, so they’re in hiding right now. I’m having to go into hiding after this because they’re calling for lone wolves to come and behead me.”
So, let me get this straight. This obvious bigot organized an anti-Islam event, in front of a mosque, and he wants to seem shocked that there are threats against his life? Oh, and by the way, he wants $10 million. I guess he’s planning to build some sprawling, militarized bunker compound?
What a crock of crap.
Look, I have no doubt that he and his family have received threats, and I hope nothing happens to any of them. But it’s obvious this scam artist put this whole thing together with the intention of trying to use the national attention it would generate to try to get rich. Because, I’m sorry, if he’s so worried about the safety of his family, maybe he shouldn’t have done just about all he could to get the attention of Islamic radicals who literally would love to kill him.
That’s just stupid and irresponsible, and if I were part of his family I would get away from this bottom-feeder as quickly as I could.
Thankfully, it didn’t take GoFundMe very long to pull his campaign. It seems even they realized it was a complete scam.
Unfortunately, I’m sure this isn’t the last time we’re going to see this type of thing happen. Gun-happy bigots and con men are almost certainly going to be out in full force doing whatever they can to validate their bigotry. And in this country, there are plenty of these sorts of idiots like Jon Ritzheimer who’ll proudly step up and prove what an absolute embarrassment they are to this nation.
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