Crazy Bigot Who Organized Anti-Islam Rally in Arizona Exposed as a Scam Artist

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Jon Ritzheimer (image via 12news.com)

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.



Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • kikodpr

    knock knock Ron radicals are calling, not even the fat idiot bigot with all military and gunny that show up at the event would help you…

  • bestfriend

    “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” If this is how it works why is ‘Forward Progressives’ still making posts?

    • tracey marie

      read the entire article, he concocted this ruse to get money.

  • paulsack

    I remember a while back there was an artist that created something called “Piss Christ”,,, something to do with Jesus and pee. I wonder what the reaction would be if a group brought that to a Christian church to protest Christian hypocrisy. Seems fair,, right.?

    • tracey marie

      The art was destroyed by a “good christian”

      • Col McGillveray

        Adres Serrano , the artist, IS a Christian.

      • tracey marie

        that has nothing to do with who destroyed it, But thanks for the info.

    • Johns.Opinion

      I remember that and saw it. It was a cross in a jar, filled with Pee.
      Most people look at art for a nice feeling. But, what happen when art makes you furious. If you remember his Piss Christ was the reason congress defunded art funding.

  • allinfun

    I sincerely hope someone does get to him and his family. Someone needs to shut up finally and totally pieces of human garbage like this man.

    • Clintoris

      You hope his wife and kids get murdered you sicko?

      • allinfun

        It would stop garbage like him from reproducing

  • Jennings Bryant

    Islam- No stronger retrograde decadent force exist in the world.
    “Winston Churchill”
    Call me a bigot if you want. Anyone who worships a guy who wrote a book in a manor that instructs people to kill all westerners & Jews & describes them as apes & swines are shit. What are we turning America into, when we allow for these bastards to build a mosque next door to ground zero. Not saying this dude was right but I am saying that we need to do anything possible to push violent & stupid cultures out of this country. Islam most certainly needs to be evicted @ all cost…

    • t albert

      Mohammed wrote the Koran in a manor?

      • tracey marie

        I laughed as well.

      • YouBetcha

        Sure. The Koran is a dual religious text / murder mystery. The alternate title is “Koran: Murder in Mayfield Manor”.

    • tracey marie

      you are a wacko.

    • YouBetcha

      That’s funny, because there’s a pretty robust Islamic community in my neighborhood, and they’re incredibly kind and giving, and raise money through the mosque for all kinds of good causes. If you tried to “evict” them from this country, me and other true patriots who understand the Constitution would make sure your backwards, quasi-literate ass wouldn’t get very far. Ridiculed. That’s as far as you’d get, champ. You’re not a bigot. Bigotry would take some deliberate thought. You’re not all that bright, and you live in such a narrow little world that you’ve never actually met a Muslim.

    • TruthBtold

      The bible says to kill your brother if he worships any other god than yours. So that no one else would have to dirty their hands with an “unclean” soul.

      All your religions preach hate, and divisiveness, and killing. No ones is better than the other.

    • Col McGillveray

      Winston Churchill was a vile racist imperialist old cunt. As, it would appear, are you.

    • Bill_Clement

      Have you read the Bible?

      • fifthdentist

        Obviously not:

        Suppose you hear in one of the towns the LORD your God is giving you that some worthless rabble among you have led their fellow citizens astray by encouraging them to worship foreign gods. In such cases, you must examine the facts carefully. If you find it is true and can prove that such a detestable act has occurred among you, you must attack that town and completely destroy all its inhabitants, as well as all the livestock. Then you must pile all the plunder in the middle of the street and burn it. Put the entire town to the torch as a burnt offering to the LORD your God. That town must remain a ruin forever; it may never be rebuilt. Keep none of the plunder that has been set apart for destruction. Then the LORD will turn from his fierce anger and be merciful to you. He will have compassion on you and make you a great nation, just as he solemnly promised your ancestors. “The LORD your God will be merciful only if you obey him and keep all the commands I am giving you today, doing what is pleasing to him.” — Deuteronomy 13:13-19

    • fifthdentist

      Care to name a verse?
      There are a number of Bible verses that instruct believers to kill nonbelievers. Some say that if someone in a village tries to turn people against Bible-monster to kill everyone, destroy everything and that no people can ever live in that spot. That’s one helluva dysfunctional deity.
      And, since I asked you to name a verse, I’ll go first:

      If your own full brother, or your son or daughter, or your beloved wife, or you intimate friend, entices you secretly to serve other gods, whom you and your fathers have not known, gods of any other nations, near at hand or far away, from one end of the earth to the other: do not yield to him or listen to him, nor look with pity upon him, to spare or shield him, but kill him. Your hand shall be the first raised to slay him; the rest of the people shall join in with you. You shall stone him to death, because he sought to lead you astray from the Lord, your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery. And all Israel, hearing of this, shall fear and never do such evil as this in your midst. — Deuteronomy 13:7-12

      Suppose you hear in one of the towns the LORD your God is giving you that some worthless rabble among you have led their fellow citizens astray by encouraging them to worship foreign gods. In such cases, you must examine the facts carefully. If you find it is true and can prove that such a detestable act has occurred among you, you must attack that town and completely destroy all its inhabitants, as well as all the livestock. Then you must pile all the plunder in the middle of the street and burn it. Put the entire town to the torch as a burnt offering to the LORD your God. That town must remain a ruin forever; it may never be rebuilt. Keep none of the plunder that has been set apart for destruction. Then the LORD will turn from his fierce anger and be merciful to you. He will have compassion on you and make you a great nation, just as he solemnly promised your ancestors. “The LORD your God will be merciful only if you obey him and keep all the commands I am giving you today, doing what is pleasing to him.” Deuteronomy 13:13-19

    • John Coctostan

      “Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen;”- Winston Churchill.

      Oh, and I lived in NY. it wasn’t a mosque and it wasn’t next door to Ground Zero. But the bigots like Geller and Fox News need you to believe their lies so they can profit off your blindness.

    • El Cid

      “Islam- No stronger retrograde decadent force exist in the world.
      “Winston Churchill”

      Was not he the guy who sacrificed, at the alter of his ego, an Empire on which the Sun never set? And is it not Islam on which the Sun has never set…for the past 1400years?

      And by evicting Islam don’t you mean evicting Muslims from their countries of birth, their homelands, don’t you? If so then logically speaking…do you have a place to go back to? You are not a Native American, I presume? Are you?

      I will let go the rest of you diatribe till you are able to substantiate it, citing references, without which it is only your opinion. You are welcome to your opinion but it carries no weight as such.

      Please cite your references to back up your opinion.
      I will wait.

  • BelligerentBruncher

    This guy doesn’t get it. The only religion that is OK to ridicule and hate right now is Christianity.

    • Hagbard Celine

      All religion deserve ridicule but since it’s the Christians trying to run the show in the States they get the brunt.

      • baruchzed

        …and not all christians, just the christofascists…they need to be stopped.

      • Hagbard Celine

        That is true. I have met many decent Christians who live the love found in their book not the hate.

      • BelligerentBruncher

        But the person in this article is being called a “bigot.”

        Does that make you a bigot?

      • Hagbard Celine

        No because I criticize religion as an institution but I deal with people as individuals.

      • BelligerentBruncher

        You’re just a bigot to everybody religious ….got it.

      • Hagbard Celine

        Criticism is not bigotry. Criticism is not intolerance. Stop playing the victim it makes you seem weak.

      • BelligerentBruncher

        I’m not the victim of your bigotry as I’m agnostic.

        That doesn’t make you any less of a bigot.

      • Hagbard Celine

        Once again, criticism isn’t intolerance therefore it isn’t bigotry. Did you just learn that word recently or something? Only victims think criticism is intolerance.

      • BelligerentBruncher

        Nope, you’re still a bigot.

      • Hagbard Celine

        And you’re ignorant.

      • BelligerentBruncher

        Aww…don’t be mad. It’s just funny how you got called out on your bigotry and you refuse to accept it.

      • Hagbard Celine

        You didn’t call out anything. Post quotes from my comments that back up your allegation. You won’t because you can’t.

      • BelligerentBruncher

        You’re right, all those people criticizing gay people or black people aren’t bigots either.

      • Hagbard Celine

        All what people?

  • TruthBtold

    “…and if I were part of his family I would get away from this bottom-feeder as quickly as I could.”

    Low-blow, Allen. Sure, his friends should disown him, but you can’t say something like that and expect to stay above the right wing morally. Family is family. Thick and thin. Sure, he’s an ass. But don’t go that route. We’re better than that.

    • Jeffrey Dumaine

      So if my son or father does something as asinine as this, I should just blindly support them? Screw that! This is no different than if he were physically abusing them, they are in danger by HIS hand, and have every right to leave him in the dust.

      • Judy Jackson

        If my brother did something this MORONIC, I would disown him. Many times, the family we make is much better than the family we are born into.

    • El Cid

      Nicely said. Let me add: Low, cruel, unnecessary, uncalled for. Did not add to the argument but may have taken away from it…as you have observed.

  • El Cid

    “Crazy Bigot Who Organized Anti-Islam Rally in Arizona Exposed as a Scam Artist […] Gun-happy bigots and con men”

    There is nothing that he did that dubs him as crazy, a bigot or a scam artist. He was honestly mislead, misguided. He believed what he was told, taught about Islam and Muslim…there is plenty of that going around in public, in media, on the internet.

    In fact you can’t get away from it. It is the theme in the training of US armed forces, in their training manuals, motivations, and operational protocols. In locker rooms, target design, in sniper mental orientation and programing.

    Not gun happy but very responsible with them. Note that not a single shot was fired and no one was injured. Considering the fire power available and the stupid trusting fatalistic people facing him, passions running high…it was a demonstration in discipline and self control by him and his group. Amounting almost to a miracle on the probability curve.