May 6, 2015 – Two men who opened fire outside a Prophet Mohammed cartoon contest were killed by police Sunday night. The event, held in the Dallas suburb of Garland was sponsored by anti-Muslim group the American Freedom Defense Initiative, which invited cartoonists to send in cartoons of Prophet Mohammad, receiving over 350 submissions hoping to collect the $10,000 prize. The group stated that they had specifically picked the Curtis Culwell Center, a public school-owned facility, because it had hosted an event denouncing Islamophobia in January. In addition to the display of cartoons, a right-wing Dutch politician deemed to be on al Qaeda’s hit list was scheduled to speak at the event.
Details are now starting to surface about the would-be attackers with at least one claiming a link to the terrorist group Isis. The incident is drawing obvious comparisons to the terror attacks in Paris in January which left 17 dead.
Jon Stewart devoted the opening segment of The Daily Show to the incident at the Mohammed cartoon contest:
“It is not okay to shoot other people because you are offended by what they draw. Even if they drew it to offend you, no shooting of them. Never okay!”
View Stewart’s complete segment here courtesy of Comedy Central.