5 Things To Know About The Organizers Of Muhammad Cartoon Contest

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5 Things To Know About The Organizers Of Muhammad Cartoon Contest
Blogger Pamela Geller speaks at a Sept. 11, 2012, conference she organized in New York titled "Stop Islamization of America."i

Blogger Pamela Geller speaks at a Sept. 11, 2012, conference she organized in New York titled “Stop Islamization of America.” David Karp/AP hide caption

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Blogger Pamela Geller speaks at a Sept. 11, 2012, conference she organized in New York titled "Stop Islamization of America."

Blogger Pamela Geller speaks at a Sept. 11, 2012, conference she organized in New York titled “Stop Islamization of America.”

David Karp/AP

After two gunmen opened fire at the site of a Muhammad cartoon drawing contest Sunday night in Garland, Texas, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, which organized the event, is once again in the spotlight.

Here are five things you should know about the group.

1. Anti-Islam or pro-free speech? The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks extremist groups, lists the American Freedom Defense Initiative as an “active anti-Muslim group.”

The New-York-based AFDI says its goal is simply to “go on the offensive when legal, academic, legislative…

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