The shooting of two gunmen at an anti-Muslim event in Texas has sparked renewed interest in the activities of its organisers

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SHAFAQNA – According to The Independent newspaper The shooting of two gunmen at an anti-Muslim event in Texas has sparked renewed interest in the activities of its organisers, the “American Freedom Defense Initiative” (AFDI).

Set up by Pamela Geller in 2010 and also known as “Stop Islamization of America”, the organisation has been listed as a hate group by leading civil rights advocates and is best-known outside the US for sponsoring anti-Islamic advertising campaigns on the side of buses across the country.

Critics of the “Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest” said it was deliberately inflammatory and would inevitably offend Muslims – while the AFDI said it was to promote freedom of expression.

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