- Associated Press - Saturday, June 13, 2015

ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire man wants to defy an Islamic prohibition on depicting the prophet Muhammad in pictures and plans to host a ‘Draw Muhammad’ art contest in August.

Jerry Delemus (‘deh-LAY-mus’), a 60-year-old former Marine, says the freedom of expression guaranteed by the First Amendment trumps any religion’s limitations on such expression.

Delemus, of Rochester, tells television station WMUR (https://bit.ly/1HDZzma) he recognizes that there are risks inherent in hosting such an event, but adds that he plans on having plenty of security on hand.

In early May police killed two gunmen and a security guard was injured at a similar event in Garland, Texas.

Early this year, a gunman killed 12 people at the Paris headquarters of Charlie Hebdo magazine for publishing satirical pictures of Muhammad.


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