NH Man Planning 'Draw Muhammad' Art Contest
In response to last month's ISIS-inspired attack at a "Draw the Prophet" Muhammad art contest in Garland, Tex., a New Hampshire man is planning a similar event.
"If we back away from our freedoms as citizens a little bit at a time, next thing you know we don't have any left," Jerry DeLemus explained. "[If] they want to fight over it, if that's where they want to go, then we'll have that fight."
The 60-year-old former Marine is planning to host the New Hampshire "Draw Muhammad" event this August, inspired by Pamela Geller’s free speech event last month.
Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano said on "Fox and Friends" that the government has a profound responsibility to protect DeLemus' free speech rights.
"If he brings people to an environment, the message is that the environment is safe. But if some people come there to aggravate or to destroy the environment because they disagree with his speech, he cannot be held criminally responsible for their behavior," Judge Napolitano said.
"The First Amendment says you have the right to utter speech that is hateful, speech that nobody likes. And the government has the duty to protect your right to do so," Judge Napolitano explained.
"If we start shying away from our freedoms today, we'll be going down a slippery slope. His argument is - and I agree with him - it is worth the risk because the First Amendment - if the government does what it's supposed to do, and it doesn't always do it - the First Amendment will be triumphant."
Watch the "Fox and Friends" clip above.