PHOENIX, Az. – Paul Izrary is a former Marine and a staunch opponent of the Catholic Church. He and his partner Mitchel Tomesh, a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of his childhood priest, are the organizers of next Saturday’s “Freedom of Speech Rally” outside Saint Mary’s Basilica in Phoenix, Arizona.
According to a Facebook page set up by Izrary, the purpose of the rally is to call attention to the “rampant sexual abuse and corruption that plague the Catholic Church.” So far, an estimated 1,100 people are set to attend the event, which will include a cartoon contest judged by Izrary and Tomesh. “In support of our God-given right to free speech, myself and Mitchel will host a drawing contest beginning at 6 p.m.,” Izrary said.
Contestants will be given thirty minutes to draw or paint a scene depicting several people or animals urinating and defecating on Jesus as he hangs from the cross at the summit of Mt. Moriah. According to Izrary’s Facebook page, contestants will be awarded “bonus points” if they utilize use their own excrement in the drawings. “It’s about freedom of speech,” Izrary told Fox 10 Phoenix.
“Contestants will be judged based on their artistic abilities, design, and attention to detail,” Izrary said. The winner of the contest will be presented with a custom-built AR-15 assault rifle, valued at $2500, and five thousand rounds of ammunition. Izrary said he hopes the rally will help “expose the true colors of the Catholic Church.”
The event, scheduled for 6 p.m. on June 6th, begins just as Saturday’s evening service at the Basilica ends. Izrary encourages any gun owners in attendance to exercise their right to open-carry at the rally.