Anti-Shariah rallies this weekend worry Muslim leaders

Austin Daniel
June 10, 2017

The Nation is bracing to manage the chaos coming through the nation wide Anti-Sharia rallies planned by Act for America, an organization committed to pit one American against the other and destroy the fabric of our nation.

"Sharia law is how we conduct our daily lives, how we pray, how we give charity, how we fast during the month of Ramadan, how we get married, how we follow procedures, how we bury our dead...these are laws that are in conformance with the Islamic understanding", Sardar stated. Some civil rights leaders see these marches as provocative, and counterprotests are likely, as NPR's Tom Gjelten reports.

SCOTT PRESLER: This was born on the Internet from me sending out a Twitter post saying, hey, I would love to do a rally.

A mosque was filled with people of all backgrounds, showing support for Connecticut's Muslims. The target there was a gay nightclub.

The target in Orlando was a gay nightclub and the perpetrator allegedly pledged loyalty to ISIS. A Facebook page for the event says only 26 people plan to attend. "Freedom to practice one's religion in peace is afforded to each of us by the U.S. Constitution and we will continue to defend it vigorously".

Among those who answered Presler's call is Denise Zamora. I have a singer that's going to sing the national anthem and "My Country, 'Tis Of Thee". "We're actually helping to fight for Muslim women, who are disproportionately affected the most by these practices". The center is the site of the deadly terror attack that killed 14 people in December 2015.

Sharia law is a strict Islamic law. I wasn't educated. So I started learning a little bit about, you know, everything.

Yet rights groups and watchdogs, among them the SPLC and the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), have criticised the marches as Islamophobic. But its sponsor, Rep. Michele Hoitenga, R-Manton, mentioned Sharia Law specifically - and cited an effort to end female genital mutilation - in an email to representatives obtained by MLive. But the marches are in danger of veering in an extremist direction.

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But critics warn Gabriel's march is not patriotism but Islam-a-phobia.

Members of the alt-right - a loosely knit movement that includes white supremacists, neo-Nazis and other far-right groups - have announced their intention to participate in numerous marches. With the South Bay being home to a large Muslim population, some aren't surprised organizers would try to stage a march nearby, but they're choosing to stay positive.

They will occur in 26 cities within the United States (check). And ultimately, want to send a message to Muslims that they are not welcome in our nation and, of course, endgame, on our planet.

On Thursday, ACT for America canceled a scheduled march in Arkansas after it learned a partner organization there was white supremacist. But left-wing militants had already promised to show up at the anti-Sharia rallies and confront the marchers.

Participants include the Oathkeepers, an anti-government militant group that ACT enlisted to provide "security", according to the Oathkeepers website. They do not want lashes for adultery.

GJELTEN: Stewart Rhodes is the Oath Keepers president.

U.S. Reps. John Conyers, D-Detroit, Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn and Brenda Lawrence, D-Southfield, joined other members of Congress in a Thursday press conference to condemn the marches. "And my question is, 'why aren't you with us, why aren't you joining us?'"

Supporters of an organization considered a hate group by local Muslims will gather in Seattle on Saturday as part of a national "March Against Sharia", prompting promises of a large counter-demonstration by opponents and an expected heavy police presence.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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