Anti-Sharia rallies this weekend worry Muslim leaders

Caroline Beck
June 10, 2017

The rallies claim to be against Sharia law.

GJELTEN: And that's the scenario where trouble could ensue given that Saturday's marches are now due to take place in at least 27 cities across the country.

(The anti-Shariah marches in MI will be both be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at the southeast corner of Telegraph Rd. and 12 Mile Southfield (near the Tel-12 Mall) and at 6200 S Pennsylvania Lansing, rain or shine). ("I am rubber, you are glue") But there is a human rights issue at stake here, and it's worth noting.

Brigitte Gabriel, the group's founder, is a Lebanese American who has in the past accused the Muslim Brotherhood political movement of conspiring to conquer the US.

"Some of the things that are said are not representative of Islam; some of the actions that people do are not representative of Islam". Organizers are aware of the group coming from Portland and the group plans to march to City Hall "or wherever they set up", according to the event posting.

Organized in part to memorialize the anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, the marches aim to raise awareness of what ACT sees as the negative effects of Muslim immigration to the United States. "This command is binding so long as they are not forced to commit an irreligious act or prevented from fulfilling their religious duties". The group has not planned a march for the nation's capital.

March organizer Stephanie Rowe said she disagrees with practices she believes the Quran teaches - honor killings, domestic violence, child brides, torturing of homosexuals and female genital mutilation. Rather than monolithic and rigid, the Muslim world is vast and diverse, with different interpretations of the obligations imposed by Sharia upon the observant.

"Our Muslim community is feeling a tremendous amount of stress and pressure", said former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, who plans to attend a counter-rally Saturday. Among the 129 signatories to the letters, which were organized by a group called Muslim Advocates, are the Union for Reform Judaism, Bend the Arc, the Anti-Defamation League, the National Council of Jewish Women and Jewish Voice for Peace, as well as the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, an umbrella body for Jewish public policy groups.

Yet Waterbury holds the distinction of being one of about 20 cities - including New York City and Boston - where ACT for America will stage demonstrations.

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ACT was founded in 2007, and its leaders have labeled Islam a "cancer", propagated theories of a secret plot by Muslims, Democrats, communists and the media to destroy America from within, and have sponsored lectures on how to monitor and oppose American mosques. We will invite individuals like Pamela Geller, Brigitte Gabriel on one side and Muslim Imams on the other to present papers and let public listen, learn and absorb.

Two other groups in Syracuse have announced counter rallies.

Aasees Kaur is a resident of Atlanta and a community development fellow at the Sikh Coalition, the nation's largest Sikh American civil rights organization.

"I wasn't even familiar with anything about Sharia law", she told NPR.

"What is wrong with a country that spreads fear and hatred when someone wants to defend what it stands for?" she said. But Gabriel- who claims to have met with President Trump in the White House- doesn't care.

The events are part of a growing tide of incidents against Muslims in America. Right-wing paramilitary groups such as the Oath Keepers offered to provide private security at the rallies.

"This was born on the Internet, from me sending out a Twitter post saying, 'Hey, I would love to do a rally, who wants to help?'" Presler told NPR.

Most American Muslims are clear what they want, but for a few who have made irresponsible statements that has fueled the anti-Sharia drive.

According to a seminal article on the bogeymen still holding the championship belt for terrorist organizations, the Islamic State group, or ISIS, "is committed to purifying the world" of non-Muslims because they believe the world belongs to the followers of the Prophet Muhammad.

ACT canceled its Arkansas march this week after the SPLC publicized Roper's longtime involvement in neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups.

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