We’re going to take a few minutes to talk about rallies happening today in dozens of cities across the country called the March Against Sharia.
On one corner, a group of about 50 counter-protesters shouted messages such as “Love, not hate”.
Oceanside resident Duane Siegmann, one of the marchers against Sharia law, said he joined the beachside gathering to spread word about what he saw as a growing menace.
However, such legislation actually accomplishes little as judges obviously can not declare that a religious Sharia law supersedes American law or the Constitution. “We see who you’re standing with”. “Don’t bring Sharia law in here because it’s created to take over the government”.
“You can’t have Sharia Law in Kansas, but you can in Missouri”, said Bob Burns on Saturday.
“We’re making so much noise to drown out the fact that they are furthering hate speech”.
ACT for America did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment Saturday.
For those who look at her hijab with fear…
Mayor Steve Adler and dozens of Austinites came together to show support for the Muslim community early Saturday morning. “We are against Islamophobia”. The event was held as the sun went down, signifying the worshipers’ breaking of the Ramadan fast for the day.
In Seattle, the counter-protest dubbed “Seattle Stands With Our Muslim Neighbors” was far larger than the anti-Shariah demonstration. In more than 20 cities, they were met by pro-Muslim demonstrations. There were three times as many counter-protesters outside.
A similar scene played out in a park near a NY courthouse, where counter-protesters sounded air-horns and banged pots and pans in an effort to silence an anti-Shari rally. However many aspects of Sharia law run contrary to basic human rights and are completely incompatible with our laws and our democratic values.
Hundreds of protesters marched against Sharia law, a group of principles that govern the moral and religious lives of Muslims.
Raymond Santos, 55, said he was not personally associated with ACT, but supports the Anti-Shariah Law cause. But the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, calls it the largest American anti-Muslim group. Around 75 people chanting “Racists out!” confronted about 30 demonstrators holding signs that read “Ban Shaira” and “Sharia abuses women”.
Act for America founder Brigitte Gabriel has been quoted as stating that a “practicing Muslim, who believes in the teachings of the Koran, can not be a loyal citizen of the United States”.
According to the Pew Research Center, the U.S. has a population that is only 0.9 percent Muslim; and Liyakat Takim, a professor of Islamic studies at McMaster University, told the AP that the vast majority of U.S. Muslims oppose implementing sharia in the U.S. “Fiqh” refers to jurisprudence, or specific laws. In Milwaukee, one Muslim community isn’t taking to the streets – instead, they’re opening their doors.
“The Quran allows slavery”. “We can not allow any group to be scapegoat”.