Marches against Islamic law draw opposition

  • Marches against Islamic law draw opposition

Marches against Islamic law draw opposition

Anti-Islamophobia counter protesters marched in opposition to the anti-Sharia Law protest.

Marches against Sharia law happened in almost two dozen cities across the country - including Indianapolis.

For the second weekend this month, demonstrators have taken to the streets in cities across the country, including Houston.

Counter-protestors stand behind barricades across the street from an anti-Islamic law protest rally Saturday, June 10, 2017, in Seattle.

Organizers called the "March Against Sharia" rallies to protest what they say is the threat to US society posed by the set of traditional Muslim practices, which they say includes oppression of women, honor killings, homophobic violence, female genital mutilation and other abuses. In more than two dozen cities across the United States, the group organizing the rallies, ACT for America, is speaking out against Shariah law, saying it is incompatible with Western democracy and the freedoms it affords.

The anti-Sharia marchers mostly stayed towards the top of the capitol steps, and their chanting was often drowned out by the protesters' drumming and shouting. In Seattle, activists set up an "Ask an American Muslim" booth to give rally participants on either side a chance to speak with a Muslim. Wielding signs proclaiming America in imminent danger from the spectre of Sharia law, spotty collections of demonstrators popped up in cities like New York, Orlando Austin and Seattle.

The demonstrations were held in more than two dozen USA cities, including Oceanside and San Bernardino in California as well as Seattle, New York and Chicago.

CAIR urged Americans to participate in one of several local educational events being organized in "a peaceful challenge to Saturday's hate rallies". Those who showed up as counter-protesters did say they do not support the extremist views of Shariah law, but everyone has the right to practice whatever religion they want. "They've been identified as a hate group by the southern poverty law center". It's a lobbyist organization that's had close ties to the Trump administration, and they've been active for a number of years passing state-level bills that target Islamic law and also refugee policies. "I mean it's really clear that even though they're hiding as anti-sharia these are actually anti-Muslim protests".

Seven people were arrested at the Capitol in St. Paul, the Minnesota State Patrol tweeted from its official account. But such efforts have failed to stymie concerns about Sharia laws among people and Muslims have seen a rise in both hostile dialogue and attacks. The anti-Sharia demonstrators yelled, "Commie scum!"

San Bernardino Police spokeswoman Eileen Hards said they apprehended three people for the vandalism but did not release names. "All of it is just barbaric". "And if you don't stand up for it now, who knows what you are going to be able to do in the future". About 300 people attended San Bernardino's rallies.

The department said it was still reviewing how many people were arrested and what charges they might face, but at least some were expected to be booked for investigation of assault.