Marches against Islamic law draw opposition

Claudine Rigal
Juin 11, 2017

The Anti-War Committee, which joined the counter protest, called the March Against Sharia "part of a rising tide of hate speech, which fuels racist hate crimes that target Muslims". Barricades and a heavy police presence, including officers mounted on horses, separated about 60 anti-Sharia demonstrators from an equal number of counter-protesters, many dressed in black masks and hoods and chanting "No Trump, no KKK, no Fascist USA". "They voted here in 2013 in North Carolina about Sharia Law, and it's just not recognized here in North Carolina", said Ahmed.

Protests against Sharia law were set to begin at 10 am, with the interfaith rally and food drive set for 11 am outside the Al-Farooq Masjid in Midtown.

However those against Sharia law...

That's exactly what happened for several hours today as people on both sides of the issue protested in what they stand for. "I mean it's really clear that even though they're hiding as anti-sharia these are actually anti-Muslim protests". Some have blamed Trump's harsh rhetoric on Islam for the uptick in anti-Muslim activity, arguing that the president has normalized such behavior. "These people (protesters) don't speak for me".

Among the 100 people, there was a lot of cursing, a lot of chanting, and a lot of rhetoric about constitutional rights. "I don't like how they treat women". The event was held as the sun went down, signifying the worshipers' breaking of the Ramadan fast for the day.

Hundreds marched through downtown Seattle, banging drums, cymbals and cowbells behind a large sign saying "Seattle stands with our Muslim neighbors".

About two dozen people gathered to oppose Islamic law, and many were many carrying assault weapons and wearing military-style uniforms.

Saturday's demonstration was one the largest protests against Islam put on by "Act for America".

"Shariah law is kind of making its way into countries", Stephanie Eitel Rosemount, an organizer with ACT for America, said.

"This is a movement that opposes Sharia Law and oppression and is for human rights", says Ximena Barreto, who says she organized the march in conjunction with Latinas for Trump and ACT for America and Republican Woman of Oceanside. "They've been identified as a hate group by the southern poverty law center".

"We all need to unite to get something done in this country". They say Islamic law poses no threat to American democracy.

In fact, Shariah refers to guidelines or principles that are shared among Muslims while "Fiqh" refers to jurisprudence, or specific laws, which can change, said Takim.

"The Quran allows slavery, so does the Old Testament. Really if anything, we're at risk of fascism being imposed on America", said Raphael Kadaris, speaking for a group called Refuse Fascism. "Laws are amenable to change".

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