Anti-Sharia rallies this weekend worry Muslim leaders

Wade Massey
June 10, 2017

The rally was originally planned for Portland, but organizers moved it to our town. This is why the rallies are held during the holy month of Ramadan. (The events were planned for a plaza managed by the U.S. General Services Administration.) The American Civil Liberties Union of OR argued that was a violation of the First Amendment, and the feds allowed the permits anyway.

A pair of counter-protests are set to take place in Lansing as well and police say they'll be monitoring the situation.

On Thursday, ACT for America removed its backing from the planned anti-Sharia march in Arkansas when national leaders learned that the local organizer was associated with white supremacist groups.

Khater says that might be the basis of what some are incorrectly interpreting as religious law superseding secular law.

Unlike Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray did not believe permits for the event should be blocked.

Share with Us - We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article, and smart, constructive criticism. We're going to do a prayer. American Muslims firmly believe in free speech and are not opposing or participating in it, but are concerned about the safety of Americans. "So the permit as applied for would be assessed like any other permit and should be done that way".

Meanwhile, the City of Waterbury has been preparing for the march. On its website, the group calls itself "the NRA of national security". "We want to remind our community members that hate groups like Act for America and rhetoric have real serious consequences".

The nationwide anti-Islam rallies are led by ACT for America, a Virginia-based extremist group which the Southern Poverty Law Center describes as "the largest grassroots anti-Muslim group in America". I wish our members had half as much testicular fortitude. The event is one of 28 anti-Sharia demonstrations in the United States.

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Such extremism alarmed the ACT for America leadership. And religious groups across the country are speaking out. "We ask you to join us", the Facebook event reads.

Seattle Police plans on navigating the two opposing groups the same way they did May Day in Westlake Park.

We will speak out and show up for everyone against the unjust targeting and discrimination of people because of the color of their skin, the faith they practice, or the origin of their family.

That's convenient because nobody will be near City Hall Plaza on a Saturday.

"Protests aren't anything new for us". Probably not. Should it? "One of their most universally revered figures, the Christian Albanian nobleman Skanderbeg, spent 25 years fending off large Ottoman armies in the 1400s". "We're encouraging our members to go to each and every one of them", Rhodes said. But this all works to Roosh V's advantage.

Protests got heated in Portland recently, but Parish insisted his demonstration in Seattle won't turn violent. The people are marching in support of human rights. He preys on people who have socialization issues, or issues with women, then exploits their fears and personal tragedies for the benefit of his personal brand. "We stand firmly opposed to any actions by individuals or organizations that seek to attack or intimidate based on race, religion, or sexual orientation", the organization said in a statement. They have nearly certainly been emboldened by the election of Donald Trump and they are literally killing people.

"Let's hope this protest that is taking place on Saturday is an opportunity for people to learn about all the opportunities that exists in the Twin Cites", Rev. Grant Abbott of the Saint Paul Interfaith Network said.

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