Marches against Islam rolling out in 28 U.S. cities this weekend

Cities across the United States will witness mass rallies against radical Islam in the United States on Saturday.
By Jason Spencer | Jun 11, 2017
Cities across the United States will witness mass rallies against radical Islam in the United States on Saturday. The National March Against Sharia is to take place in 28 cities throughout 20 states, including Portland, Oregon; Seattle; Wichita, Kansas; Denver; and Washington, DC.; and will feature protests for human rights and against incursions on human rights in the name of sharia law.

"Our nation is built on the freedom of religiona pillar of our democracywhich we must always respect, protect, and honor. However, many aspects of sharia law run contrary to basic human rights and are completely incompatible with our laws and our democratic values," states Act for America, which is organizing the rallies. It cites female genital mutilation, honor killings, and violence against women, gays and lesbians, and transgendered persons as some of the specific grievances that it attributes to sharia.

ACT for America's official mission is mobilizing Americans to fight against terrorism and crime and for civil liberties. But antipathy toward Islam features in its platform and public statements. Its founder is Brigitte Gabriel, a Lebanese-American who changed her name from her birth name, Hanah Kahwagi, and who preaches that Arabs are "barbarians" and that a Muslim "cannot be a loyal citizen to the United States of America." The Southern Poverty Law Center calls ACT for America! "the nation's largest anti-Muslim hate group."

The group expressly disavows white supremacy, however, and cancelled one rally in Arkansas because a local white-power group was spearheading the event.

Still, the rally has met a backlash from progressive groups such as ANSWR and the Council for American Islamic Relations. And the mayor of Portland tried unsuccessfully to have Portland's rally shut down.

 

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