Anti-Sharia rallies this weekend worry Muslim leaders


The group Act for America is holding the almost 30 rallies across the country, calling them "March Against Sharia Law". Sharia laws are principles that guide the behavior of observant Muslims. The event is one of 28 anti-Sharia demonstrations in the United States.

"We don't give a flying kite if the world approves of us or not", Gabriel said in her video post on June 7. The target there was a gay nightclub. Sharia is not a book of statutes or judicial precedent imposed by a government, he said.

PRESLER: My email has been just pummeled with activity.

People of many faiths will stand in solidarity with Central New York's Muslims Saturday as they continue to celebrate Ramadan.

"Nothing is going to surprise us", Whitcomb said.

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He was one of many people who spoke out against the rallies at the gathering. It'll be near the site of the 2015 shooting there, when a radicalized Pakistani-American and his wife shot and killed 14 people.

"Saying that faithful Muslims can't be a good American, saying faithful Muslims aren't good participants in a civilized society, we're hearing those messages and obviously those are very concerning", said Denton. I wasn't educated. So I started learning a little bit about, you know, everything.

The Seattle Police Department said on Friday that officers will be ready for whatever happens during a pair of city-permitted protests planned for Saturday morning. ACT states that they seek to protect women and children from honor killings, female genital mutilation, and other practices that they say are endorsed or prescribed by Islamic law. But the marches are in danger of veering in an extremist direction.

ACT's Facebook page for the march contains racist and violent content directed toward Islam and Muslims, the center said. In Arkansas, one was organized by Billy Roper, a white supremacist who touted the marches this week on his podcast. "They don't think of love". Among the 129 signatories to the letters, which were organized by a group called Muslim Advocates, are the Union for Reform Judaism, Bend the Arc, the Anti-Defamation League, the National Council of Jewish Women and Jewish Voice for Peace, as well as the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, an umbrella body for Jewish public policy groups.

Conservative organizations Three Percenters and Oath Keepers have pledged to provide security to some of the March Against Sharia rallies around the country in light of counter rallies materializing in cities like Syracuse, Seattle and Portland. But left-wing militants had already promised to show up at the anti-Sharia rallies and confront the marchers.