Anti-Shariah rallies set for weekend worry Muslim leaders

Posted June 10, 2017

One rally is being held by a controversial group holding rallies nationwide calling it the "March Against Sharia".

On Saturday, June 10, 2017, Santa Clara will host of one of almost 30 anti-Sharia marches planned nationwide by ACT for America, a non-profit organization which bills itself as the NRA of national security.

Former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn told The Associated Press why he is going to attend a counter-rally against ACT for America on June 10: "Our Muslim community is feeling a tremendous amount of stress and pressure".

The Quran commands believers (Chapter 5, verse 32), "If anyone slew a person be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land, it would be as if he slew the whole humanity; and if anyone saved a life it would be as if he saved the life of the whole humanity".

ACT for America said on Wednesday that it canceled its march in Arkansas after learning that the organizer, Billy Roper, is affiliated with a white supremicist organization. I agree with the constitutional structure that we have in the United States, and almost every American Muslim you ask would say the same thing.

"Some of the things that are said are not representative of Islam; some of the actions that people do are not representative of Islam".

Anthony Parish, who is organizing the group's "Anti-Sharia march for human rights", told KIRO 7 News that the rally is not anti-Muslim, but rather against parts of Islam's teachings.

Organized in part to memorialize the anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, the marches aim to raise awareness of what ACT sees as the negative effects of Muslim immigration to the United States. They made a business out of it and almost $100 Million dollars have been earned by the opposers of the Sharia - a gratuitous act, and waste of public time.

The organizers claim sharia condones practices like female genital mutilation, forced marriage and oppression of the LGBTQ community. Sharia is a rule of barbaric law masquerading in the name of religion.

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The protests are set to happen on Lansing's south side and are led by a group called "Act for America". This one we expect, is a demonstration that will have its own counter demonstration.

Presler said around 500,000 women in the USA are either at risk of undergoing or have undergone female genital mutilation, quoting a study referenced by ACT for America on its website.

Masih Fouladi with the Council for American-Islamic Relations says these groups are doing nothing but spreading unfounded fears about Muslims. SPD spokesperson Sean Whitcomb would say only, "We believe City Hall Plaza is the best venue for the event".

Public Sharia on the other hand is a covenant between two or more individuals where the third party administers its execution. Oopsie. See, that's an issue that ACT for America's Islamophobe agenda can't countenance.

"What is wrong with a country that spreads fear and hatred when someone wants to defend what it stands for?" she said.

Gabriel, who often appears as a cheerleader for Trump in conservative media, has trumpeted her group's ties to the White House.

"ACT for America has never, and will never, tolerate any bias, discrimination, or violence against anyone, based on their religion, gender, race, or political persuasion", its website reads.

"They don't make that distinction when they're talking amongst themselves and when they're taking to their base", said Sunsara Taylor, a New York-based organizer with Refuse Fascism, which was founded the month after Donald Trump was elected president.

We, the undersigned members of the Interfaith Action Committee of The Lehigh Conference of Churches, stand in solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters and against ACT for America's planned March Against Sharia scheduled for Saturday in Harrisburg and up to 20 other USA cities.