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Seattle: We stand with our Muslim neighbors

20 June 2017

The undersigned organizations include Amnesty International, the Anti-Defamation League, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Muslim Advocates and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

Hundreds across the U.S. rallied yesterday in "Marches against Shariah", protesting the perceived threat of radical Islam to American civilisation.

They said liberals, Democrats and others are allowing Shariah to supplant the U.S. Constitution.

Act for America founder Brigitte Gabriel has been quoted as stating that a "practicing Muslim, who believes in the teachings of the Koran, can not be a loyal citizen of the United States".

However those against Sharia law...

Counter-protesters said the rally was stoking unfounded fears and stirring racism.

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Rizvi said she was disappointed that "such a hateful rally" took place at the Inland Regional Center.

The Saturday rallies in Chicago occurred near a building developed by President Donald Trump. Pro-Trump people told me that this idea of Sharia is sort of a shorthand, a symbol of where they think the country might go if more Muslim refugees and immigrants arrive. The organisers claim they are the "largest anti-Muslim group in America, with 280,000 members and over 1,000 chapters". Williams also posed for pictures with a militia group and called on attendees to "unite against Shariah law", the SPLC said.

Still, Denver resident Stephanie Potts said most Americans need an education on the contradictions between Shariah and American law.

Yusufi-Marin described Sharia law as a series of opinions, not a firm set of rules, on issues such as how to prepare food and what types of shoes to wear at a mosque.

Lead speaker for NYC's hate march was Gavin McInnes, founder of VICE who in the past has downplayed white terrorism and blamed women for domestic violence.

"Most of these protests are happening because people don't know what the true teaching of Islam are", said Rizwan Ahmad, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

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The opposing groups varied in their numbers throughout Saturday afternoon. One person was arrested after having a confrontation with the anti-Sharia law group and Oceanside police.

At least one protester was arrested for attempting to cross the crosswalk, police say.

Paul Adler says he showed up to stand up for the silenced.

In Seattle, the counter-protest dubbed "Seattle Stands With Our Muslim Neighbors" was far larger than the anti-Shariah demonstration.

Sharia law is about domination of women.

"It's insane!" Counter-protesters banged on pots and made other noise to try to drown out the anti-Shariah rally.

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Protesters in Indianapolis were on Washington Street, and organizers say the march is about fighting for human rights, rather than against Muslims. John Conyers, Shelia Jackson Lee, Ruben Gallego and others, slammed ACT on Thursday for stroking hate against American Muslims, The Daily Beast Reported.