On Saturday, June 10, the Islamophobic group ACT (American Congress for Truth) for America held “Marches Against Sharia” in over two dozen cities across the United States. Emboldened by President Donald Trump and his strong anti-Muslim rhetoric, the group that the Southern Poverty Law Center considers one of the top hate groups in the U.S. decided to organize a show of force.
some places, far-right groups such as the Proud Boys and the Oath
Keepers “guarded” the rallies. Some demonstrators held banners
with pro-Trump and anti-immigration slogans.
in almost every city, the numbers of right-wingers were dwarfed by
allies and friends of the Muslim community who came out to say: “No
hate, no fear. Muslims are welcome here.” In a few areas there were
as many as 10 times as many present to show support for the Muslim
community as those who came to denounce Islam, under the pretence
that Sharia law poses a threat to “American democracy.”
the Twin Cities, about 30 terrified bullies gathered in the Capitol
Rotunda while over 400 people rallied on the Capitol steps in near
hundred-degree heat. Facebook posts beforehand assured the bullies
that they had a private parking lot and plenty of security to get
them inside safely. The attendees were also encouraged to come “armed
outside in the sun, counter-demonstrators heard from speakers who
explained what Sharia law really says—something the people inside
the Capitol certainly did not learn. An anti-Zionist Jew relayed some
of the requirements of Talmudic law for comparison.
the anti-Sharia fanatics imagine a country living under Biblical law,
all of the Abrahamic religions contain elements from times long past
that would not translate well into the present day. While condoning
slavery, for example, the Bible condemns to death anyone who touches
the skin of a pig. Remember that the next time you watch a football
Socialist Action does not believe it is accurate to label these
bigots “fascists,” we do recognize the growing threat to
communities of color and non-Christians (especially Muslims) posed by
the empowering of haters who believe their increasingly violent
assaults are sanctioned by God and the U.S. administration currently
in power. We stand together against this rising tide of ignorant
hatred and say: “No to bigotry. Yes to freedom of religion. We
stand with our Muslim neighbors.”
>> The article above was written by Karen Schraufnagel.