Hundreds protest Sharia law in Houston, nationwide

Hundreds protest Sharia law in Houston, nationwide”

Protesters at the western steps of the State Capital claimed Shariah calls for the abuse of women and has no place in America.

In St. Paul, the local Council of American-Islamic Relations chapter invited ACT protestors to tour a mosque and have a dinner to promote an interfaith dialogue. Sharia is incompaitble [sic] with our Constitution and with American values. It said sharia justifies the oppression of women and homosexuality, and advocate female genital mutilation. Counter-protesters were reportedly "dressed in black masks and hoods" and could be heard chanting, "No Trump, no KKK, no Fascist USA'".

The Threat of Sharia Law?

That's why Mark Lori says he attended the anti-Sharia Law Rally. "And we don't want Sharia Law". "I don't want it in the country", said Marian.

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

"Any event held by this individual is not sanctioned by Act for America, and is not supported or endorsed by Act for America in any manner", the group said in a statement. Across the sidewalk, counter-demonstrators held signs proclaiming "No Trump, No Pence, No KKK" and calling the demonstration a "thinly veiled attack on Muslims". "We are against Islamophobia". Religious experts say it's similar to parts of Christian and Jewish customs. Divided by fencing and police tape, politics and principles, the one thing notably missing: discussion.

A march had been planned for Portland, but an organizer moved it to Seattle after Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler called on the federal government to deny a permit.

They marched through downtown behind a large sign saying, "Seattle stands with our Muslim neighbors". Emotions really high here today, the anti-Trump crowd arguing that this was in fact part of a broad effort to smear Muslims, an ongoing effort to raise fears about Islam.

The demonstration was met by counter-protesters outside of Seattle City Hall.

The demonstrations were held in more than two dozen US cities, including Oceanside and San Bernardino in California as well as Seattle, New York and Chicago. "It's incredible to see so many people come out in the name of unity as opposed to standing against one religious tradition", Spojmie Nasiri with the Council on Islamic American Relations said.

The group behind these marches is ACT for America, the largest anti-Muslim group, in the United States, which has been listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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

"Again, it shows that the idea here is hate groups like Act For America know exactly what they're doing", said Jaylani Hussein, executive director of CAIR. "I do not believe they have a right to a platform".

"We all need to unite to get something done in this country". However, Christian Science found Gabriel's claim inaccurate when she said: "The radicals are estimated to be between 15 to 25 percent, according to all intelligence services around the world". "Fiqh" refers to jurisprudence, or specific laws.

"The Koran allows slavery, so does the Old Testament".

"The Constitution is the law of the land", he said.

The marches come amid a rise in reports of anti-Muslim incidents in the US, including arson attacks and vandalism at mosques, harassment of women wearing Muslim head coverings and bullying of Muslim schoolchildren. One of those demonstrations was held in San Bernardino, not far from a memorial set up for the victims of the 2015 terrorist attack.

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