Anti-Sharia rallies draw counter-protests, arrests

Anti-Sharia rallies draw counter-protests, arrests”

In Chicago, "about 30 people demonstrated against Islamic law and in favor of President Trump", but twice as many counter-protesters shouted back, the wire service reports.

A far-right wing organization named ACT for America, by the Southern Poverty Law Center, on Saturday held anti-Muslim rallies in almost 30 locations across the United States; however, the demonstrators were outnumbered by counter-protesters in most of the cities.

The protest was put on by "Act for America", an organization the Southern Poverty Law Center say is an anti-Muslim hate group.

The organisation said it opposes discrimination and supports the rights of those subject to Sharia or Islamic law.

"I don't believe Islam can peacefully co-exist with the Constitution", said Seattle anti-Shariah demonstrator Aaron Bassford, 29.

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".

Demonstrations were held across the nation Saturday in protest of Shariah law, but those protests were also met with counter-protests.

In New York, protesters attempted to drown out the chanting of the anti-Sharia march by sounding air horns and banging pots and pans.

In Syracuse, NY, counter-protesters marched, shouting "Shame!"

In St. Paul, police arrested seven people after clashes occurred between anti-Muslim demonstrators and counterprotesters outside the state Capitol.

Ruben Torres, 27, of Corona said he saw news about the event on Facebook and made a decision to join in Saturday's protest.

"We're here marching for women's rights". They claim that many aspects of Sharia law run contrary to basic human rights and are incompatible with our laws and our democratic values.

New York City's march got under way about an hour late and involved some three dozen ACT supporters waving oversized American flags.

About 100 people gathered inside the Capitol Rotunda for the "March Against Sharia" rally.

Legal scholars say there's little to zero threat to USA democracy from Islamic law. By 4 p.m., many people from both groups had left the area and only a few remained.

In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, more than a dozen men belonging to the anti-government Oath Keepers were on hand, invited by ACT to provide security.

Act for America has been obsessed with Shariah law and began a campaign against it in 2008.

It describes itself as a "nonpartisan association of current and former military, police, and first responders" sworn to defend the U.S. Constitution. Meanwhile, hate cries against Muslims have been on the rise. CAIR recently released a report showing a 57 percent increase in anti-Muslim incidents in 2016 over the previous year. But citizens across the United States have stated their fear of sharia law and several state legislatures have passed laws sponsored by ACT which explicitly ban state courts from applying worldwide or sharia law in their decisions.

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