Across the United States, counter-protests are planned as Anti-Sharia marches

Across the United States, counter-protests are planned as Anti-Sharia marches”

That's not what people in the counter-protest believe.

A confrontation that included shoving and punching occurred, The Star Tribune reported. There were three times as many counter-protesters outside.

The marches were organized in 19 states, including Minnesota. Gathering at the nearby Occidental Square Park, anti-racist demonstrators marched to City Hall where the bigots were holding their rally. "I don't trust them as far as I can throw them", said protester David Wright.

KRON4's Philippe Djegal attended the protest and said though attendees held different views they all supported a freedom of speech.

More than 100 United States religious and civil liberties groups denounced the rallies as disingenuously fear-mongering, and condemned the protests in a letter to the mayors of host cities. Sharia law is about domination of women. "Just like Jews were targeted in the past, our civil rights are being questioned and we are standing together in solidarity to fight that sentiment", Aisha Piracha with Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Alliance said.

Colorado State Troopers and Denver Police put up yellow tape around the capitol steps to keep the two sides well away from each other. Some wore red hats with Trump's campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again".

In Chicago, protesters and counter-protesters shouted at each other from behind police barriers.

Marches against Islamic law are being held in more than two dozen cities across the country including in Austin. In Seattle, activists set up an "Ask an American Muslim" booth to give rally participants on either side a chance to speak with a Muslim. It's not entirely clear how a blatantly illegal act that devastated a community and was condemned by almost everybody is a sign that USA law is coming under control of Muslims.

The "March Against Sharia" took place in cities including St. Paul, Minnesota, Seattle, Washington, and New York City.

A larger group gathered outside the Capitol to speak out against ACT for America's message.

"It is absolutely impossible for any religious law to take over U.S. law", Beirich said, cited by NBCnews.com. They organized the march claiming that Sharia goes against human rights and democracy while stating that it was done to protect women and children who had been mutilated or worse under Sharia law.

Nearby, pro-Muslim demonstrators were also taking a stand.

An overwhelming majority of Muslims don't want to replace USA law with Shariah, and only "radical extremist groups" would call for that, Liyakat Takim, a professor of Islamic students at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, told the Associated Press. It says it condemns bias against religious groups and is "proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with peaceful Western Muslims as well as peaceful Muslims worldwide".

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