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'March Against Sharia,' counter-protests planned for Harrisburg Saturday

10 June, 2017, 17:45 | Author: Melody Ballard

A member of alliance told Syracuse.com that the rally is still on, but declined to say how many people plan to attend.

In this June 1, 2017, photo, locksmith Jim King upgrades the locks on the Eugene Islamic Center in Eugene, Ore.

The worshippers at the Eugene Islamic Center are anxious about their security. Also, the group practicing FGM that has been seen in the news recently is a small Muslim sect.

It has allowed for people like the paedophile-defending blowhard Milo Yiannopoulos, the blogger-cum-anti-Muslim-hate-monger Pamela Geller and a coterie of rabid 'New Atheists' who present themselves as progressive princes and princesses to join forces in the name of fighting Islam.

Now, Muslim leaders are concerned about anti-Sharia law rallies planned for Seattle and two-dozen other US cities this weekend, saying they are anti-Muslim.

Hundreds of people are expected to gather at the Minnesota State Capitol at midday Saturday in dueling protests focused on Islam in America. Because they're not really a human rights organization at all: They only bring up "human rights" when they feel it can be used against the Muslims they despise.

In canceling its Portland plans, the group organizing the event, ACT for America, objected to being labeled as an "alt-right" group and claimed to be supporting women's rights by opposing "Sharia law".

"I'm going to be telling people we don't tolerate violence", Parish says, adding that the Portland killings had nothing to do with the group.

It may seem incendiary, but it is impossible to deny the facts: A group of violent extremists who exhibit all the traits, rhetoric and ideology of a terrorist group are planning a major event this weekend. It was from somebody who insisted that: "To oppose the march against sharia means you support sharia" - and are therefore against human rights.

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The goal is to rally people together and educate, said Scott Presler, lead activism strategist for the group. She told KUOW's Kim Malcolm that westerners are often confused about what sharia encompasses.

One of the demonstrations is billed as an anti-Sharia law march and it's permitted for the steps of City Hall. He wants to know why other groups do not stand in solidarity with them against genital mutilation, forcing women into marriage and honor violence, all of which, he said, were taking place on US soil.

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. "Yes to Service and Unity Rally and Food Drive" that the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) organized in Atlanta.

Muslim leaders hear echoes of the views of groups like ACT for America in President Donald Trump's temporary ban on entry into the USA from six Muslim-majority countries — a measure now blocked by federal courts — and in his claims of dangers posed by immigrants and Muslim refugees.

Act for America says on its website that it aim to fight terrorism and promote national security. The man was charged with intimidation, menacing and harassment.

Most American Muslims are clear what they want, but for a few who have made irresponsible statements that has fueled the anti-Sharia drive. On Friday night an interfaith gathering was held at a mosque in Berlin.

AP Religion Writer Rachel Zoll in NY contributed to this report.

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