Dueling demonstrations in Chicago and many other cities were held Saturday between those who raised the specter that extremist interpretations of Islamic law might somehow spread across the US and others who called such fears unfounded.
The rally was one of more than two dozen held across the USA on Saturday to target the notion that extremist interpretations of Islamic law might somehow infect American democracy.
(AP Photo/Craig Ruttle). Demonstrators gathered to protest against Islamic law take part in a rally Saturday, June 10, 2017, in NY. Numerous latter were dressed in black masks and hoods and chanting "No Trump, no KKK, no Fascist USA".
"So often, counter protests are focused on hating them more than they hate us", she said.
►Make it easy to keep up to date with more stories like this. Majority carried handguns. Stay on top of breaking news stories with the ABC11 News AppFatema Ahmed is Muslim and her group talked about Islamophobia and where the racist sentiments come from. "Laws are amenable to change", Takim said. The SPLC cites ACT founder Brigitte Gabriel saying that a practicing Muslim who believes in the teachings of the Koran can not be a loyal citizen of the United States among other, similar remarks.
"This is a movement that opposes Sharia Law and oppression and is for human rights", says Ximena Barreto, who says she organized the march in conjunction with Latinas for Trump and ACT for America and Republican Woman of Oceanside.
Pro Muslim demonstrators waved signs that said "We stand with our Muslim neighbors" while vocalizing their message of support through speeches, chants, drumming and even rapping. Although they tried to shout him down at times from disparaging Islam and Shariah law, he welcomed the rift of opinions. Some have blamed Trump's harsh rhetoric on Islam for the uptick in anti-Muslim activity, arguing that the president has normalized such behavior. "They are here to kill, steal and destroy America", a protester named Mary told KPIX.
"Sharia Law has nothing to do with the country".
MANN: Well, this was a group called Act for America.
Anti-Islamic law protester Denise Zamora, 39, said she and others in her group were not opposed to all Muslims. Tensions are running high in Portland after a man yelling religious and racial slurs at two teenage girls on a commuter train fatally stabbed two men who tried to stop him. "He's the one unleashing this kind of madness", said protester Lina Thorne. But such efforts have failed to stymie concerns about Sharia laws among people and Muslims have seen a rise in both hostile dialogue and attacks. "I don't want that to happen here".
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, ACT is one of the nation's largest anti-Muslim groups, claiming 280,000 members and 1,000 chapters. "And so understanding that most demonstrations are single voice, and sometimes require movements, that's kind of like the ordinary demonstration".