Anti-Islamic law, Muslim demonstrators gather in Waterbury

Hundreds to attend protests in downtown Seattle

Counter-Protests Outnumber Anti-Muslim Marches in Several Cities Across US

Counter-protesters banged on drums and shouted "Racists, racists go home!" Clusters of protesters and counter-protesters gathered on four corners of an intersection at a memorial to the slain, yelling and waving American flags and posters proclaiming various causes.

In many cities, the ACT protestors were outnumbered by counter protestors who said the protests were fueling racism and anti-Islamic hatred.

Shariah, Takim said, refers to guidelines or principles - how Muslims should live.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated ACT for America as a hate group. ANTI-SHARIA MARCHES, COUNTER-PROTESTS LEAD TO FIGHTING AND ARRESTSHowever, downtown Raleigh saw two protests: One on Capitol grounds where North Carolinians gathered to protest the law, while a second group protesting Islamophobia gathered at Halifax Mall. In Milwaukee, one Muslim community isn't taking to the streets - instead, they're opening their doors. Its highly effective grassroots campaign has resulted in more than 13 states introducing bills to ban Shariah law even though there would be clear constitutional constraints to somehow making religious law supersede US law.

More than 100 protesters roamed the streets of South Lansing, voicing their opinions on Sharia law...a law that defines the Islamic religion. Its founder, Brigitte Gabriel, has frequently spouted Islamaphobic rhetoric, saying that a practicing Muslim "cannot be a loyal citizen of the United States", and that Europe is in danger of becoming "Eurabia".

"The Koran allows slavery, so does the Old Testament". A man collapsed under the piercing midday sun while watching a speech at the anti-Shariah ACT for America rally. The Unity Rally and Iftar (to break a fast during Ramadan) will be at 7 the Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church at 9400 Pflumm Road in Lenexa.

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

A coalition of 129 national and local organizations has also sent letters to 29 mayors in advance of the anti-Sharai marches scheduled in their cities, urging them to embrace "values of pluralism, diversity and liberty for all while firmly rejecting the forces of hate and bigotry that seek to divide us".

"This is a march against Sharia law and for human rights", the group said in a press release.

Those rallies were met with counter-protests held by people saying ACT for America is distorting Islam's teachings.

A representative for ACT for America could not be reached for comment.

"All those people who are protesting against Sharia Law, first of all are not aware of what Sharia Law is, or what it really stands for".

"We're about love, not hate", she said. They came from as far as San Francisco and Santa Cruz.

Anti-Muslim incidents rose 57 percent previous year, including a 44 percent jump in anti-Islamic hate crimes, CAIR said in a report released in early May.

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