Rallies against Islamic law draw counter-protests across US

Demonstrators gathered to protest against Islamic law foreground

Rallies against Islamic law draw counter-protests across US

Anti-sharia protesters scuffle with counter demonstrators and members of the Minnesota State Patrol at the state capitol in St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S. June 10, 2017. "We have to be careful with who we let in the country".

Marches against Islamic law have drawn larger counter-rallies in some USA cities.

Counter demonstrators opposing a group who gathered nearby to protest against Islamic-law yell out on Sat., June 10, 2017, in NY.

"Sharia law is against our freedom".

However, such legislation actually accomplishes little as judges obviously can not declare that a religious Sharia law supersedes American law or the Constitution. "And we don't want Sharia Law".

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

The SPLC says Oath Keepers is "one of the largest radical antigovernment groups in the United States", organised around a "set of baseless conspiracy theories".

"I'm here because ACT for America spreads misinformation about what is Islam, what it means and who Muslims are", Griffin said.

Mayor Steve Adler and dozens of Austinites came together to show support for the Muslim community early Saturday morning.

And somewhere in the middle between all the people, the police stood guard, just in case. Many people called for better treatment of women.

Among the 100 people, there was a lot of cursing, a lot of chanting, and a lot of rhetoric about constitutional rights.

Hundreds of counter-protesters marched through downtown Seattle, banging drums, cymbals and cowbells behind a large sign saying "Seattle stands with our Muslim neighbors". A group of bicycle police officers separated them from dozens rallying against Shariah. "Many aspects of Sharia law run contrary to basic human rights and are completely incompatible with our laws and our democratic values". Rally participants and a handful of counter-protesters appeared Saturday in Atlanta's Piedmont Park.

A similar scene played out in a park near a NY courthouse, where counter-protesters sounded air-horns and banged pots and pans in an effort to silence an anti-Shariah rally.

The crowd of counter-protesters vastly out numbered the anti-Sharia rally.

Jacqueline Jackson, Muslim Community Organizer in Waterbury said "Our goal here today is to be peaceful and to learn something and walk away with some sort of an action that they can do in their own personal lives to ensure peace and equality for all people".

ACT for America organized "March Against Sharia" rallies in at least 28 cities across America on Saturday. "They've been identified as a hate group by the southern poverty law center".

"They believe that Muslims are trying to implement Sharia law in this country and totally replace the Constitution, which is impossible". "Fiqh" refers to jurisprudence, or specific laws.

He said the group was not anti-Muslim.

Schildmeier claimed that Sharia law allows atrocities such as the marriage of 9-year-old girls, the stoning of women, beheadings and the killing of gays by throwing them from roofs. "Really if anything, we're at risk of fascism being imposed on America", said Raphael Kadaris, speaking for a group called Refuse Fascism. "Laws are amenable to change", Takim said.

Rallies and counter protests will also take place in San Bernardino, California, near the Inland Regional Center - the site of the deadly terror attack that killed 14 people in December 2015, CBS San Francisco reports. And to no one's surprise, the rally approved of President Donald Trump's calls to impose restrictions on immigrants and refugees.

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