Anti-Islam rallies, organized by the Global Rally for Humanity group, will take place in more than 20 American cities this weekend. The events were reportedly planned to protest Islam and will “target” government offices, community centers, and mosques throughout the United States.
Security at United States mosques has been enhanced since the Global Rally for Humanity announcement was made about the weekend of events, MSN reports.
“Standing up against Islam does not mean you’re a racist or a bigot, it simply means you’re not an idiot and can see the reality of Islam around the world,” the rally organizers, who have been deemed anti-Islam, wrote on their Facebook page. “The world is saying no to Islam.”
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) October 10, 2015
The Council on American-Islamic Relations is reportedly working with Islamic community leaders to make sure local law enforcement officials and elected officials are aware of when and where the rallies will take place. In New York City, demonstrators were reportedly suggested to protest in front of Islamic mosques in all five boroughs. In Dearborn, Michigan, anti-Islam rally attendees were reportedly told to bring their guns to the demonstrations to foster an “open carry, anti-mosque, pro-America rally.”
Dearborn Mayor Tells Citizens To Stay Away From Anti-Islam Rallies
The following is an excerpt from a release by the Council on American-Islamic Relations organization.
“Organizers of the hate rallies have indicated that participants in states with open carry laws may be armed and that provocations such as the use of live pigs and Quran desecrations may occur. The anti-Islam rallies come at a time of increased hate-motivated crimes and bias incidents nationwide targeting persons and property associated, or perceived to be associated, with Islam and the American Muslim community.”
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) October 10, 2015
Approximately 200 Americans showed up to protest in front of a mosque in Arizona on Saturday, Fox News reports. The Phoenix protest was held next to a local Islamic Community Center. The rally may be one of the highest attended after the call for weekend demonstrations, according to a KTAR radio report.
Islamic Community Center President, Usama Shami, sadi the Global Rally for Humanity group was merely putting its bigotry on display.
“They’re trying to say that the whole religion, or all of the Muslims are just like the violent extremists,” Sumayyah Dawud, who is Muslim, said during an interview with KTAR.
Shami said the protesters and event organizers are creating an atmosphere of hate. He said the Global Rally for Humanity organizers may be dealing with individuals who are “less stable mentally” and could spark a “climate of intolerance in a country filled with firearms.”
John Ritzheimer, who organized the Phoenix mosque protest, said he is not against Muslims personally, but he does oppose their ideology.
“The way my mother raised me, she told me a story about Mother Teresa, Mother Teresa was invited to an anti-war rally and she said ‘oh no I would never go to an anti-anything rally, but if you were to have a pro-peace rally, I would surely go to that,” Rizheimer said.
Greg Burelson, a militia member who volunteers his time to track cartel members along the United States border with Mexico, said the mosques serve as a breeding ground for terrorists. He stated during an interview that Muslims can practice Islam in their own country, but he does not want it “shoved down… his throat in America.”
What do you think about the anti-Islam rallies held in front of mosques in 20 United States cities?
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