An Ohio woman who showed up outside a mosque in Dearborn, Ohio, to protest against “beheadings and killings” by Muslims ended up having a long interfaith discussion with Muslims and counter-protesters. At the end the discussion, the two sides became friends and hugged each other. The woman was then invited to join the local Muslims for breakfast.
She came out to participate in nationwide anti-Islam protests held in at least 20 U.S. cities. The protests were organized by a group called the Global Rally for Humanity, allegedly linked with the Oath Keepers.
The woman had not expected she would be the only anti-Muslim protester to show up and demonstrate outside the mosque.
According to a report published on the website Counter Current News, the woman was the only protester because police had convinced the organizers to move the protest to a location outside the local police station. But most other protesters reportedly headed to Columbus, Ohio, to swell the ranks of protesters outside another mosque in the city.
But despite being the only anti-Islam protester to show up outside the Dearborn mosque, the woman proceeded to hold a solitary demonstration, shouting anti-Muslim slogans and calling for murders and beheadings in the Middle East to stop.
In a YouTube video uploaded by Mikhah Ben David, a group of Muslims and counter protesters approached the woman and began a heated conversation with her.
They explained that not all Muslims support jihadi “murders and beheadings.”
At first, she rebuffed them, saying to one of the counter-protesters that she did not think he was a Muslim.
“I’m not here for you,” she said. “You are not Muslim.”
But the man insisted that he was a Muslim.
She replied, “Get thee away from me Satan and get to your side of the block please.”
She insisted she did not want to be friends with the “muzzies.”
But the man persisted, saying, “We can be friends.”
She rebuffed the man once again, saying, “If you’re a Muslim I can’t be friends with you then.”
She tried to counter the argument that not all Muslims are extremists by saying she does not believe that there are moderate Muslims, implying that all Muslims are extremists.
When asked where she gets her information about Islam and Muslims, she said she gets it from her Facebook groups.
A counter-protester, who claimed to be Jewish, explained to her that not all Muslims support the beheadings and killings in the Middle East. In response, the woman expressed suspicion about the friendliness of the Muslims.
She described an invitation to breakfast from members of the Mosque as “deception.”
But the Jewish man said the people were only trying to be friendly and that they were being sincere.
The Muslims and the counter-protesters told the protester that not all people who claim they are Muslims are true Muslims. A woman, who said she was from Mexico, illustrated the argument by referring to Mexican drug lords who claim to be Catholic yet commit crimes and murders.
Another person argued that the Nazis were Western Europeans with Christian cultural heritage, yet they engaged in genocide.
They argued that although ISIS claims to be a Muslim group, they are not true Muslims and that the issues causing the conflict in the Middle East were political in nature rather than strictly issues of faith.
The Muslims argued that all Americans, regardless of their religion, should come together to protest against the killings and beheadings in the Middle East.
After a long conversation, during which the Muslims argued that extremists should not be portrayed as representing all Muslims, the anti-Islam protester backed down from her position and agreed with them.
A Muslim woman wearing a hijab then came up to her and asked to pose with her for a photo. She assured the anti-Muslim protester “I am American too” and hugged her.
The Muslim woman said that she and other Muslims were praying for the conflict in the Middle East to end.
The anti-Muslim protester agreed, and as they hugged, she said, “There’s no evil in me. I pray for my Muslim brothers and sisters. I just want the murder to stop.”
A Muslim woman answered, “None of us want murder. No true Muslim wants murder, just like no Christian wants genocide.”
The Muslims then invited the protester into the mosque for breakfast. They also invited her to join them in future interfaith discussions.
She accepted the invitation, and as she entered, the members applauded. She had breakfast with them, but only after a Muslim tasted the bagels to ensure it was safe to eat.
Police officers looked shocked as she entered the mosque.
“Super funny look on the cops faces when they saw us walking her in. It was a sorta beautiful thing. One of those ‘maybe there is still sorta hope for humanity’ kind of days.”
The woman finally left the mosque after posing at the door with her Muslim friends with a smile on her face.
Despite the failure of the anti-Islam protest in Dearborn, protests were held successfully in other cities, including Columbia, Ohio, and Phoenix in Arizona.
Protesters in Columbus waved placards that read, “Islam is evil.”
Counter protests were held in some locations.