Texas anti-Sharia rally, counterprotest draw more than 100 to Capitol

Counter-protesters hold signs and shout slogans during an anti Sharia rally in Seattle Washington

Counter-protesters hold signs and shout slogans during an anti Sharia rally in Seattle Washington

Marches against Sharia law happened in almost two dozen cities across the country - including Indianapolis.

Left-wing counter protesters turned out in force at these rallies, opposing the stand against Islamic law being applied in the US, and nowhere was it more contentious than in Seattle.

However, the people who attended the anti-Muslim protests were less in number and cities like New York, Chicago, and Seattle witnessed large counter-protests, The Guardian reported.

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 ACT rally.

More than a dozen states have passed, or are trying to pass, laws to curb the possibility of Sharia law making its way onto the books in the US. The group organizing the rallies, "Act for America", claims Shariah law is incompatible with western democracy.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the group is classified as a hate group that promotes an anti-Muslim agenda but members of the group say the goal is to send a strong message about human rights.

In Syracuse, N.Y., marchers turned out to support President Donald Trump, and they were met by other demonstrators who are calling the rallies anti-Muslim bigotry. "They want to totally dominate women", said one protester.

"I don't think Muslims are here to impose Sharia law on anybody".

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ACT for America said it supports the rights of those subject to Shariah law and opposes discrimination.

The right-wing advocacy group ACT for America planned the march at Mount Trashmore in concert with several dozen similar events held around the country on Saturday, according to reports.

ACT for America calls themselves as the nation's largest anti-Muslim hate group and claims that their rallies, intentionally scheduled for Ramadan, are actually anti-Sharia rallies. She said she saw those protesting against Sharia wearing alt-right symbols and Nazi tattoos.

Photo/Anthony Victoria: Anti-Sharia law protesters screaming across to counter protesters during a rally on June 10, 2017.

Competing rallies about Islam, particularly the religion's rules known as Sharia law, evolved from peaceful marches to shouting matches near the beach in Oceanside on Saturday. But the chanting crowd outside forced Capitol security to escort some of the rally attendees from the building for their own safety. Across the honking traffic were many who interpreted the message from a different angle.

Rev. Dr. James D. Jackson, Goodwin Memorial's senior pastor, said the event was so packed they had to bring out extra chairs for people. But this didn't reflect in their rallies, most of which had fewer than 100 people.

"As the LGBTQ community, we wanted to be here to show how we don't want our name to be used in rhetoric racism pushing against Islam", said Max Disposti, head of the center.

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