Marches against Islamic law draw opposition

The scene in Portland on Sunday

"I can't believe it".

Ellison, deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), said the protest participants are the kind of people who do not want to purchase products or services from members of the LGBT community based on their religion. Both said they are not opposed to the religion of Islam.

Between 2008 and 2013, the report found, ACT for America was one of 33 anti-Muslim groups that had access to more than $204m in revenue and helped push for legislation targeting Muslims.

"We will not allow these hateful, divisive groups like those organizing this weekend to intimidate our Muslim brothers and sisters - to intimidate us from standing tall for justice", Schakowsky added.

I'm not afraid. We shouldn't be afraid. "And my question is, 'why aren't you with us, why aren't you joining us?'"

"Sharia is against our basic human rights" said Orangevale resident Robert James.

"This isn't something in Australia or in Europe or even Canada", Presler said.

Southfield - Some 200 people gathered in Southfield for an anti-Sharia rally Saturday, part of a national movement organized by a group called ACT for America.

Lean: These bases of support, which often meet in people's living rooms or at local coffee shops, have served to strong-arm local politicians, and [have] sown an anti-Muslim ideology amongst anxious [mothers and fathers] in the heartland.

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Three pastors, who are taking part in the counter-protest, went door to door Friday near city hall, asking storefronts to put up signs that say "WE STAND WITH OUR MUSLIM NEIGHBORS".

Organizers say they hope to bring the community together in solidarity with Muslims.

Some members of the Muslim community are anxious for their safety, Abbas said.

That march is scheduled for 9 a.m.in Occidental Park. Their worries are exacerbated by fears that numerous protesters will be armed. We have people who still want to have their own rallies across the country. Williams also posed for pictures with a militia group and called on attendees to "unite against Shariah law", the SPLC said. "Nobody's targeting refugees, nobody's targeting Muslims".

Parish said his protest will try to educate people on what he describes as a culture incompatible with America's values.

Though there were warnings that the ACT marches could lead to violence, a low turnout combined with little voter appetite for the group's message has resulted in a relatively peaceful day so far, with just one arrest documented in St. Paul, Minnesota. Police will be on the streets keeping everyone safe. "We have to be careful with who we let in the country".

Abbas said the mutilations are a rare practice. "What comes out of this is a show of force that Americans are standing up for their country". Sharia laws are principles that guide the behavior of observant Muslims.

"Demonstrators spell out "# No Muslim Ban" during the Boston Protest Against Muslim Ban and Anti-Immigration Orders to protest President Donald Trump's executive-order travel ban in Boston on January 29. By protesting Sharia, they protest the human rights it espouses.

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