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Denver Islamic law protests draw small but testy crowds

18 June 2017
Denver Islamic law protests draw small but testy crowds

In Austin, dozens of anti-Sharia protesters carried American flags and signs claiming that Islam "enslaves women" and is a "death cult". They organized the march claiming that Sharia goes against human rights and democracy while stating that it was done to protect women and children who had been mutilated or worse under Sharia law. "We're anti-Sharia. We're anti-radicals", she said. "The first two seconds were a little horrifying because I wasn't sure if it was an acid attack", Southern told Breitbart News.

"We are not anti-Muslim".

A series of anti-Muslim demonstrations across the United States drew even more boisterous counter-protests on Saturday, with police using tear gas to disperse crowds in some cities.

In New York, almost 100 people attended a rally near lower Manhattan.

That's not what people in the counter-protest believe.

(AP Photo/Craig Ruttle). Demonstrators gathered to protest against Islamic law take part in a rally Saturday, June 10, 2017, in NY.

"When we disagree with somebody else's free speech we get to answer with free speech", said Marie. "That's what we are against-the radical ideology that they are practicing".

In Atlanta, rally participants and a handful of counter-protesters appeared Saturday in Piedmont Park.

He says the counter protests stand together against hate, injustice and bigotry. "It's fantastic to see so many people come out in the name of unity as opposed to standing against one religious tradition", Spojmie Nasiri with the Council on Islamic American Relations said.

But most Muslims don't want to replace US law with Islamic law, known as Shariah, and only "radical extremist groups" would call for that, said Liyakat Takim, a professor of Islamic studies at McMaster University in the Canadian city of Hamilton, Ontario.

Shawn Lahring drove to Lansing from the western part of the state Saturday to take part in the march.

A pro-Muslim supporter (L) argues with a demonstrator with the "March Against Sharia" protest in Chicago, Illinois on June 10, 2017.

The rally is being held at The Fountains shopping center.

Legal scholars say there's little to zero threat to US democracy from Islamic law.

The demonstration was met by counter-protesters outside of Seattle City Hall.

About 100 people divided up into three camps: those marching against Sharia Law (or a set of laws and rules based on the Muslim faith), the Anti-Fascists who covered their faces with red fabric, and a third group which promoted diversity and inclusivity.

Authorities have made several arrests after fights broke out during an anti-Shariah rally and counter-protest at the Minnesota State Capitol.

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Act for America has been obsessed with Shariah law and began a campaign against it in 2008. "If your definition of Sharia was defined by an anti-Muslim bigot, you might want to rethink it and ask a Muslim who actually follows the religion of Islam".