An unholy alliance of Islamophobic hate group members, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and armed anti-government militia member states will rally against the nonexistent threat of sharia, or Islamic, statute in the U.S this weekend.
The “March Against Sharia” rallies are set to place on Saturday in 29 metropolis across 21 governments, and are being organized by Act for America, the nation’s largest anti-Muslim dislike group. Act for America has billed this weekend’s events as certain kinds of noble stand against “atrocities” it attributes — wrongly — to sharia.
But a quick look at the group’s descents and its members’ statements reveal that pretext to be a ruse. Saturday’s processions are against Muslims and Islam itself, and they’re attracting some of the most hazardous elements of the far right.
” They are calling them’ Anti-Sharia’ rallies, but let us call them what they are:’ Anti-Muslim’ demonstrations ,” Muslim activist and Women’s March organizer Linda Sarsour wrote on Facebook.” If your definition of Sharia was defined by an anti-Muslim racist, you might want to rethink it and ask a Muslim who actually follows the religion of Islam .”
What You Necessity To Know About Act For America
Act for America is listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a detest group. It was founded by Brigitte Gabriel, a Christian immigrant from Lebanon. She has said that” every practicing Muslim is a radical Muslim” and that Muslims are a” natural menace to civilized people of the world, especially Western culture .”
Although the “March Against Sharia” event page allegations Act for America believes in religion liberty, Gabriel has also said that a” practice Muslim, who believes in the teachings of the Quran, cannot be a loyal citizen to the United States of America .”
Gabriel and Act for America have worked for years not only to spread dread of Muslims, but to strip Muslims of rights afforded to the followers of other faiths.
Act for America has also long pushed the conspiracy assumption that sharia law — the deeply misunderstood legal or philosophical code of Islam, construed differently by Muslims across the world — poses a threat to the U.S. Constitution.( It does not .)
Still, Act for America has enabled us to lobbied nation parliaments across the country to introduce, and often pass, bills banning sharia law in state tribunals. The” true-life objective” of these bills, the American Civil Liberties Union wrote in 2011, is to” belittle an entire religion system .”
Years ago, it was easier to brush off Gabriel as a periphery, far-right president of a loathe group. But that was before Donald Trump was president.
In recent months, Gabriel has bragged about having a” direct line” to the president, has been photographed having a meeting in the White House, and claims to have been dining with Trump at Mar-a-Lago when Trump decided to bomb Syria in April.
Yet Act for America’s veneer of legitimacy hasn’t avoided its members from flagrant showings of bigotry. In February, member Robert Goodwill was recorded talking to a humankind who argued that all American Muslims should be killed.
” We’re not there yet ,” Goodwill told the man.
The official Act for America “March Against Sharia” Facebook page is likewise rife with vile memes and commentaries denigrating Muslims.
‘ March Against Sharia’ Rallying Draw Diverse Hate And Extremist Groups
The convergence of anti-Muslim groups and other periphery organizations is a widespread phenomenon, the Southern Poverty Law Center noted.
SPLC trawled through all the local “March Against Sharia” Facebook groups and compiled an extensive list of radical groups and white supremacists who said they will be presenting up at the marchings on Saturday.
They found a slew of armed anti-government militia groups, some with histories of threatening government officials. The groups claim they’ll be providing “security” at the rallies, which means they’ll likely show up with firearms. Often called ” Patriot ” groups, they include the Oathkeepers, the III Percenters and American Civil Defense.
The SPLC likewise found avowed neo-Nazis and white supremacists eager to take part in the rallyings across the country.
In Texas, members of the group Sons of Odin will be attending the Houston event.( Sons of Odin describes its idea as” closely aligned” with those of the Soldiers of Odin — a white supremacist, anti-refugee vigilante organization .) And the neo-Nazi group White Lives Matter is set to attend the rally in Austin.
In Batesville, Arkansas, prominent neo-Nazi Billy Roper announced that he was organizing a “March Against Sharia” rallying there. Earlier this week, when SPLC wrote a report about Roper’s involvement, Act for America was quick to distance itself from him and receded its affiliation with the Arkansas protest.
In a statement to HuffPost, Act for America organizer Scott Presler told ” hateful someones sometimes latch onto others in a parasitic route that are intended to elevate themselves, or a altogether unrelated induce .”
Presler added that Act for America’s alleged diversity shields it from being grouped with white supremacists , noting further that Gabriel is an Arab-American and that the head organizer of the marches is gay.
Still, that doesn’t preclude different groups from rabid Islamophobia, as Gabriel’s statements in the video below made very clear 😛 TAGEND
Heidi Beirich, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, says anti-Muslim hate is a great unifier among far-right groups, and specially militia groups, however disparate or apparently resisted their beliefs may be.
” Alliances have been building for some time between anti-government and anti-Muslim groups, and Saturday’s events are another concrete example of this disturbing trend ,” Beirich said.
Interfaith protesters across the country are planning counter-demonstrations at the “March Against Sharia” events.
On Friday, 129 organisations, including the Anti-Defamation League, Amnesty International and the Center for New Community, sent a letter to mayors in the 29 metropolis where the marches are scheduled, calling on them to “reject” Act for America’s ” intolerance ,” and to” issue an official statement to reiterate to the people of your metropoli that every person is welcome .”