'March Against Sharia' Planned Across The US

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Public Sharia on the other hand is a covenant between two or more individuals where the third party administers its execution.

- In almost 30 cities across the country, protesters are planning to "March Against Sharia" and "March for Human Rights".

"Let them come and exercise their free speech right as repulsive and hurtful the message may be we are not going to stand in their way", said Thasin Sardar; Outreach Coordinator at the East Lansing Islamic Center.

ACT for America calls itself "the nation's largest and most influential national security grassroots advocacy organization", and claims to support the freedom of religion while opposing Islamic terrorism and the human rights abuses that organizers say are promoted by Sharia law. Sharia also affords many rights to members of the Muslim community, she said. The permit issued today allows them to start setting up for the rally at 8 am and gather from 10 am to 2 pm. This is why the rallies are held during the holy month of Ramadan.

Violence in Portland forced the cancellation of an anti-Sharia protest there, so organizers vowed to hold it in Seattle instead.

Heidi Beirich, who monitors hate groups as the head of the Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), said Friday that it appears several extremist organizations plan to participate in Saturday's marches alongside ACT for America, which the center identifies as a hate group.

Brigitte Gabriel, founder of ACT for America, on Fox News.

Muslim leaders, concerned the planned marches are anti-Muslim, consider the incidents in Portland and Eugene and other recent anti-Muslim crimes in America part of an alarming trend that came to the forefront in last year's presidential election with far-right activists portraying Islam - and all Muslims - as a threat.

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

Yet many Muslims and others say the group promotes a distorted and prejudiced view of Islam.

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Al Jazeera spoke to Nathan Lean, author of The Islamophobia Industry: How the Right Manufactures Fear of Muslims, about ACT for America and the prevalence of Islamophobic sentiment in the US.

Those organizations have previously clashed with "antifa" groups in Berkeley, Calif., and Portland, Ore., though Oath Keepers president Stewart Rhodes told NPR his members only engage the counter-protesters when the police fail to keep the two sides separated.

"Many people are anxious and saddened and very shocked, but we still hope to be able to practice and to be part of the Eugene community", Williams said as the locksmith worked next to him.

Asbury said late Wednesday night that the counter rally would be moved to the Islamic Society of Central New York, 925 Comstock Ave., Syracuse.

Open House at Baitul Aman Mosque- 7 p.m. 2035 W. Elliot Road, Chandler.

Letters of solidarity were also read from Senator Blumenthal and Senator Murphy.

Another counter protest has been announced for downtown Syracuse. Those laws, however, are often supported by Republicans who are themselves far more prone to fundamentalism than the Muslims they fear. Frankly, we give it as much credence as we would a group of neo-Nazis rallying against the demeaning roles Orthodox Judaism forces women into.

The Syracuse Police Department says it is aware of the planned events. "When people see that, they should correct the issue versus blaming a whole group of people for it", Bukhari said.

A national nonprofit aimed at combating Islamic extremism but considered anti-Muslim by some will face off with Muslim supporters Saturday in dueling South Bay rallies.

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