Sharia significantly restricts the freedom of women and allows for extreme punishments for violations such as adultery, blasphemy, and apostasy
March Against Sharia rallies are organized by ACT for America, an organization focused on fighting terrorism and promoting national security.
This year’s rallies attracted strong support in 28 cities across America such as Phoenix, Chicago, Austin, Atlanta, New York, Boston, and Seattle.
ACT for America says that Sharia law — or Islamic law — is completely incompatible with Western democracy and laws, and that the marches “are in support of basic human rights for all.”
“Sharia is the law of Islam, which governs how Muslims pray, eat, establish families, and all aspects of a Muslim’s life. Sharia significantly restricts the freedom of women and allows for extreme punishments for violations such as adultery, blasphemy, and apostasy. Sharia is the basis of laws in Islamic countries, both Sunni and Shia.”
In some cities, the rallies were met by counter-demonstrators, who accused participants of “Islamaphobia” and stoking hatred against Muslims. Left-wing counter protesters turned out in force at these rallies, opposing the stand against Islamic law being applied in the U.S., and nowhere was it more contentious than in Seattle. They could be heard singing: “No hate, no fear, Muslims are welcome here.”
In New York, protesters attempted to drown out the chanting of the anti-Sharia march by sounding air horns and banging pots and pans.
Several people were arrested after fights broke out at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul, although nobody was injured, according to local reports.
According to Reuters, there was a heavy police presence at the Pennsylvania state capitol in Harrisburg, as barricades and police mounted on horses separated two groups of approximately 60 protesters. Counter-protesters were reportedly “dressed in black masks and hoods” and could be heard chanting, “No Trump, no KKK, no Fascist USA.’”
On Friday, 129 national and local organizations signed a letter urging city mayors to condemn the marches, emphasizing the fact they take place during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.