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Muslims prepare for weekend of anti-Islam protests


Organizers, who are calling for protests on Friday and Saturday (Oct. 9 and 10), are billing the events as the “Global Rally for Humanity.” Photo courtesy of Global Rally for Humanity via Facebook

(RNS) Muslim leaders and anti-bigotry activists are girding for a weekend of protests — some billed as “open-carry events” — by groups known for their anti-Muslim views.

“We’ve never had this many events at once targeting mosques in this kind of national way,” said Heidi Beirich, who tracks hate groups at the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Organizers, who are calling for protests on Friday and Saturday (Oct. 9 and 10), are billing the events as the “Global Rally for Humanity.” Beirich describes the protesters as a loose affiliation of anti-Muslim extremists who do not seem to be organized by larger, better-known anti-Muslim groups, such as Pamela Geller’s American Freedom Defense Initiative.

“This mix of racist groups, anti-Muslim groups and anti-government groups is basically a recipe for disaster,” Beirich said.

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Kalia Abiade, of the Center for New Community, a Chicago-based anti-bigotry group, said some of the largest crowds are expected to protest outside mosques and Muslim community centers in Phoenix; Arlington, Texas; Dearborn, Mich.; and Ocala and Spring Hill, Fla. At least 20 protests are planned.

Some are scheduled for Friday, the Muslim day of prayer, but many are scheduled for Saturday, when mosques are often filled with children going to religious class.

Law enforcement agencies — from the Department of Homeland Security to the FBI to local police — are working with mosques and Muslim community centers to help keep them safe, said participants in a Thursday (Oct. 8) conference call hosted by the Center for New Community and other groups concerned about the vitriol of the protesters and the potential for violence.

Some mosques are hiring off-duty police to increase security. Muslim leaders are reviewing safety procedures with congregants and, in some cases, organizing counterevents, such as the free community health clinic planned in Spring Hill, Fla.

Paul Galloway, executive director of the American Center for Outreach in Tennessee, said law enforcement agencies in Tennessee’s urban areas have been exceedingly cooperative as Muslims prepare for a possible onslaught of anti-Muslim sentiment.

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But in the past three months alone, he added, two Tennessee sheriffs have publicly made anti-Muslim comments. In more rural areas where sheriffs are elected, such bigotry “degrades our confidence in law enforcement,” he added.

Galloway is working to protect the mosque in Murfreesboro, Tenn., which was picketed by anti-Muslims even before it opened in 2012.


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Lauren Markoe

Lauren Markoe has been a national reporter for RNS since 2011. Previously she covered government and politics as a daily reporter at the Charlotte Observer and The State (Columbia, S.C.)


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  • If I opine against the protestors I’m apparently being unkind.
    If I opine in favor of the rights of Muslims I’m apparently being unkind to Christians.
    And as for Atheists ( simple non-believers ) we are apparently offensive for just existing and daring to say anything.

    Okay. Now you can delete this comment, too.

  • Can this have more of a fascist rally connotation to it?

    You have a rally sponsored by people who advocate armed force by paramilitary amateurs as a form of “defending American values” to condemn the existence of people of a given faith.

    You have actual law enforcement in some areas showing signs of being willing to turning a blind eye to intimidation and displays designed to terrorize people based on their religion.

    It is utterly ironic that people who claim their ownership of firearms protect the nation from dictatorship are engaging in behavior associated with paramilitaries who support dictators.

  • I think the “. . . people who claim their ownership of firearms protect the nation from dictatorship . . .” are simply lying. What they mean is they are “protecting” the nation from having a dictator who not one of them. If we lived under a dictator who was a pure TrueChristian, they would use their firearms to protect the dictator from being overthrown.

    Based on the content of some Right Wing newsletters I’ve received supporting gun ownership, it seems clear that they harbor fantasies of engaging in an armed uprising.

  • And when people in Muslim countries hold rallies against a given religion and its adherents, we call them out on that as well.

    There is nothing more braindead than the excuse that behavior in a autocratic sinkhole of a nation means similar bad behavior of people in a democratic nation is beyond reproach. A sane person would find such parallels disturbing.

    People in the US and Canada are held to a higher standard of behavior because they ARE better than those nations. When people act like fascists in a fascist state, it is what we come to expect of them. No big shocker there. When Americans and Canadians act like fascists were are SUPPOSED to be shocked and disturbed.

  • a few questions must be answered regarding these seditious anti-Muslim rallies:
    Firstly, the cast majority of Muslims despise Shiite Iran. Secondly, where in America or Europe are there troops, missile batteries, forward bases, etc. as are present in Muslim nations from the former? Thirdly, out of around 200,000 Muslim students from Saudi Arabia alone (the heart of Islam) how many have committed acts of terrorism such as the Christian Right-leaning American mass shooters? 9/11 doesn’t count as it has been pretty much confirmed as a semi-inside job with fingers pointing toward Israeli intellegence operatives. Forthly, what is the premise of these phoney MOSSAD manipulated protesters (notice the names—the names) who want the right to bear arms for those who advocate their line of thinking and agenda alone? These are the enemy from within. If they were able to ‘eliminate’ Muslims, who do you suppose is next?

  • Obviously, the solution to the problem of the existence of militancy in one religion, is for members of its rival religion to become more militant right back at them. That way we can all watch a contest to see which religion can become more militant.

    Wahoo, what fun … not!

  • Right on! It’s reached the point where no one is allowed to express any opinion at all about anything religious. No matter what one says, one is bound to offend someone, and merely offending someone’s religion apparently is an abridgement of their “religious freedom” or something and isn’t allowed.

    I guess.

    Oh, and non-believers are, of course, the very worst of all. They insolently refuse to belong to ANY religion! By their very existence, they offend every believer on the planet! Why, it can’t be tolerated!

    Maybe it’s time for religious folk to grow the heck up for the first time in their lives? Perhaps they should finally understand that there’s no such thing as an entitlement never to be offended by anyone, ever? And that there’s no entitlement to have all their metaphysical dictates honored by everyone on the planet?

    But what could this cynical agnostic heathen possibly know about such important sacred things?

  • Domestic, Christian terrorists:

    – Timothy McVeigh was executed. Terry Nichols escaped the death penalty twice because of deadlocked juries. He was sentenced to 161 consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole,[3][7] and is incarcerated in ADX Florence, a super maximum security prison near Florence, Colorado. He shares a cellblock that is commonly referred to as “Bombers Row” with Ramzi Yousef and Ted Kaczynski

    – Eric Rudolph is spending three life terms in prison with no par-ole.

    – Jim Jones, David Koresh, Kaczynski, and the KKK were all dealt with and either eliminated themselves or are being punished.

  • o On the koranic passages and world domination:

    “Mohammed could not have known the size of the world, but several passages in the Koran show that he envisioned Islam dominating all of it, however large it might be: “He it is who sent his messenger . . . that he may cause it [Islam] to prevail over all religions´(Koran 9:33, M.M. Ali; see also 48:28 and 61:9). M.M. Ali designates these three passages as “the prophecy of the ultimate triumph of Islam in the whole world.”

    A Muslim strategist in Beverly Hills, California, declared several years ago, as quoted by a friend of mine: “Now that the struggle between Western democracies and international communism is winding down, it is time for the real and final struggle to begin, and we are going to win!”

    “Why do we find in these modern times that Allah has entrusted most of the world’s oil wealth primarily to Muslim nations?”

  • Re: “On the koranic passages and world domination:”

    Honestly, I don’t care what you can quote, or how much you can quote. I could quote the Great Commission too, which orders Christians to “go and make disciples of all nations.” There are some Christians (e.g. Spanish colonial missionaries) who interpreted that to mean they could use force if they wanted or needed to.

    None of that means anything, however.

    I get there are Muslims who can cite their own scripture telling them to murder in the name of their al-Lah. But there are Christians who can do the same, in the name of their Jesus. That people can do this is largely irrelevant. What is relevant, is that they WANT to.

    To be clearer than I have been: The answer to one religion’s militancy is not for its rival religion to become militant right back at it. That solves nothing. It only encourages further militancy. No, the solution is for ALL believers of ALL faiths to grow the heck up already.

    So please do so.

  • A few more names for your list of Rightist & Christian terrorists:

    – Larry McQuilliams who shot up Austin TX last December.

    – Glendon Crawford who conspired to kill Muslims & the President

    – Robert Doggart who also conspired to slaughter a Muslim community

    – Moises Trevizo who tried to bomb a clinic

    – Scott Roeder who killed Dr George Tiller

    – Wade Michael Page who slew several people in a Sikh temple

    – Jim Adkisson who killed people in a U.U. church

    – Andrew Joseph Stack who flew his plane into a government building

    – John Salvi who actually bombed a clinic

    – Paul Jennings Hill, James Charles Kopp, Michael Griffin also killed doctors

    – David McMenemy, Joseph Grace, Chad Altman, Sergio Baca, & Bobby Joe Rogers all tried to destroy clinics

    There are a lot more I could have named but didn’t. It doesn’t take too long to compile a list of real Christian terrorists. It’s pretty easy, in fact.

  • I don’t care for these antics but they have a constitutional protected right as well. Additionally, Muslims have an image problem. Members of their group regularly commit acts of terrorism and human beheading in the name of their religion. It’s on them to change the perception

  • Just a few of the koranic passages that dictate terror. Analogous passages are not found in the NT (going forth and make converts is a real reach in the demand for terror.)

    Quran (8:12) – “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them”

    Quran (9:5) – “So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them.”

  • I keep looking at your “Koranic” passages, but for some reason, they differ widely from the ones in my Quran. They also leave out all context, surrounding verses etc. I am a Muslim whose family has been in the United States since before the Revolutionary War. So I am definitely not some so-called foreigner. I left the chuch for Islam because the pastor was a pedophile and my uncle, a leader in his church, threatened my dad’s life. Ironic, huh?

  • I am a very committed Christian. Neither radical Christians or Muslims are on my hate list and yes they should all grow up. My religion ought not to persecute anyone for whatever their beliefs. That is why we have the right in the constitution to freedom of religion as well as freedom of speech. Anyone should be allowed to believe whatever they want unless it infringes on another’s right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I thought that was the purpose of America.

    People who are contentious just because someone does not believe what they believe need to learn to love one another – if not, please go where you can live with others of your kind, preferably in some other country.

    “The servant who knows the master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows.” – JESUS (Luke 12:47)

  • So do Christians. Since 2001 more terrorist right-wing Christians have killed Americans on American soil than Muslims have.

  • Ahhh, the “out of context” excuse. Your imams and terrorists don’t follow your excuses but follow the literal word of your book of terror.

    And Muslims are brainwashed from his birth that the Koran is somehow the word of god when in reality it is the ramblings of an illiterate Arab whose hallucinations about a mythical angel have brought terror and horror to those who do not believe. And in today’s world, oil money is the engine driving the terror, horror and absurdities.

    “The only good thing ever to come out of religion was the music.” ~ George Carlin

  • Yes said passage is in the NT and most Christians believe all passages to be true but as good atheists, we need to evaluate the NT as an historic document and determine what passages are authentic. Luke 12:47 for example, is not authentic.

    e.g. and Professor Gerd Ludemann’s review in his book, Jesus After 2000 Years, pp. 347-349.

  • @ Bernardo. Sir with all due respect, why dont you get a copy of Quran with translation and commentry and read it yourself. Then only you can understand whether it’s a word of God or just words from an illiterate person.

  • Problem is that most Christians just hear things from media snd start talking about Islam without knowing anything about its teachings. All they know is “jihad”, “shariyah” and “kill the non believers”.
    Quranic words were not just randomly spoken , infact when you read it you’ll come to know that every verse came down to deal with a specific situation. For eg. Verse 8:12 vame down at the time of a battle between Muslims and idol worshippers of Makkah where only 300 Muslims were facing more than 1000 Makkans.
    This battle was won by these handful of Muslims. So you can take out any verse form Quran and use it to win an argument but it wont change anything. If you want to argue about it then first read this entire book.

  • So yes Sir you are absolutely right.
    When you read this verse 8:15 randomly without knowing the verses before and after this specific verse, you sure will start believing that “Oh Islamic teachings are all about killing”. ” Islam teaches us to behead murderers or stone adulterers”. But unfortunately nobody knows that before punishing adulterers you have to prove that this crime actually happened.
    Executing this severe prescribed punishment is not an easy issue, and from the view of Islamic judicial scales it has strict condition. If a man accuses his wife of adultery, the program ‘Li‘an’ (Conjugal anathema) must be carried out, we will explain it later.

    And if a person accuses someone of fornication, that person must present 4 witnesses. Even if someone accuses other person of fornication, but he cannot prove it in the court of Islamic judgment, he will be extremely punished (one forth of prescribed punishment of fornication), so that no one can easily think of Islamic…

  • From the “Noble Koran”:

    12. (Remember) when your Lord inspired the angels, “Verily, I am with you, so keep firm those who have believed. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who have disbelieved, so strike them over the necks, and smite over all their fingers and toes.”

    13. This is because they defied and disobeyed Allah and His Messenger. And whoever defies and disobeys Allah and His Messenger, then verily, Allah is Severe in punishment.”

    5. Then when the Sacred Months (the Ist, 7th, 11th, and 12th months of the Islamic calendar) have passed, then kill the Mushrikun (see V.2:105) wherever you find them, and capture them and besiege them, and prepare for them each and every ambush. But if they repent and perform As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat), and give Zakat, then leave their way free. Verily, Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”

  • “Muslims claim that because Muhammad was illiterate, he could not have written the Qur’an, and thus the Qur’an is a miracle, Muhammad’s primary miracle. This idea of illiteracy is supported in the Qur’an:

    Sura 7:157: “Those who follow the apostle, the unlettered Prophet, whom they find mentioned in their own (scriptures), – in the law and the Gospel…

    Sura 7:158 – Say: “O men! I am sent unto you all, as the Apostle of God, to Whom belongeth the dominion of the heavens and the earth: there is no god but He: it is He That giveth both life and death. So believe in God and His Apostle, the Unlettered Prophet, who believeth in God and His words: follow him that (so) ye may be guided.”

  • I don’t believe a real Jesus said any of this stuff.
    It is my opinion, though I cannot prove it that the Jesus of the Bible is probably 100% made up of legends. None of his words are authentically spoken by a real person.

    Jesus was created over many decades in the early years as mystery religions swept the middle east. He started out as an epileptic apparition (Paul) and ended up as a revenge fantasy (Revelation). The works in between; Mark, Luke, Matthew and John, are conflations of legends in circulation after the Jewish war with the Romans. The texts were written hearsay, none of the authors were present to record the incidents they write about.

    When I criticize the teachings of Jesus I am criticizing a literary invention but primarily the catastrophic dangers in pretending it to be real.

  • These protesters made it clear they were coming to the rally armed. This prompted several counter-protesters to also come armed.

    One should be thankful that level heads prevailed here. It was clear the Oathkeepers and 3% ers (organizers of the rally to find an ultimate solution to the American Muslim question) were trying to create a dangerous and violent incident. Waving guns around is not what people do when they exercise their right of protest. Its what they do when they want to intimidate others.

  • Jesus did exist. Details previously given. It is recommended that you peruse the references given in these details.

  • Bernardo,
    The argument he presents for Jesus’ existence is not PROOF of Jesus’ existence. It is pure speculation. I remain unconvinced by that person’s argument.

    Besides, it isn’t important whether a real Jesus existed if 90% of the story is made up of film flam.

  • Re: “Just a few of the koranic passages that dictate terror.”

    What part of “I don’t care what you can quote, or how much you can quote,” did you not understand, the first time I said it? Are you really as daft as you appear? Go back to your childish, militant Christianist echo-chamber which is populated only by childish, militant Christianists and leave the rest of us alone, fercryinoutloud.

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