Toronto - Demonstrations took place across America as small but militant groups from notorious hate group ACT for America took place under the banner of a “March Against Sharia Law” on Saturday.
Toronto – Demonstrations took place across America as small but militant groups from notorious hate group ACT for America took place under the banner of a “March Against Sharia Law” on Saturday.
From the east coast to the west, the turnout was low but enthusiastic. Wielding signs proclaiming America in imminent danger from the spectre of Sharia law, spotty collections of demonstrators popped up in cities like New York, Orlando Austin and Seattle.
Equally enthusiastic, however, were the considerably larger groups of opponents who showed up in each locale, to denounce the group’s message of fear and hate.
Standing on the opposite side of the street from the demonstration in New York City, teacher Marjorie Stamberg, said “Two people were murdered in Portland a few weeks ago, by their people. If they tell you it’s about free speech, they’re liars. They’re killer. They’re haters.”
ACT’s leader, Brigitte Gabriel, however disagrees. She and other high-placed ACT members claim to be protecting free speech and so-called “traditional American values.” Not anti-Muslim, she says, just anti-Sharia. A darling of conservative media in the US, Gabriel never hesitates to play up her close ties within the Trump administration.
At one point during the New York City march, populated by only a few dozen demonstrators, organizer of the march, Pax Hart, expressed no sympathy for the fears of hijab-wearing women. Instead, he urged them to “try being a conservative walking around on a college campus.”
Next, he rounded on the far-left, saying “They’re gonna blast a nonexistent rape culture, but they’re not going to criticize Islam!… we will not yield to Islamic exceptionalism.”
Other speakers took to the podium declaring America the “land of Budweiser and bikinis,” and claiming that the low turnout was due to intimidation from the left.
It is worth noting that the Southern Poverty Law Centre (SPLC) has long regarded ACT as an anti-government hate group.