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Anti-Sharia Rallies Draw Counterprotesters in Cities Across the US

The rallies, held in more than two dozen US cities, were organized by ACT for America, which claims Islamic law is incompatible with Western democracy. Protesters at the western steps of the State Capital claimed Shariah calls for the abuse of women and has no place in America.Participants anxious that Islamic law could influence USA courts and harm women, among other concerns. “I don’t believe Islam can peacefully co-exist with the Constitution”, said a protester in Seattle.Protesters and counter-protesters chanted back and forth to one another outside the Capitol, with the Minnesota State Patrol standing in between the groups. San Bernardino police actively worked to keep opposing groups apart.The two groups, separated by a makeshift divider police set up, stood in a grassy area in the 6200 block of South Pennsylvania Avenue, south of Miller Road, and held signs, waved flags and chanted. Both sides had left the area by 12:30 p.m., with the counter protesters leaving first. “It’s insane!” Counter-protesters banged on pots and made other noise to try to drown out the anti-Shariah rally.Scores of pro-Muslim rallies were held across the United States this weekend to counter anti-Sharia protests held on Saturday.A similar scene played out in a park near a NY courthouse, where counter-protesters sounded air-horns and banged pots and pans in an effort to silence an anti-Shari rally.According to the Pew Research Center, the U.S. has a population that is only 0.9 percent Muslim; and Liyakat Takim, a professor of Islamic studies at McMaster University, told the AP that the vast majority of U.S. Muslims oppose implementing sharia in the U.S. In Milwaukee, one Muslim community isn’t taking to the streets – instead, they’re opening their doors.”The Quran allows slavery”. So does the Old Testament. “We can not allow any group to be scapegoat”.”The constitution is the law of the land”, he said.More than a dozen states have passed, or are trying to pass, laws to curb the possibility of Sharia law making its way onto the books in the US. She handed out copies of her research Saturday. Stay on top of breaking news stories with the ABC11 News AppFatema Ahmed is Muslim and her group talked about Islamophobia and where the racist sentiments come from. “They’re against Islam. They’re against Muslims”.A self-described anti-fascist protester – wearing a bandanna covering his face – was identified by others on his side as their spokesman but he would only identify himself as “Goldman”.”The billboard is a symptom of increasing incivility towards Muslims”, Charlie Wiles, the executive directer for the Center for Interfaith Cooperation, said.”I would dare to say they have not met a Muslim before”, said Farhan Memon, chairperson of the Council on American Islamic Relations Connecticut Chapter.