The Southern Poverty Law Center-the country's leading watcher of hate groups-reports that the hate group ACT for America and terrorist sympathizer Billy Roper have organized simultaneous anti-Muslim marches in cities across the country on Saturday, June 10.
Looking ahead, Muslim leaders and others are concerned about anti-Sharia, or Islamic law, marches planned for Saturday in Seattle and about two-dozen other USA cities, saying the marches are really anti-Muslim.
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The New York Antifa Alliance, which represents a coalition of anti-fascists from across New York, has made a public statement that they will gather in Syracuse to "take action in defense of people in this community who have been targeted for violence by attendees of the so-called 'March Against Sharia'".
The enemy of our enemy is, for now at least, our friends.
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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. This fear is born out of misinformation, Islamophobia and ignorance-but mostly the bacon thing. It'll be near the site of the 2015 shooting there, when a radicalized Pakistani-American and his wife shot and killed 14 people.
Two will be held in Michigan: One in Southfield and another in Lansing on Saturday.
Another rally was scheduled for Portland, Ore., which is where white supremacist Jeremy Christian allegedly committed a double homicide in a hate-fueled stabbing free-for-all aboard a commuter train. "Show our state that we will not put up with anymore anti-Muslim sentiments from our community members", the organizer said on Facebook. No one will be at peace; the ones who intend to frighten and the ones who are apprehensive will not live in peace, it is a mess for all Americans, is this the America we want?
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Lawrence said diversity is a cornerstone to democracy in the United States, adding that the country "is not a land of the free if anyone is excluded from that".
Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign, an interfaith organization dedicated to ending anti-Muslim sentiments, organized a sign-on letter, joined by the leaders of 19 other faith organizations, including Sojourners' Jim Wallis, demanding respect for Muslim communities in the U.S.
As the South Pacific song goes: "You've got to be taught to hate and fear, it's got to be drummed in your dear little ear".
Don't the two tactics sound a little similar?
GJELTEN: Roper specifically invited white nationalists to attend the marches and bring weapons.
That sense of fear has not only led to the adoption of legislation that discriminates against Muslims, but has, in my opinion, spurred a smattering of hate crimes and other acts of violence and intimidation online and in the public that create a very risky situation for American Muslims. They're not welcome in our state.
Isn't this, by definition, an openly preplanned act of domestic terrorism?
The group is using social media to promote the event. They asked Seattle Center about having it there, but the Seattle Center campus is already hosting several other permitted events this weekend, according to spokesperson Deborah Daoust.
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