Anti-Muslim Marches Try Spreading Fear, Inspire Countless Acts Of Love Instead
Act for America, the largest grassroots anti-Muslim group in America, held “March Against Sharia” rallies in more than 20 cities across the nation on Saturday. The group’s goal was to rally citizens around the debunked conspiracy theory that Americans Muslims (who make up a mere 1 percent of the total U.S. population) are somehow attempting to impose Islamic law over all American citizens.
But Act for America’s profoundly anti-Muslim message ultimately received strong condemnations from a wide spectrum of American religious and civil rights groups. The “March Against Sharia” also inspired countless acts of love, community service, and interfaith solidarity across the nation.
Before the “March Against Sharia” even began, a coalition of 129 national and local groups sent letters to 29 mayors condemning the marches and calling on the politicians to firmly reject “forces of hate and bigotry.” The list of signers featured prominent Jewish, Sikh, Muslim, Protestant, Catholic, and interfaith organizations.
And on Saturday, many interfaith counter-protests actually outnumbered the anti-Muslim groups. In Minnesota, counter-protestors dwarfed anti-Muslim activists three to one. In Seattle, the anti-Sharia group was reportedly 10 times smaller than the number of activists who came out to support American Muslims.
What The Anti-Sharia Movement Gets Wrong
Act for America claimed to be defending human rights and standing up for its “moderate Muslim allies.” But in fact, the group’s egregious misinterpretation of Sharia actually spreads harmful stereotypes about American Muslims.
Scratching under the surface will reveal that ACT for America’s intent is to rally people against an entire religion. The organizers have used misguided notions about Sharia law and refused […]