Numerous counter-protesters said they were also seeking to stand against President Donald Trump's travel ban, which seeks to block travel from several majority-Muslim countries into the U.S. The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to review the ban. Tensions ran high at the San Jacinto Battleground in La Porte during one such protest. Soon, dozens of anti-Sharia law activists started their own rally across the street, protesting what they say are certain aspects of the religious law forming part of the Islamic tradition.
Malak Aldasouqi, an East Lansing native who just finished her freshman year at Michigan State University, addressed the crowd of about two dozen and said their support warms her heart.
The anti Sharia demonstrators did the same, holding their signs and delivering their message on loudspeakers.
The protest did prompt Nishika Ramaswami to hold a sign supporting Muslims. The event was held as the sun went down, signifying the worshipers' breaking of the Ramadan fast for the day.
"There are certain parts of sharia law that doesn't bother me. It's a way to act to your neighbor, to your children, how to live a nice respectful life".
The marches in Indianapolis and in many other cities were met with counter marches, with people standing up in support of Muslims, saying the anti-Sharia marches created a distorted view of Muslims.
The rally began around 10 am and saw heated moments between Anti-Sharia law proponents and Anti-Trump counter protesters. Participants chanted "No hate, no fear, Muslims are welcome here" on their way to City Hall, while a phalanx of bicycle police officers separated them from an anti-Shariah rally numbering in the dozens. Police used tear gas to disperse rowdy demonstrators and arrested three people for obstructing law enforcement.
Demonstrators gathered to protest against Islamic-law hoist American flags as they take part in a rally Saturday, June 10, 2017, in NY.
A counter-protest is also scheduled at the same location.
Seven people were arrested at the Capitol in St. Paul, the Minnesota State Patrol tweeted from its official account. "It's against human rights", said a protester. But such efforts have failed to stymie concerns about Sharia laws among people and Muslims have seen a rise in both hostile dialogue and attacks. Those opposed to Islamic law were also staunch Trump supporters.
The civil rights legal advocacy group Southern Poverty Law Center classifies ACT as a hate-group, and the largest grassroots anti-Muslim group in the USA with a claimed membership of 280,000. The anti-Sharia demonstrators yelled, "Commie scum!"
"We all need to unite to get something done in this country".
"Our enemy is not an organization of people living overseas plotting to attack", Gabriel writes in "Because They Hate: A Survivor of Islamic Terror Warns America", her 2006 New York Times best-seller. In June 2014, she has said that a cancer called "Islamofascism" permeates a Muslim world in which "extreme is mainstream". "Fiqh" refers to jurisprudence, or specific laws.