Officials prepare for protests against Sharia law

Mansoor says Sharia are guidelines that Muslims live daily life by.

The demonstration is one of more than 25 ACT for America is sponsoring across the country, purportedly to raise awareness of the practices of genital mutilation and cutting of young girls and women, which the organization attributes to the practice of Sharia law by faithful Muslims.

- In almost 30 cities across the country, protesters are planning to "March Against Sharia" and "March for Human Rights". The elements that make up much of Sharia law, however, are not about religion, but oppression.

On Saturday, June 10, 2017, Santa Clara will host of one of almost 30 anti-Sharia marches planned nationwide by ACT for America, a non-profit organization which bills itself as the NRA of national security.

The event was originally scheduled for Portland, but organizers said on Facebook they were moving it to Seattle.

Denver police plan to keep watch over the March Against Sharia rally at the Colorado State Capitol on Saturday, after counter-protest organizers said they're ready to defend the Denver Muslim community against what they called a "hate-filled agenda". Sharia is not a book of statutes or judicial precedent imposed by a government, he said.

ACT for America is the largest grassroots anti-Muslim group in America, claiming 280,000 members and over 1,000 chapters, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization that tracks hate groups.

These events will be held in Denver, Northglenn, Aurora and Boulder.

Tomorrow's open house runs from 10 to 3 at the mosque on Comstock Avenue, roughly the same time as the downtown rally.

CAIR is planning a counter-protest on Sunday at 11 a.m.

In accordance with the stance shared by The Islamic Council of Greater Syracuse, representing five Islamic centers around the city, we encourage those who wish to show support for our Muslim neighbors to avoid inadvertently aiding ACT for America's bid to gain media attention, and instead attend the following events.

ACT for America organizers did not immediately respond to a request for comment. It brought people of all faiths and backgrounds together in solidarity against the fear and hatred they say the rallies are spreading.

Both the San Jose and Santa Clara police departments will send officers to the rallies, but officials for the agencies said they don't expect any violence.

Gabriel also has said that "every practicing Muslim is a radical Muslim" and that Muslims are a "natural threat to civilized people of the world, particularly Western society", the letter says.

"ACT for America has never, and will never, tolerate any bias, discrimination, or violence against anyone, based on their religion, gender, race, or political persuasion", its website reads.

  • Larry Hoffman