Several arrests made at anti-Shariah rallies

Several arrests made at anti-Shariah rallies

Several arrests made at anti-Shariah rallies

Hate crimes against Muslims surged past year, rising about 67 percent over 2014, according to an Federal Bureau of Investigation report.

The Minnesota State Patrol says seven arrests were made during a "March Against Sharia" protest and counter-protest at the Capitol Saturday.

"It is absolutely impossible for any religious law to take over U.S. law", Beirich said, cited by NBCnews.com.

The Board Chair of CAIR says that is not the case.

Although the organization insists it doesn't oppose discrimination, it is clear that its protests gather together people who are opposed to Islam in principle. "There are Muslim women like me who live in America, and I'm as western as they come".

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She is reported as saying in 2007 that a devout Muslim "cannot be a loyal citizen to the United States of America".

ACT for America organized "March Against Sharia" rallies in at least 28 cities across America on Saturday. Wielding signs proclaiming America in imminent danger from the spectre of Sharia law, spotty collections of demonstrators popped up in cities like New York, Orlando Austin and Seattle. She said she saw those protesting against Sharia wearing alt-right symbols and Nazi tattoos.

Fallbrook resident Ed Schildmeier said he participated in the same rally because he views the spread of radical Islam as "the greatest threat to mankind ever".

A New York March Against Sharia supporter stated the march had "nothing to do with religion or nothing like that", though they also added "If [Muslims] don't like it they can go back to their countries and deal with it there", according to the New York Post.

That's why Mark Lori says he attended the anti-Sharia Law Rally.

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Anthony Parish of Kent, the organizer for the "Seattle March Against Sharia", told KIRO Radio's Dori Monson the rally is just "to make people aware about what's going on in the world". The organization billed the event as "a march against Sharia law and for human rights". Participants of the counter-protest chanted "No hate, no fear, Muslims are welcome here" while on their way to the City Hall.

The marches come amid a rise in reports of anti-Muslim incidents in the U.S., including arson attacks and vandalism at mosques, harassment of women wearing Muslim head coverings and bullying of Muslim schoolchildren.

But it was noisy, with groups chanting, yelling and waving American flags and posters proclaiming various issues.

"There's an anti-Trump, a pro-Trump, anti-extremists, so there are a variety of messages here", San Bernardino police spokeswoman Eileen Hards said.

"Again, it shows that the idea here is hate groups like Act For America know exactly what they're doing", said Jaylani Hussein, executive director of CAIR. Across the honking traffic were many who interpreted the message from a different angle.

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