march against shariah

Speakers at the anti-Sharia rallies set for Saturday are receiving death threats and an American patriotic group has responded by agreeing to provide private security for the event.

ACT! For America is sponsoring the anti-Sharia, pro-freedom rallies in 28 cities in 19 states Saturday beginning at around 10 a.m. in most venues and continuing until about 2 p.m.

At least two of the featured speakers, including Lauren Morris in Austin, Texas, and Delicia Dawn in Dallas, have received death threats, WND has learned, and Oath Keepers has asked its volunteers to come armed to the rallies to protect the speakers.

Morris and Dawn are both survivors of female genital mutilation and are scheduled to go public with their stories at the rallies in Austin and Dallas.

Stewart Rhodes, president and founder of Oath Keepers, said both Morris and Dawn are “incredibly sympathetic examples of victims of Shariah” and that is why the pro-Shariah forces are trying to intimidate them into backing out of their speaking engagements.

“The national office of ACT for America contacted me and asked for our help, and we answered the call,” Rhodes told WND. “Because of death threats against speakers, we are taking it very seriously.”

Oath Keepers’ members are made up of retired cops and military veterans.

“We are concerned about the very real threat of radical Islamist terrorism at one of these events tomorrow, and we have encouraged our volunteers to be armed,” Rhodes said.

Rhodes said Oath Keepers has issued a national “call to action” for patriotic Americans to attend the June 10 rallies and “help defend free speech.”

“We are answering the call to defend free speech against those who would use terrorist violence or the threat of violence to shut it down,” Rhodes said.

Abdullah Rashid, 22, grew up in Georgia and converted to Islam in his teens. He married a Somali woman and moved to Minneapolis in 2016.

Abdullah Rashid, 22, grew up in Georgia and converted to Islam in his teens. He married a Somali woman and moved to Minneapolis, where he leads a team of 10 ‘Shariah cops’ patrolling the Cedar Riverside neighborhood making sure the Somalis are living in accordance with Shariah rules.

ACT! For America president Brigitte Gabriel believes Sharia is incompatible with Western democracy and the freedoms it affords, not only because Sharia is often the catalyst for violent jihad, but because of the brutal treatment of women, homosexuals and other minorities in Muslim societies where Shariah prevails.

There is already evidence that Shariah rules are being privately enforced in some Muslim enclaves in the U.S., such as the Cedar Riverside community of Minneapolis, where police have been made aware of a team of “Sharia cops” and yet have made no arrests, as previously reported by WND. Even some Muslims have complained about the Shariah cops to Minneapolis police, to no avail.

Examples of Shariah in America include not only FGM, which is now known to be practiced throughout the Muslim communities in Minnesota, Michigan and possibly other areas of the U.S. with heavy Muslim populations, but also honor violence and honor killings, examples of which are presented [with photos of American victims] on the ACT! For America website.

The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced the cases of FGM to be prosecuted in America, with charges filed against two doctors in the Detroit area. The two doctors are believed to have mutilated the genitals of an estimated 100 or more girls, most between the ages of 6 and 8, according to a story Thursday in the Detroit News.

Dr. Jumana Nagarwala was charged in Detroit Wednesday with mutilating the genitalia of young girls.

Dr. Jumana Nagarwala was charged in Detroit with mutilating the genitalia of young girls ages 6 to 8.

Jumana Nagarwala, one of two Muslim physicians in the Detroit area accused of secretly performing FGM on girls ages 6 through 8.

Jumana Nagarwala, one of two Muslim physicians in the Detroit area accused of secretly performing FGM on girls ages 6 through 8.

The attorney for one of the doctors has already argued in a pre-trial hearing that her client, Dr. Jumana Nagarwala of Northville, Michigan, was not violating any laws because she was merely practicing her religion under the protection of the First Amendment.

According to the federal criminal complaint filed in Michigan, the surgery is performed “to suppress female sexuality, reduce sexual pleasure and curb promiscuity.”

FGM survivor Lauren Morris, who will speak at the Austin rally Saturday, recently made a video about her experience:

The procedure has been illegal in the U.S. since 1996 and there are no health benefits for girls and women, according to the World Health Organization.

An interactive map showing the 28 cities holding rallies can be found at the ACT For America website, or see the list below.

ARIZONA

Phoenix
Paradise Valley Park
17642 N 40th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85032
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

CALIFORNIA

Oceanside
200 N The Strand, Oceanside, CA 92054
12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Roseville
Fountains at Roseville
1013 Galleria Boulevard, Roseville, CA 95678
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

San Bernardino
Inland Regional Center
1365 S Waterman Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92408
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Santa Clara
Corner of Stevens Creek Blvd. and Winchester Ave.
Santa Clara, CA
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

COLORADO

Denver
Colorado State Capitol
200 E Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80203
3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

CONNECTICUT
Waterbury
235 Grand St. Waterbury, CT 06702
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

FLORIDA

Jacksonville
Salem Center
7235 Bonneval Road, Jacksonville, FL 32256
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Orlando
Valencia College East Campus
701 N Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando, FL 32825
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

GEORGIA

Atlanta
Piedmont Park
525 Park Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

ILLINOIS

Chicago
Washington Square Park
NE Corner Wacker & Wabash, Chicago, IL 60610
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

INDIANA

Indianapolis
Indianapolis State Capitol
200 W Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204
10 a.m. – 2p.m.

KANSAS

Wichita
510 N Main Street, Wichita, KS 67203
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston
139 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

MICHIGAN

Lansing
6233 S. Pennsylvania Avenue, Lansing, MI 48911
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Southfield
SE Corner of M24 (Telegraph) and 12 Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48034
12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

MINNESOTA

St. Paul
Minnesota State Capitol
75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55155
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

MISSOURI
St. Charles
Frontier Park, Louis & Clark Statue
500 S Riverside Dr, St Charles, MO 63301
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Kansas City
Washington Square Park
100 E Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

NEW YORK

New York City
Foley Square
111 Worth Street, New York, NY 10013
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Syracuse
100 S Clinton Street, Syracuse, NY 13202
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

NORTH CAROLINA

Raleigh
North Carolina State Capitol
1 E Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

PENNSYLVANIA

Harrisburg
Harrisburg State Capitol
501 N 3rd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

TEXAS

Austin
Texas State Capitol
11th & Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Dallas
Corner of Abrams Road and Centennial Blvd., Richardson, TX 75081
12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Houston
San Jacinto Battleground, De Zavala Plaza
3523 Independence Parkway, La Porte, TX 77571
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

VIRGINIA

Virginia Beach
Mount Trashmore Park
310 Edwin Drive, VA Beach, VA 23462
3 – 6 p.m.

WASHINGTON

Seattle
600 Fourth Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

To get involved in a city near you, contact Scott Presler at 202-601-4169 or info@actforamerica.us.

stewart_rhodesRhodes issued the following statement on the Oath Keepers website:

“I call on the leadership of all Oath Keepers chapters with an ACT event in their state to step up strong, contact the event organizer, and help in every way possible with security, to include making these events a priority over any other activities in/by their local or state chapters, and encouraging as many of our well-trained police and military veterans as possible to assist with security (as well as the essential communications, intelligence, and medical personnel).   All chapters with organized CPT teams need to commit those teams to these events.   I also call on all Oath Keepers leaders to encourage their chapter members to attend, and to reach out to other local patriotic groups and invite them to participate as well. If there is not an event in your state, please do your best to assist at an event in a nearby state.”

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