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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 03/ 4/2011

Anti-Muslim videos spark anger; pro-Muslim rally planned for March 6 (#mar6)

By Melissa Bell
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(Screengrab from YouTube)

A video compiled by the Council on American-Islamic Relations has sparked anger across the Internet. Recorded a month ago, it shows an angry, vitriolic protest directed at a group of Muslim Americans -- including young children -- gathering for a fundraiser.

The Muslim group, Islamic Circle of North America Relief USA, said it was trying to raise $350,000 to start social programs establishing women's shelters and fighting hunger and homelessness in the area, according to the Orange County Register.

In the video, protesters are seen waving flag, shouting, "Go back home," and cursing at women and young children trying to pass.

The video shows Deborah Pauly, an Orange County councilwoman, saying, "I know quite a few Marines who would be very happy to help these terrorists to an early meeting in paradise."

It also features U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) saying, "they call it multiculturalism and it has paralyzed too many of our fellow citizens to make the critical judgments we need to make." In an e-mailed statement, Royce said he was angered by the presence of two keynote speakers at the event, Imam Siraj Wahhaj, an Imam at a Brooklyn mosque, and Amir Abdel Malik Ali, an Imam from Oakland who has spoken out in support of Hezbollah.

"We spoke at the park adjacent to the community center. It is regrettable that some protesters at the community center yelled insults at Imam Wahhaj's supporters. Nothing though should deflect from the radicalism of Wahhaj and Malik-Ali," Royce said in an emailed statement.

The video was released on Wednesday, and Glenn Greenwald wrote about it in Salon, saying the video was part of rising tide of anti-Muslim sentiment in America:

Next week, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King (R-N.Y.) will convene a congressional hearing to investigate the loyalty and "radicalization" of American Muslims. Earlier this week in Tennessee, a bill was proposed to make it a felony to follow sharia law -- which would essentially criminalize the practice of Islam in that state. Last year, mosques in Tennessee, Oregon and Georgia were targeted with apparent arson. The case against the Park51 community center -- including from mainstream TV journalists -- was grounded in the warped premise that Muslims generally bore guilt for the 9/11 attacks. All of these sentiments are regularly bolstered by a deranged cult-leader/TV personality followed by millions.

On Thursday, Talking Points Memo released a video of an anti-Muslim rally, filmed that day outside the White House. The British Muslim Anjem Choudary announced on Fox News that his pro-Sharia law group would rally outside the White House. That morning, a group with the Center for Security Policy and Frank Gaffney and a separate group with Terry Jones, the pastor best known for threatening to burn Korans, arrived at the White House to make statements against the Sharia laws. (Update: Talking Points Memo followed up on Friday morning with a second post about the clash between Gaffney's group and Jones's group at the event. Gaffney's group tried to have Jones's expelled from the park.)

Choudary and his demonstration never materialized. Instead, Talking Points Memo reporter Ryan J. Reilly writes:

But just as the rally was dying out, a Muslim man showed up to pray in front of the White House. He was quickly surrounded by a large group of protesters who shouted an array of insults at him: mocking him for drinking Starbucks coffee, telling him to go back to his country and even throwing tiny crosses at his feet as he prayed.

Reilly said he spoke to a police officer on the scene who said the man prays at the White House every few days.

With the videos swirling around the Internet, another rally is getting attention: the "I am Muslim, Too" rally planned for March 6 in Times Square in New York City. The rally was not planned in response to the videos, but rather to protest the upcoming congressional hearings.

"We're concerned the hearings will send the wrong message and alienate American Muslims instead of partnering with them, potentially putting their lives at risk by inciting fear and enmity," Russell Simmons, chairman of RUSH Communications told the Hip-Hop blog Global Grind.

WE MARCHIN' !!! @unclerush : Today, I Am Muslim Too! Rally PLS RT #Mar6 ... than a minute ago via web

In the original posting, I incorrectly identified the Center for Security Policy and Frank Gaffney as a "Christian group." The Center for Security Policy is a non-partisan group.

By Melissa Bell  | March 4, 2011; 10:00 AM ET
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I find such actions horrible, embarrassing, and damaging to our national interests. Shame on such people.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | March 4, 2011 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Just for learning: remove this group as a target for this thoughtless anger and consider another ethnic, racial or religious as the target group. Or do the same exercise with the hateful mob.
Now place it in history: schoolhouses in Selma, Jewish homes and businesses burning in 1938 and other historical references come to mind.
Silence gives consent. And that's on all of us.

Posted by: stillAfan1 | March 4, 2011 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Give the Councilwoman a beard and a robe and you wouldn't be able to tell the difference between her and Osama....

Posted by: thecat7 | March 4, 2011 11:45 AM | Report abuse

When the Nazis decreed that Danish Jews had to wear an armband with the Star of David, most Danes, led by their captured King, proudly wore this emblem.
Perhaps we in the anti-war, anti-racist resistance should don the star and crescent.

Posted by: ChrisHerz | March 4, 2011 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone tell me what is the difference between and shariah4america ?
Just have look at

Posted by: zetes | March 5, 2011 7:20 AM | Report abuse

these people are embarrassing, ignorant and extremely unchristian. they make me ashamed to call myself american. go back home, eat sand, mohammed was a perv, take a pic i'll rip the stupid f'ing camera out of u'r hand. definately a bunch of christians. we love our constitution and we're going to keep it that way, total ignorance, if she knew anything about the constitution she would know these people have a right to practice thier religion and that councilwoman where do i begin? send some marines to send the women and children terrorists to an early paradise, does she realise thier are muslims in the u.s. military? fighting for her right to sound like an ass... ughh! i'm an atheist and a native american. these folks need to ask themselves, what would jesus do? because they are by far the worst christians EVER.

Posted by: robertgundaker2 | March 5, 2011 12:53 PM | Report abuse

"Earlier this week in Tennessee, a bill was proposed to make it a felony to follow sharia law -- which would essentially criminalize the practice of Islam in that state."

The person who wrote that--Glenn Greenwald, according to this article--is either an idiot or being deliberately deceptive. Banning the practice of Sharia IN NO WAY prevents a Muslim from practicing his or her religion. It does prevent Muslims from doing things which conflict with American law, like stoning people for adultery, forcing underage girls into marriage, and ordering or carrying out rapes and 'honor' killings.

And while I do not condone--under any circumstances--insulting or threatening a group that is peacefully gathered, it is worth remembering that much of the funding for Hamas and other groups, and for very doubtful political purposes, comes from so-called Islamic "charities."

And how amateur and transparent to show Congressman Royce with the caption "Hate comes to Orange County" on top of it. (Or maybe not so amateur, because so many people can't think for themselves.) Go back and read what Royce actually said. There's no 'hate' there--at all.

Posted by: chrysalis06 | March 5, 2011 3:28 PM | Report abuse

One of the Imams at the event protested is a supporter of Hezbollah? Then the conservative protesters in Orange County are right: these are not peaceful Moslems, the have already allowed themselves to be infiltrated by terrorists.

Posted by: Syllogizer | March 5, 2011 4:06 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: debranelson0549 | March 5, 2011 4:16 PM | Report abuse

For the opinion of someone both smarter and more significant than you, Google "Churchill's opinion of Islam" What he says he credits mostly to how Muslims treat women--(enough said--no more acceptable than how South Africa treated Blacks)--but Churchill brings in other facts to booster his opinion--nobody could say it better.

Posted by: Skerns0301 | March 5, 2011 4:42 PM | Report abuse

uh, Chrysalis06.. your post makes no sense whatever. A law that "bans" the practice of Sharia law does exactly that. If it's made illegal, then it is banned. You say all it does is prohibit people from violating already-existing laws. HUH? It is illegal -- by definition-- to violate any existing law. That's sort of what "law" means.

Do you SERIOUSLY think it somehow makes sense to pass a law prohibiting the violation of already-existing laws? Perhaps then we'd need still another law requiring compliance with your law. You are constructing a legal hall of mirrors!

Posted by: EbenCooke | March 5, 2011 5:04 PM | Report abuse

why is not one so-called progressive upset in the slightest that malik ali was invited to speak at this event.

the southern poverty law center has rightfully labeled him a hate mongerer and a bigot.

did the organizers not think this invitation would cause not only controversy but protests?

and why did cair edit the vid so as to make viewers think that the hateful speech came from the initial protest...and was not aimed directly at the speakers?

Posted by: waltkovacs | March 5, 2011 8:44 PM | Report abuse

waitkovacs: Why aren't progressives upset?

I know that, having no idea what the constitution LOOKS like, never mind knowing what's in it, that even hatemongers have the right to free speech. They're no different from the KKK--a well known terrorist group that gets to speak freely and assemble. Or your average anti-abortionist group.

If you have evidence that any of the Muslim speakers that have your whitebread knickers in a knot were involved in terrorism, call the FBI. Otherwise, quit whining.

Posted by: Aquaria | March 6, 2011 8:10 AM | Report abuse

Correction to this sentence: "I know that, having no idea what the constitution LOOKS like, never mind what's in it, that ***you don't know** that even hatemongers" & etc.

Posted by: Aquaria | March 6, 2011 8:12 AM | Report abuse

WaPo: "The video was released on Wednesday, and Glenn Greenwald wrote about it in Salon, saying the video was part of rising tide of anti-Muslim sentiment in America:"
As opposed to the long, well-established history of Muslim anti-American sentiment in America.

I note that despite all the yelling, nobody was assaulted, nobody shot up the group of Muslims. Let me know the next time an American walks into a Muslim gathering and starts shooting, while yelling, "Help me, Jesus!"

Then think about Fort Hood.

If Muslims don't want to be perceived as anti-American, they need to cast out from their company those Muslims who hate America. Instead of complaining that they aren't always treated nicely.

Posted by: gilbertbp | March 6, 2011 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Muslims are not the problem. Our threats of terroism is comming right from Wall Street and certain elected officials.When are we going to rally denouncing what our government has allowed Wall Street to do to the world economy.Its going to happen all over again because the greed is over the top. Washington seems to be turning a blind eye inturn setting the stage for another crash.Example: Higher gas prices is just Wall Street's manipulation the market and is the thanks to the taxpayers for a lucrative free ride.

Posted by: raven8 | March 6, 2011 10:26 AM | Report abuse

"...I note that despite all the yelling, nobody was assaulted, nobody shot up the group of Muslims. Let me know the next time an American walks into a Muslim gathering and starts shooting, while yelling, "Help me, Jesus!"

Then think about Fort Hood.

If Muslims don't want to be perceived as anti-American, they need to cast out from their company those Muslims who hate America. Instead of complaining that they aren't always treated nicely.

Posted by: gilbertbp | March 6, 2011 9:56 AM"
Measuring oneself against ultimate evil, then essentially proclaiming: "See, we are not THAT bad", isn't particularly convincing.

If your only requirement for morality is to require oneself to be slightly better than the worst of the most recent evil, forgive me if I'm not impressed.

Posted by: JohnInMI | March 6, 2011 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Breaking News : AP:March 6 2011: 3:50 PM-ET The FBI and CIA has just announced that after a joint 6 month investigation they have discovered that Muslims were NOT the hijackers on 9-11. Muslims were on board the planes but they were trying to PREVENT the hijackings.A man named Herman Squatter has confessed to being the culprit.Squatter admits that he trained and led members of the Hilalea Methodist church in Twigger,Arkansa to carry out this act. Reasons are unclear but an unidentified source said they wanted to get good Muslim people in trouble. This story is still breaking.

Posted by: smithstar4 | March 6, 2011 4:04 PM | Report abuse

(continued)...Consider how you would feel about those who support such men by paying them to speak or who would attend their speeches. How would you feel about a fundraiser that uses such men to raise money, regardless of the alleged cause?

Look up the wikipedia entry on ICNA and google ICNA and ask yourself similar questions.

The "cause" is ICNA Relief's Muslim shelters for women. They are pro-Islam, part of ICNA, and have an agenda. They provide relief and support to Muslim refugees and other homeless women. Do you think they attempt to convert non-Muslim women who stay in their shelters? Do you think homeless women are good candidates for conversion? Think about it.

Can you think of other social situations that have been exploited for religious gain? Hint: prisons, converts, Islam.

As an aside, The OC Register article points out that the vitriolic (but non-violent) protesters in the video (about 100) were a "splinter group" from the main protest which ran throughout the day. The speakers you saw in the video spoke earlier in the day. A Holocaust survivor also spoke. Perhaps after reading this, what they were saying makes more sense.

Clearly, there's a difference between protesting against Islam or Muslims in general, and protesting anti-American, anti-semitic, homophobic, women-hating, misogynistic extremists.

Wall Street Journal profile of Wahhaj (references stoning):

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Posted by: greensophia88 | March 6, 2011 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Wake me when the protesters start cutting off heads to make their point.

Posted by: mgmax | March 6, 2011 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Google "five dancing Israelis" - learn the truth: that the September 2001 attacks had nothing to do with Muslims (except, of course, as a way of framing them).
Bin Laden condemned the attacks, and (despite the ridiculous fraud of a fake video "found" in Afghanistan) has never said that he had anything to do with 9-11.
9-11 was an operation executed by Israeli intelligence (Mossad).

Posted by: pointy | March 7, 2011 8:37 AM | Report abuse

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