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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Coast-to-Coast Anti-Islam Movement Results in Protests, Attacks Against Mosques

By R.E.A.L. Organization • on July 22, 2010

Responsible for Equality And Liberty (R.E.A.L.) supports our universal human rights of freedom of religion, freedom of conscience, and freedom of worship for ALL people — without exception. We reject protests against houses of worship. We reject violence and attacks on houses of worship.

But across America today, an anti-Islam movement of intolerance continues to grow against Muslim mosques. Coast-to-coast, north and south, this movement is growing across the nation. In California, in Tennessee, in Florida, in Wisconsin, and in New York (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island), groups of people are being organized to protest the building and expansion of Muslim mosques. In New York City, thousands have turned out for calls against the freedom of worship to build a mosque. In Tennessee, 600 have turned out in opposition to a mosques’ expansion, and Tennesseans have started marching in the street against a Muslim mosque in Murfreesboro. More opposition to mosques is growing in Chicago, Antioch, Tennessee, and other parts of America...

A major leader in the coast-to-coast mosque protest movement is the Stop Islamization of America (SIOA) group, founded by a European group Stop Islamization of Europe (SIOE) that focuses on protests against mosques in UK and Europe. SIOE has been criticized by moderate, pro-freedom groups such as British Muslims for Secular Democracy (BMSD). In May 2010, the SIOE protests against a mosque in Denmark attracted Neo-Nazi supporters, until photographs were taken of a Danish group’s Nazi swastika banner and the SIOE sought to pull the swastika flag down and dismissed them from the protest. The motto of the European group SIOE is that “Islamophobia is the height of common sense.”...

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