Protesters who want to make sure Islamic Sharia law does not gain a foothold in the United States gathered in more than 20 cities across the country on Saturday, and they inevitably attracted so-called “counter-demonstrators” who could not resist the urge to get violent. At events in Seattle, St. Paul, and elsewhere, police were forced to make arrests when raucous liberals failed to keep their hands (among other objects) to themselves.
The rallies were sponsored by a group called ACT for America. The Southern Poverty Law Center, every mainstream media article tells us, has labeled the organization an “anti-Muslim hate group.” To this day, we still don’t understand how the SPLC was given the authority to make such determinations, but perception is reality, and the perception is that the SPLC is an unbiased arbiter of hate…and not a radical, left-wing group designed only to further liberal ideology and rake in donations.
Despite their unwarranted classification as a hate group, speakers at the ACT rallies went out of their way to establish the fact that they were NOT anti-Muslim in any way, shape, or form. Rather, they oppose the idea of Sharia law, a system of Islamic rules that are incompatible with the Constitution and the entirety of Western democracy.
Shockingly, some of the most balanced coverage of the rallies came from NPR. While the public radio news station couldn’t help but notice that the events “attracted far-right-wing extremists,” they did at least interview actual representatives from ACT. This put their coverage far ahead of NBC News, which opted to get almost all of their information from the SPLC.
If you read NPR’s coverage, you can see that the event’s organizer is not exactly the kind of person you might expect if you’re a kneejerk liberal who thinks all of this comes out of Trump Central:
The national coordinator of the marches, Scott Presler, is a 29-year-old Republican operative who says he, as a gay man, was first motivated to fight Muslim extremism after the deadly Orlando, Fla., shooting last June.
The target in Orlando was a gay nightclub, and the perpetrator allegedly pledged loyalty to ISIS. To Presler, it highlighted a problem of anti-gay bigotry in orthodox Islam.
“This was born on the Internet, from me sending out a Twitter post saying, ‘Hey, I would love to do a rally, who wants to help?’ ” Presler told NPR. The query, he said, prompted responses from conservative activists across the country. “My email has just been pummeled with activity.”
The fact is, when you read into what Sharia law really is and how Muslims are trying their damnedest the change the culture of several Western European nations, you can’t help but get involved. At least, not if you love this country and want it to remain free.
Now what does that say about people who are opposed to ACT for America and its mission?