Are anti-Sharia rallies really more likely to lead to violence than Islam?
The idea that anti-Sharia rallies should cause more concern about impending violence than should be caused by mass immigration of Muslims is ridiculous. But that is exactly the mainstream media message. All concern about Islam and violence that is expressed at anti-Sharia rallies is unworthy of consideration, according to them. In fact, it is really just racism. But when Muslims worry about violence being inspired by the same anti-Sharia rallies, that is realistic.
Thus, the Associated Press headline: “Anti-Shariah rallies this weekend worry Muslim leaders.”
Inside a mosque in the college town of Eugene, a half-dozen men prostrated themselves on a carpet while another man led the midday prayers. Over their melodic recitation came a tapping sound as a locksmith installed higher-grade locks on the front door.
The worshippers at the Eugene Islamic Center are worried about their security. A man recently appeared outside the mosque and threatened to kill Muslims.
Barely two weeks later, an assailant stabbed two men to death and wounded a third on a commuter train in Portland, 110 miles (180 kilometers) to the north. The victims were trying to protect two teenage girls, one of whom was wearing a hijab, as the man shouted anti-Islamic slurs.
Looking ahead, Muslim leaders and others are concerned about anti-Shariah, or Islamic law, marches planned for Saturday in Seattle and about two-dozen other U.S. cities, saying the marches are really anti-Muslim. They consider the incidents in Portland and Eugene, and other recent anti-Muslim crimes in America, part of an alarming trend that came to the forefront in last year’s presidential election with far-right activists portraying Islam — and all Muslims — as a threat.
“Our Muslim community is feeling a tremendous amount of stress and pressure,” said former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, who plans to attend a counter-rally Saturday. “It’s important for local leaders to express solidarity and make clear we stand against bigotry, against racism and with our Muslim neighbors in the state and beyond.”
Even if stories of violence are true. The probability of violence coming from the right against Islam is miniscule compared to that coming from Islam and/or the Left.