On the anniversary of an Islamic attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando that killed 49 people, a U.K. resident known only as “Tommy English” organized the “Gays Against Shariah – UK” March in Manchester, England, which was held on June 11. While this did not seem to have anything official to do with anti-Sharia marches that were organized in 19 states over the weekend, the timing of the event was carefully chosen to highlight the fact that, under Sharia law, being homosexual is punishable by an automatic death sentence.
A year ago, 49 people died at Pulse nightclub. Today, Orlando remembers. https://t.co/k6Bj3gXStD
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) June 12, 2017
Conservatives, of course, are picking up the reins in the fight against the abuses and tyrannical behavior that happens when Sharia law is allowed to dominate. The organizer of the American marches, a conservative named Scott Presler who also happens to be homosexual, hoped that the marches would highlight the anti-gay beliefs of the Islamic faith.
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— ACT for America (@ACTforAmerica) June 13, 2017
“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?” he told NPR. He says that the response was enormous. “My email was just pummeled with activity.”
One of the respondents was Denise Zamora, who offered to organize a march in San Bernardino, California, where a Pakistani-American man and his wife had carried out a terrorist attack. She hoped to draw attention to the problem of female genital mutilation that is common in many conservative Muslim communities.
“I didn’t know much about radical Muslims or jihad. I wasn’t educated. So I started learning about everything, and when ACT for America announced they were going to do a nationwide march, I quickly volunteered,” she said.
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) June 10, 2017
The problem exists even here in America. Reasonable conservatives do not try to pretend that “home-grown” terrorism does not exist, and so do radical Muslim clerics living right here in the U.S. When asked about the issue of homosexuals, U.S. cleric Dr. Abdullah Hakim Quick said, “The punishment is death. And I am not going to change this religion.” He now claims that he no longer holds this position, but it should be noted that this is not an uncommon opinion among Muslim community leaders in the United States.
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— Just A Navy Wife (@justanavywife) June 10, 2017
Liberals predictably blasted the anti-Sharia marches as being Islamophobic. Many LBGT groups distanced themselves from the event in Manchester, claiming that its organizers did not speak for them. However, liberals are intent on ignoring the fact that Sharia law is incompatible with Western values and definitely goes against everything that liberals claim to stand for. This includes women’s rights, homosexual rights, and the right to be free from theocracy.
Liberals especially blasted the organization that backed the American marches, ACT for America. ACT claims to be the NRA of national security with a focus on preserving the Constitution in the face of liberals who ignore it and the right of all Americans to live without fear of attacks from those who hate American values.
— ACT for America (@ACTforAmerica) June 14, 2017
Liberal groups have organized several counter-protests in support of Muslims and Sharia law. This has led to some minor clashes between protesters and several arrests. The media largely ignored the protests because they didn’t know what to do with anti-Sharia protests that were organized by homosexuals.
It also highlights the double standard that is normal for liberals. They will claim that they support liberty and equal rights for all people, including homosexuals and women until the topic of Islamic extremism and Sharia law comes up. Then conservatives are the bad guys for making a stand against those who hate freedom and Western values that include the right to stand up for equal rights.
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) June 10, 2017
However, this does not mean that conservatives of all stripes – including those in the LBGT community who may hesitate to take action for fear of being demonized – shouldn’t speak up when they perceive a problem that could affect their right to live a dignified life. Remember, people are being beheaded in the Middle East for the “crime” of being homosexual and Islamic radicals would impose human rights abuses like this on the entire Western world if they could. That means the anti-Sharia protesters in the U.S. and U.K. are right to not try to sugar-coat their position that Sharia law is a threat and completely incompatible with Western values.