In contrast to the armed protesters, with some of them wearing masks, who surrounded a mosque after prayer-time in Irving, Texas, demonstrators held a rally of their own to support Muslims’ right to worship without fear of intimidation.
“People are tired of seeing hate and ugliness,” said organizer Tonya Cadenhead.
According to the Dallas Morning News, about 200 people lined up outside the Islamic Center of Irving on Saturday afternoon, standing for hours with signs of friendship and support for religious freedom as they hugged worshippers who drifted over from the mosque.
Just one week earlier, a dozen men and women stood fully armed outside the mosque calling for an end to practicing the Muslim faith in this country. That Freedom of Religion thing doesn’t fare well with Conservatives if it’s not solely applied to them.
“It turned my stomach,” said Bob Maryan, one of hundreds in Saturday’s crowd, who said this was the first demonstration he’s attended.
A little girl wandered through the crowd as people thrust flowers toward her, according to the paper.
VIDEO:Sidewalk full of people outside the Islamic center of Irving show their support for the local Muslim community pic.twitter.com/3G9DA3S1Z1
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The Dallas Morning News reports:
“Holding guns where little kids study … it’s just being a coward,” said Maleeha Aziz, 22, who emigrated from Pakistan to Dallas about four years ago. Her sign read: “Terrorism, NOT in my name.”
The armed Group’s spokesman David Wright said he didn’t consider the turnout to be impressive.
“Its easy to gather sheep, ask any Shepard!” he wrote on Twitter.
Sure, his dozen ammosexual colleagues far outweighs the hundreds who poured in to show support for the Mosque (wink wink).
Before Saturday’s protest, he published the names and addresses of Muslims in the community, thus putting American Muslims in harm’s way.
In another tweet, he wrote, “Why are we expected to sympathize with Muslims? They should be sympathizing with us! #aviselk #marklevin #seanhannity #tedcruz”
That all depends on his definition of ‘us.’
On his group’s Facebook page, he adds, “Tonya Twotone aka Tonya Cadenhead is one of the girls who is organizing the “peace” protest in response to our armed protest at the Irving mosque. Careful guys she specializes in witchcraft! Just wait till the mosque members find out she’s in to witchcraft, this should be good! Lmao.”
Ms. Cadenhead did organize the rally and the First Amendment allows her to practice whatever faith she chooses. They busted her. They caught her red-handed. Wright’s group touts the militia movement, so we’d prefer a witch, thank you very much.
It sounds as if Mr. Wright is angry because his hatred was called out in the nicest possible way. The fact is, Saturday’s protesters were not simply ‘sympathizing with Muslims’ but they were standing up for the Constitution and doing what’s right and that is what actual patriots do.
“I saw a group of people were being mean, and my instant reaction was to be nice,” Tonya Candenhead said.
Another protester, Chuck Smith, said he was outraged to see people coming to the mosque while being shadowed on the sidewalk by armed demonstrators.”
“It just made me so angry to see Americans who call themselves brave patriots threatening women and children,” he said.
What the armed protesters did was stalk Americans because they aren’t Christians. If they want a theocracy, we hear that ISIL is recruiting