Armed protesters, with some of them wearing masks, stood outside an Irving, Texas, mosque on Saturday just as evening prayers had finished.
Conservatives held signs reading, “Stop the Islamization of America,” while the driver of a pickup truck honked his horn in approval of the intimidating protest.
According to The Dallas Morning News, two men on the sidewalk mocked an Arabic song that was playing by distorting foreign lyrics into gibberish as the car sped away. About a dozen protestors gathered for this ugly spectacle with guns and flags just waiting for another passer-by to pay attention.
“We tried to talk to the mosque before we did this, but they wouldn’t return our messages,” said David Wright, organizer of the armed protest. “So here we are.”
We’re not sure what kind of response Mr. Wright was anticipating, ‘Oh, so you’re going to surround our Mosque while carrying firearms during prayer time? That sounds really peaceful!”
Wright said he organized the rally in response to the recent terrorist attack in Paris and he added that he wants to block Syrian refugees from coming to America while fleeing from ISIL.
The Dallas Morning News reports:
…he was convinced that Irving’s mosque had established the country’s first Islamic court earlier in the year—a false rumor that started online but grew in popularity after Mayor Beth Van Duyne made it the focus of speeches to Tea Party groups
“They shut the illegal court down,” Wright said, incorrectly. “And then, they threatened to kill the mayor.”
So the protesters came with guns due to a lie circulated by the Tea Party. One of the protesters covered his face with a bandana while showing off his AR-15 to traffic.
Another protester was a 20-year-old who hopes to join the Army and ban Islam in United States. At the gathering, he carried a Remington hunting rifle while his mother held the “Stop the Islamization of America” sign.
We’re only surprised that the sign was spelled correctly.
“They’re mostly for self-defense or protection,” Wright said of his 12-gauge firearm. “But I’m not going to lie. We do want to show force. … It would be ridiculous to protest Islam without defending ourselves.”
Another protester carried a Ted Cruz sign.
“My initial impression was they were using them for intimidation,” said David Palmer, a City Council member. “I doubt that they’d be happy if some of the Muslim churchgoers here showed up at their Christian church, their Baptist church, their Methodist church tomorrow morning with rifles slung over their shoulders.”
Imagine that happening. The right-wing outrage would be deafening.
The police chief personally alerted mosque leaders about the rally, Palmer said. Mosque leaders then urged their worshippers to stay clear of the group.
The worshippers at the Mosque took the high road.
The protesters were ignored at the Mosque with one exception. After the protest they offered praise for freedom of speech, because dissent is as American as apple pie.
However, the abundance of guns outside the Mosque was an example of intimidation.
This has all been done before because freedom of religion apparently only applies to right-wing Christians.
This past May, protestors gathered outside of a Phoenix mosque to interrupt prayer time while wearing “Fuck Islam” t-shirts.
The group’s organizer urged protesters to carry guns, and many of them did. Some waved flags while demeaning women of the Muslim faith.
Imagine if armed Muslims surrounded a church during prayer time to demand an end to the Christian faith being practiced in America — then imagine Bill O’Reilly’s head exploding.
Image: The Dallas Morning News