Elham Asaad Buaras
An anti-Islamophobia conference in Dallas, Texas, US, was met with demonstrators holding American flags and signs railing against Shari’a.
Attendees of the Stand With the Prophet Against Terror and Hate conference on January 17 were met with protesters carrying signs with slogans that called Islam the “enemy of freedom” and who told the attendees they were “not welcome” in their country.
Some of the protestors took issue with Shari’a, while others targeted the public school system for allowing the event to be held at one of its buildings in the area northeast of Dallas.
“We pay our taxes to that school, and I don’t want them here,” said one woman holding a “God Bless America” sign.
The event drew a heightened police presence and also some counter-protesters who also turned up outside, carrying their own signs with messages that read: “Jesus is not a hater.”
The event featured a panel of prominent speakers, including Georgetown University Professor John Esposito and Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid from Chicago.
It is one of many events planned by organising group, Sound Vision, which has scheduled conferences in several cities around the country as part of the “Stand with the Prophet” tour.
The group has already held events in a number of cities, including Boston and Chicago, and aims to raise money for a strategic communication center to help eliminate negative public opinion of Muslims.
“I go to Muslim countries, and I speak all over the United States,” Esposito said during his speech.
“What’s interesting to me is that this is the first time that I’ve been in a situation that I’ve come to speak and I’ve seen this level of hate.”