Washington, DC – Today, ACT for America, the nation’s
largest grassroots anti-Muslim hate group, announced a series of “America
First” September 9th rallies intended to sow division, fear, and hate.
“This is yet another attempt by ACT for America to normalize
anti-Muslim bigotry,” said Madihha Ahussain, special counsel for anti-Muslim
bigotry for Muslim Advocates. “Two months ago, their attempt to bring hate into
communities across the nation only galvanized people to speak up for unity.”
This past June, ACT planned a similar series of anti-Muslim
Ramadan rallies, many of which were outnumbered by counter unity
events. In Lansing,
Michigan, people turned out with buckets, sponges, and mops after the ACT rally
to “wash away the hate.” In Houston, different faith communities came
together to host an interfaith service event and counter protest in defense of
their Muslim friends and neighbors. New York’s counter-protest had 500 people,
while others attended an iftar and interfaith dinner against hate and violence
ACT’s founder and current president Brigitte Gabriel has
claimed that “every practicing Muslim is a radical Muslim” and called Muslims a
“natural threat to civilized people of the world, particularly Western
society.” In March, she attended a meeting at
the White House and delivered a petition, commissioned by ACT, in
favor of Trump’s Muslim ban.
Muslim Advocates is a national legal advocacy and
educational organization that works on the frontlines of civil rights to
guarantee freedom and justice for Americans of all faiths.