Over the past two weeks, many readers wrote and asked me if I or my organization would be in DC today for an anti-sharia rally. I said no, and advised them not to go. Choudary was never coming; he is on a no-fly list and the State department had issued no visa. The DC Parks department issued no permit. It was a hoax. And Choudary and the Islamic Thinkers Society represent a tiny fringe group of extreme and violent freaks, so why would we want to give then any credence? They are not our problem.
Adding to the carnival atmosphere of the sparsely attended circus were fringe elements like Terry Jones and other carny barkers.
We must pick our fights, and I have too much respect for my readers and their time to waste it or send them to something that will cast them in an ugly light.
As predicted, the "anti-sharia" rally was nothing more than a freak show, and reflects poorly on the good and righteous souls fighting a very real enemy here in America.
TPMMuckracker was there with this report. The video is awful. It's as if these people are trying to sabotage our cause. Very bad. This is what not to do, and not what we do. Of course the enemedia will insinuate that Robert Spencer and I are part of this. We are not. We had nothing to do with it, and I counseled readers and friends not to attend.
As for the lone Muslim who decided to get into middle of it and pray, well, that seems somewhat provocative. But in the video, he appears noble, courageous, pious, harmless and righteous. And the "anti-sharia" agitators appear menacing, boorish and hostile. Very badly done. This is not SIOA or AFDI. In every demonstration we are in involved in, our people are focused on defending good, American values and conduct themselves with dignity and respect (infiltrators and plants not included).
But just as the rally was dying out, a Muslim man who showed up to pray in front of the White House. He was quickly surrounded by a large group of protestors who shouted an array of insults at him: mocking him for drinking Starbucks coffee, telling him to go back to his country and even throwing tiny crosses at his feet as he prayed. I captured the scene in the video below.