Freedom of speech has already become a contentious issue surrounding the marches, apparently the first simultaneous anti-Shariah rallies held across the U.S.
The undersigned organizations include Amnesty International, the Anti-Defamation League, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Muslim Advocates and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). A chorus of supporters shouted President Donald J. Trump's name and "God Bless America" in response. "This manifestation at the Capitol is actually a way to make our Muslim neighbors feel uncomfortable."A representative for ACT for America could not be reached for comment".
"If you stand for human rights, please join us to march against Sharia". Some of the alt-right extremists followed the march and were allowed by police to start some fights-after which Seattle police arrested only the anti-fascists who had been attacked.
ACT for America describes itself as a grass-roots group that works with legislators to "impact public policy and protect America from terrorism". "That's not it. We're just bringing attention to the cause", Roberts said.
She said she has noticed increased hostility toward Muslims, evidenced by the destruction of a granite sign in front of the mosque she attends in Redmond, Washington, by someone apparently wielding a sledgehammer.
Rowan urged everyone to join in the protest at the State Capitol against anti-Muslim bigotry.
An addition 81 bills or amendments targeting Muslims were introduced during the same time period.
Hate crimes against Muslims surged a year ago, rising about 67 percent over 2014, according to an Federal Bureau of Investigation report.
Heavily armed members of anti-government "patriot movement", the Three Percenters, have been spotted at the march in Atlanta.
"They're calling us anti-Muslim, Islamophobic".
With counterprotests slated to take place in more than a dozen cities hosting the National March Against Sharia, many expect clashes between far-right activists and militant anti-fascists.
The dueling NY demonstrations unfolded across the street from each other in lower Manhattan on a day as heated as both sides' views.
At least one planned rally was cancelled in Portland, Oregon, where two men were fatally stabbed last month while defending two Muslim women from a man who taunted them with racial slurs. It is a mostly white group and it's only about protecting white people against a supposed threat from us.
There was also a vicious glitter attack in Portland.
But some also anxious about violent confrontations as anti-Muslim protesters came face to face with opposition groups, or carried their protests into predominantly minority neighborhoods, as they were planning to do in some cities. "I do not believe they have a right to a platform. I don't think that it's fair to scapegoat innocent people", Westfall said. But she and other group leaders often fall back on the argument that all practicing Muslims adhere to Sharia. "It affects all of us".