Demonstrations were held across the nation Saturday in protest of Shariah law, but those protests were also met with counter-protests.
Sharia "is a legal or philosophical code derived from Islamic scripture and meant to guide the behavior of observant Muslims", as NPR's Tom Gjelten noted.
The group protesting the "March Against Sharia" was often more vocal than the march itself, shouting things like "No Trump, No KKK, no fascist U.S.". Here's what that sounded like.
A small group also stood at a nearby George Washington monument, chanting, "America first!"
The anti-Sharia marchers mostly stayed towards the top of the capitol steps, and their chanting was often drowned out by the protesters' drumming and shouting.
ACT for America's rally begins at 10 a.m.at City Hall Plaza.
BRIAN MANN, BYLINE: Hi, Michel.
The Council for American Islamic Relations, however, called the ACT for America event "anti-Islam rallies" and urged people to respond with peaceful educational events and activities.
Anti-Shariah protesters said their demonstration in Santa Clara and San Jose Saturday was organized in response to what they consider to be an existential threat to American democracy.
"Protests aren't anything new for us". "They're both the same".
For years, Act for America and Gabriel have spent years spreading fear of Muslims and stripping them rights afforded to the followers of the other faiths. The organizer of the main event here was Lisa Joseph.
Counterprotester and Austinite Daisy Rios said she believed the anti-Sharia movement has been "co-opted by the alt-right". They don't want us in their country.
More than a dozen states have passed, or are trying to pass, laws to curb the possibility of Sharia law making its way onto the books in the U.S. So what is that something else? Instead, sharia law is more a set of guidelines through which a Muslim is expected to live a virtuous life, comparable to the Ten Commandments. They invite anyone who has questions to just ask. "There are so many messages going on that I'm not sure who's who".
The rallies were spearheaded by Act for America, described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an anti-Muslim hate group.
"As the LGBTQ community, we wanted to be here to show how we don't want our name to be used in rhetoric racism pushing against Islam", said Max Disposti, head of the center. Counter-protesters and civil rights advocates gathered in some cities to push back against the marches.
MANN: Well, there was a lot of anger.
He was on his way to join the anti-Trump side with his husband.
People hold up signs during a counter-protest to an anti-Shariah law rally origanized by ACT for America on June 10, 2017 at City Hall in NY.
MARTIN: That was Brian Mann with North Country Public Radio.
MANN: So really deep divisions here and profound distrust.