Rifle-Carrying Protesters Outside Florida Mosque Decry “Islamization” Of America

The encroachment of Islam, and in particular Salafist Islam which encourages groups like the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda, on the West is a serious issue.

This might not be the best way to approach it

On November 21 a group of armed protesters surrounded a Irving, Florida, mosque to oppose the pending influx of Syrian refugees and the “Islamization of America.”

Some of the protesters had AR-15 rifles slung across their shoulders while others carried bolt action rifles popular for their long range accuracy. They explained that they were not carrying the weapons for offensive purposes, but to defend themselves in the event that things went badly during the protest.

According to Fox 4, protest spokesman David Wright said, “We are here protesting Syrian refugees coming to America [and] protesting the Islamization of America.” He is convinced that the opposition he and fellow protesters show is “popular” but people “are scared; they are scared to stand up and say anything about it. They are scared to come out to a place like [Irving] and stand in front of a mosque and protest Islam.”

Wright pointed to recent terror attacks in which ISIS has claimed responsibility and to the alleged use of Syrian passports to move an attacker into position for the recent slaughter of 130 people in Paris. In light of these things, Wright opposes taking Syrian refugees. He says bringing them to the US would provide ISIS the chance to put attackers “into the refugee flow.” He said, “I don’t even want one of them to come here.”

It’s their right to protest, of course, and they do represent a large swath of the American people who reject Islam and its presence in this country. Bringing rifles to a peaceful protest is a rather good way to make that protest not peaceful, though, and one wonders whether such activity actually furthers the cause the protesters favor.

But when Muslim terrorists present a threat, and there is an easily perceived civilizational conflict between Islam and the West, and Western governments refuse to act as though they understand the scope of what’s happening or worse, that they don’t care, you start to see people bringing AR-15’s to demonstrate outside of a mosque.

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