The American Muslim Advisory Council in the town of Manchester, Tennessee invited the US attorney Bill Killian and the special agent for the FBI in charge of that region Kenneth Moore to talk about hate crimes, in order to foster a “public discourse in a diverse society, with a particular focus on the Muslim religion.”
Unfortunately, not everyone thought it was a good idea. The room was packed and some people protested both inside and outside, continuously interrupting the speakers. The comments of some of the protestors show an extraordinary level of paranoia about the possible influence of Sharia law.
Protester Larry McIntosh, 54, of Manchester, said he was skeptical of Killian and Moore.
“I feel like (these) men are attempting to intimidate people with the freedom of speech and that bothers me,” he said. “I would like to say that Muslims have a right to live here and worship freely, but I do not think they have the right to change American law to fit Sharia law. Violence no matter where it comes from bothers me.”
Former “Saturday Night Live” star Victoria Jackson was among the protesters.
“The Constitution and Sharia cannot coexist,” she said. “Islam is evil.”
You can watch some of the proceedings. As an example of what ‘public discourse in a diverse society’ should look like, it is not pretty.
I too would hate to live under Sharia or any other religion-based law but the system that we should be most likely concerned about in the US in one based on Christianity, not Islam.