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Gun nuts gather around Texas Islamic community center to intimidate worshippers

This Saturday, a group of armed protesters gathered outside of a Mosque in Irving, Texas. The group, which consisted of individuals of all ages, stood in front of the Islamic Community Center with hand-made signs that warned against the “Islamization of America” while prominently displayed their weapons.

This Saturday, a group of armed protesters gathered outside of a Mosque in Irving, Texas. The group, which consisted of individuals of all ages, stood in front of the Islamic Community Center with hand-made signs that warned against the “Islamization of America” while prominently displayed their weapons.

Several in the group, which calls itself “The Bureau of American Islamic Relations,” hid their faces with masks and waved homemade signs, banners for Tea Party candidates like Ted Cruz, and American flags along with their guns.

The protesters marched around the mosque for several hours. Muslims who were entering the center kept their distance from the protestors, who were ordered to stay 100 feet away while police were on site. Most worshippers simply ignored the protestors, although several watched the spectacle. At one point, the protestors mocked an Arabic song that a member of the mosque defiantly blasted from their car stereo as the left the parking lot.

The group’s leader, David Wright, started the protest in response to several rumors. Wright and other group members heard that the mosque was conducting an illegal Sharia court — a court that rules on Islamic law — and made death threats against Mayor Beth Van Duyne. Both rumors are have been widely written off as falsehoods.

When asked about the group’s weapons, Wright said that they were “mostly for self protection.”

“But I’m not going to lie. We do want to show force. We’re not sitting ducks,” he added.

The Bureau of American Islamic Relations made headlines earlier this year after accusing Ahmed Mohammad, the teenager arrested for his homemade clock, of making a “hoax bomb.” Wright attempted to alert the mosque of the armed protest, but simply showed up with the group after his calls were not returned.

Mayor Van Duyne launched herself into the national spotlight by promoting the rumor that the Islamic Center of Irving was starting a Sharia court, and warned that Islam would destroy America “from within.”

Leaders of the community center and mosque instructed the worshippers not to engage the protestors in any way. Some people watched the protest from outside of the mosque, but when approached by reporters they only offered variations of “no comment,” while some even praised the ability to exercise free speech.

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  1. atatakaidanjp

    November 23, 2015 at 2:46 am

    If this kind of childish activity happened in the reverse, the bigoted folks would be “up in arms” claiming that Muslims were harassing them and “taking away their right to worship in peace.”

    This ranting, disguised as a protest, did not work in Arizona, so why should it do any better this time?

  2. Simon Peters

    November 23, 2015 at 3:38 am

    Extraordinary that in the US the intimidation of anyone, by armed men, is regarded as normal – in Europe their feet wouldn’t have touched the ground before they would have been in jail, and awaiting trial for their behaviour. That’s why America is in the mess it is with their lack of a coherent or intelligent policy of gun control. Amazing.

  3. Aelfy

    November 23, 2015 at 6:18 am

    Being ignorant of the difference between reality and fantasy, seems to be most common amongst these fools. America always appears to have good reasons to be the aggressor, when in fact they are just arrogant bullies……..btw this does not include the majority of Americans.

  4. Doy Bowers

    November 23, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    You’re absolutely right. Just look at how they “WET” their pants over a kid with a homemade “Science Fair” Clock!!!

  5. Doy Bowers

    November 23, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    I’ll guarantee you that these “Sitting Duck Hateriots” would fall apart at the seams if they ever had to actually face an “ISIS” Member!!!
    Just look at how they “WET” themselves over a kid with a homemade “Science Fair Clock”!!!

  6. kurgen99

    November 23, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Alienation, discrimination, fear, and intimidation are what lead to people becoming extremist.

  7. Tnj Sierra

    November 23, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    “homemade” — Seriously, have you seen that piece of crap that takes 5 seconds to make. Didn’t even attempt to make anything all all now he’s suing for $15 million.

    Stop being a sympathizer.

  8. Zane Barta

    November 25, 2015 at 8:28 am

    I wonder what would happen if armed Muslims appeared outside a Christian church and began intimidating church goers. Would the police just stand by?

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