At a time when anti-Islamic sentiment is on the rise in the country, a group of armed demonstrators stood outside a mosque to protest the alleged Islamization of the United States.
The venue of the protest was Texas' Islamic Center of Irving, which is rumored to have been running Sharia courts.
The town of Irving made international headlines earlier in September when a 14-year-old Muslim teenager Ahmed Mohamed was arrested for bringing a clock to his school, which his teacher mistook as a bomb.
The gun-toting “activists” referred to themselves as Bureau of American Islamic Relations, or BAIR, and tried to justify the possession of weapons with self-defense.
The participants of the rally were carrying American flags and signs, one of which read "Stop the Islamization of America," while another, with arrows pointing at armed protesters dressed in military clothes and face masks, said, "The solution to Islamic terrorism."
The Islamic Center of Irving was informed by police in advance of the rally and urged them to stay clear of the group to avoid any untoward situation. The mosque on their website has already denied the media speculation of running a Sharia court.
Despite the fact that police warned the Islamic center, it’s disturbing how people with guns are allowed to issue threats outside a place of worship where children also come to pray.
A 20 year old protestor who didn't want to be identified because he's enlisting in the military geeks out on his gun pic.twitter.com/2tcSmK6G5b— Avi Selk (@aviselk) November 21, 2015
Surprise surpise, Irving Texas has some fine "Totally Not Racist" anti-Islam protest going on outside a mosque, complete with rifles.— MashedParktatos (@ParkerSpears) November 22, 2015
The incident comes a few days after a mosque was vandalized in Pflugerville in Texas in the wake of terror attacks in Paris. Also, a man in Fort Bend County was arrested over accusation of making a terroristic threat on social media that he was going to "shoot up a mosque."
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