About 100 people gathered in south Lansing Saturday morning, some to march against Sharia and others to oppose the march, according to a Lansing State Journal report.
The two groups, separated by a makeshift divider police set up, stood in a grassy area in the 6200 block of South Pennsylvania Avenue, south of Miller Road, and held signs, waved flags and chanted “No hate. No fear. Muslims are welcome here.”
The March Against Sharia was one of nearly two dozen planned across the country. About two dozen people gathered to oppose Islamic law, and many were many carrying assault weapons and wearing military-style uniforms.
The Lansing Police Department had about a half dozen officers present, and blocked off part of South Pennsylvania Avenue for a short period of time around 10:30 a.m. as the counter-protesters made their way from Miller Road. Both sides had left the area by 12:30 p.m., with the counter protesters leaving first.
An event called “Wash Away the Hate in Michigan” was held later Saturday at the state Capitol Building in downtown Lansing. It was organized by the Islamic Society of Greater Lansing and several other groups that washed the Capitol steps and surrounding area with water and mops and sponges as a symbolic gesture, according to the report, to wash away hate from the morning rally on Lansing’s south side.
ACT for America – designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group – organized the nearly two dozen rallies against Islamic law that took place across the country. It describes itself as a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots national security organization.