Dueling protests on Sharia law held in Santa Clara

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Demonstrators at small but raucous gatherings around the country Saturday raised the specter that extremist interpretations of Islamic law might somehow spread across the USA, but numerous rallies drew even more boisterous counter-protests by people who called such fears unfounded.

Demonstrators at small but raucous gatherings around the country Saturday raised the specter that extremist interpretations of Islamic law might somehow spread across the US, but numerous rallies drew even more boisterous counter-protests by people who called such fears unfounded.

We The People Rising member and right-wing journalist Arthur Schaper, right, being confronted by an Anti-Trump counter protester during an Anti-Sharia law rally near the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino on June 10, 2017. Later, they chanted, "No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA" at the anti-Sharia crowd.

Citizens around the country banded together Saturday for a nationwide anti-Sharia law protest which ended in fighting and multiple arrests.

Protesters at the rally say Sharia law impedes on American laws and encourages practices like genital mutilation and child marriage. "Many aspects of Sharia law run contrary to basic human rights and are completely incompatible with our laws and our democratic values".

A Facebook event organizing the March Against Sharia Law said, "If you stand for human rights, please join us to march against Sharia".

Heather Frederick said she came to stand up against hatred toward the "most vulnerable people in our communities", like Muslims.

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But Islamic scholars say sharia law does not include those things and is instead a way of life as outlined in various religious texts. "There are Muslim women like me who live in America, and I'm as western as they come". Saturday was the largest protests against Islam it has ever put on.

Earlier in the day, the anti-Sharia group rallied at City Hall Plaza while a much larger group gathered nearby, with the two groups separated by police, he said. Sign-toting activists periodically walked across the street to infiltrate the other side for a while, but police kept them on the sidewalks and out of the lanes of traffic.

The rally began around 10 am and saw heated moments between Anti-Sharia law proponents and Anti-Trump counter protesters.

So far, there are anti-Sharia marches planned for 29 USA cities on Saturday, including Austin, Chicago, New York City and Boston, according to organizers.

A visibly-agitated man shouted at a female counter-protester with short hair that she looked like a "boy". It's an organization the Southern Poverty Law Center classifies as an anti-Muslim hate group.

Sharia Law, which has seen an upsurge in implementation across Islamic communities in recent years, is the strictest form of Islamic Law.

It said anti-sharia organizers were actually "against all Muslims" and were creating a climate in which extremists felt emboldened to carry out attacks on Muslims.

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