RICHARDSON (CBS11) – Mosques throughout North Texas are gearing up for what could be massive protests this weekend.READ MORE: Materials Shortage Affecting Major Infrastructure Projects In North Texas
This is after a Facebook group is calling for “patriots” to stand up against Islam. Now the FBI and Homeland Security are involved with the effort to keep everyone safe.
A Facebook group called, “Global Rally for Humanity” says their instructions are simple: hold protests “in every country at every Mosque” – in some cases, by bearing arms. It says the idea is for “patriots” to protest Islam. So at the Islamic Association of North Texas, they are prepared for the worst.
“If it’s anything like what’s happened in the past they’ll chant all sorts of offensive and insulting statements as part of their expression of freedom of speech, ” says Imam Shpendim Nadzaku of the Islamic Association of North Texas.
The Mosque is one of the ones targeted by the Facebook group. Nadzaku says, as Americans, they cherish American values – including freedom of speech.READ MORE: Robust Mosquito Season Predicted For North Texas
“We would just hope that, if anything, it would be in a sensible manner that if people there would act very civic-like, and there’s no need to pull out guns and things of that sort in the sense of wanting to communicate,” says Nadzaku.
He is asking his congregation not to engage with protestors so as not to provoke them. They’ll stay in close contact with law enforcement and will have an extra police and security presence. Some Muslims we spoke to say they won’t be intimidated.
“It should push people to get together to discuss things and work their differences and their issues, if there are any,” says Aissa Boudjenah. “People should talk about these things.”
But others, such as a group of mothers, say they will err on the side of caution and stay home.
“All of my friends, we go to pray every Friday, but this weekend we cancelled that because we heard a lot of stuff,” says Fatima Abusaab. “We hope and we pray everything should be fine this weekend.”MORE NEWS: Juneteenth Being Celebrated At Various Events Throughout North Texas Saturday
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