Meanwhile, in Texas, assault rifle-wielding protesters held a completely legal demonstration outside a mosque

Bethan McKernan@mck_beth
Thursday 26 November 2015 13:00
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As the tragedy of the Isis terror attacks on Paris unfolded, many people were already bracing themselves for the inevitable backlash against ordinary Muslims in the wake of the jihadist attacks.

In the UK, hate crime against Muslims has soared by 300 per cent since the Isis attack that left 130 dead.

Many far-right groups in the West have gleefully seized the fresh opportunity to stir up Islamophobic sentiment by giving incendiary speeches, storming peaceful vigils, and holding rallies aimed at people who have nothing to do with terrorism or the bloody jihadist insurgency in Syria and northern Iraq.

In Irving, Texas, the town that recently accused schoolboy Ahmed Mohamed of bringing a homemade bomb to school, around 15 people from a group calling itself the Bureau on American Islamic Relations doxxed members of a local mosque and staged an armed protest outside on Saturday, bearing signs that read 'stop the Islamization of America'.

One of the camo-wearing, gun-toting protestors told local news:

It's a boiling pot. The top on this kettle is on really, really tight, and it is going to blow. I may look like their version of a racist, but I'm not... I just don't want them to push their beliefs down my throat.

The group's leader David Wright told the Dallas Morning News that he decided on the action because Muslims in Irving had "threatened to kill the mayor", a claim that local news found was unsubstantiated.

He said that the names and addresses of some members of the mosque had been released because they "stood up for Sharia tribunal" by asking Irving City Council not to support the "American Laws for American Courts" bill, an idea proposed by mayor Beth Van Duyne, who has been accused of Islamophobia.

The group staged the armed protest, Wright said, as a show of strength:

[The guns were] mostly for self-defence or protection. But I'm not going to lie. We do want to show force. We're not sitting ducks.

Police were present after being alerted to the protest by concerned community members, but since there are open cary laws in place for shotguns and rifles in Texas, the group's actions were completely legal.

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