Time to hand out “participation trophies.”Muslim groups nationwide organized a rally at the National Mall in Washington D.C. on July 23rd. Over 100,000 were expected to attend for Muslims against ISIS (thought according to Al Jazeera, the rally also had anti-Trump elements).
In advance of the rally, Al Jazeera reported that: A group of American Muslims, joined by interfaith leaders, have launched an initiative to get thousands of Americans to take part in a march in Washington DC on July 23, in what they call a stand against bigotry, “extremism”, and gun violence.
The American Muslim March will take place at the National Mall – home to various large-scale historical gatherings – to also condemn “terrorism” and vocally eschew the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS), organizers said.
Rally sponsors include more than 20 organizations representing the three monotheistic regions, as well as the Buddhist, Sikh, Hindu, and Bahai communities. The initiative comes at a time when anti-Muslim sentiment is high, in part driven by the rhetoric of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has called for the banning of foreign Muslims from the United States.Some Muslim groups have been more vocal about terrorism, gun violence and Islamophobia, since a married couple, inspired by ISIL ideology, killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California.
“We were motivated to take action after San Bernardino,” said Khaled al-Mufti, a member of the rally organizing committee. “We wanted to denounce ISIS as an ideology that claims to be representative of Islam, but it’s not. That’s not the religion we practice. We want to make it loud and clear to all the world: This is not Islam.”
So how many Muslims showed up to send a message to the world that ISIS doesn’t represent them? Tens of…tens of… people.FOX 5 reported on the day: Despite the sweltering heat Saturday, dozens of people attended a Muslim peace rally on the National Mall to oppose terrorism, hate and violence. Here are some photos from the rally:
It was such a dismal turnout that it’s actually a smaller number than the 200+ Americans who’ve attempted (successfully or not) to leave the country to fight for ISIS.
Maybe it was just the weather…
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]