US civil rights groups worry anti-Muslim sentiment is fueling right-wing extremism

US civil rights groups worry anti-Muslim sentiment is fueling right-wing extremismABC News ^ | June 12, 2017 | Michael Edison Hayden Posted on 6/18/2017, 11:29:26 PM by 2ndDivisionVetCivil rights groups are expressing concern that a wave of anti-Muslim sentiment is fueling the growth of right wing extremism across the United States, citing dozens of anti-Sharia demonstrations across the U.S. this weekend and an ongoing uptick in online recruitment.Police in Seattle and St. Paul, Minnesota, made arrests after fighting broke out during a series of marches across the U.S. on Saturday against Sharia, a strict form of Islamic law. The marches, launched by ACT for America, a self-described non-profit national security organization, is run by vocal supporters of President Donald Trump.Ibrahim Hooper, the National Communications Director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), told ABC News in a recent interview that the anti-Sharia rallies were being used by some neo-Nazi and white power groups to recruit new members.”What we are seeing in America right now is the mainstreaming of hate,” Hooper said.

“Extremists feel empowered now because they think that they have the president on their side.”Neo-nazis seeking a larger audience through IslamophobiaHooper cited a June 6 article published by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a nonprofit legal advocacy organization, as an example of what he sees as a growing issue: neo-nazi and far-right extremists finding a larger audience though Islamaphobia shared by some Trump supporters.The SPLC article notes that Billy Roper, who the group describes as a neo-Nazi, organized a Batesville, Arkansas rally for “March Against Sharia,” before controversy led it to be canceled by ACT for America…..

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