On Thursday, around 100 protesters assembled outside the White House to counter-demonstrate against a planned pro-Sharia rally by radical British Muslim cleric Anjem Choudary. After Choudary cancelled at the eleventh hour, Frank Gaffney, Jr., president of the American Center for Security Policy, led the protesters in a bullhorn denunciation of Choudary. According to Gaffney:

"Sharia is the theopolitical, military legal program that those that adhere to it seek to impose it on all of us. As they say: 'by stealth, where necessary, by violence, when practical.' We believe that this is a moment where it is imperative that the American people understand what peril this represents."

Pastor Terry Jones of "I almost burned a Koran" fame, was on hand to promote his new scheme, putting the Koran on trial on March 20, which he's declared "International Judge The Koran Day," inviting "Moslems" to come forward and prove that the Koran is a book of peace. Because, after all, the onus is on followers of Islam to prove themselves to the lunatic fringe, right? The man who repeatedly chants "USA!""USA!," as well as Jones, appears to be a fan of The Terminator, which is ironic when you juxtapose Arnold Schwarzenegger's political career with the xenophobic stirrings on display here.

As the rally was coming to an end, a Muslim man put knees and head to the ground in prayer, to the scorn of Christian onlookers who also dropped tiny crosses next to him, as if they were mockingly paying off a street performer with small change. A woman who said she had spent the last four years in the Middle East explained to protesters that, while they were harassing him, the man had been praying blessings upon their families in Arabic. I'm just glad this isn't a microcosm of broader America.

Commentarium (20 Comments)

Mar 05 11 - 2:03pm
meme434

What is up with the fur coat?

Mar 05 11 - 2:52pm
Nealus

Holy shit this is scary.

Mar 05 11 - 2:55pm
Nealus

Really wish they would leave Israel out of this whole shit show.

Mar 05 11 - 3:25pm
jr

This is "The God Delusion" in video form.

Mar 05 11 - 4:46pm
mb

So is Nerve just outright anti-Christian now? This might be outrageous, but there are a myriad of stories to get your outrage on about (assuming that's the criteria for choosing these stories: catchy news tidbits to preach at the choir). It's one thing to post anti-Christian stories when you're conflating them with the pro-life cause, but this isn't even nominally related to sex and dating. I can only assume the appeal of this is for people to feel self-righteous and indignant and glad that they're "not like them."

Mar 06 11 - 12:56am
jr

Wow, you're a little sensitive, eh? Seems more like Nerve is taking the anti-wacko stance. Although, there's nothing wrong with being anti-religious at all. It's not like atheists are forcing you to stop believing in fairy tales.

Mar 05 11 - 5:14pm
Luc T.

These Christians scare me more then anything.

Anyways you should watch this: http://www.ted.co/talk/lesley_hazelton_on_reading_the_koran.html
I should note that speaker is Jewish if that changes anything, which it shouldn't.

Mar 05 11 - 5:28pm
Ryan

@mb
I agree with you 100%. I cam here to learn about dicks and vaginas, not participate in another liberal circle jerk. And I say this as a libertarian atheist who's disgusted by these people.

Mar 05 11 - 10:53pm
A Theist

What part of The First Amendment do these people, on either side, not understand?

Mar 05 11 - 11:46pm
Steve

I think Nerve is anti-extremist in any way. Muslim, Christian, Jewish, whatever.

Mar 06 11 - 5:42am
anon2

...but mostly anti-christian.

Mar 06 11 - 3:21pm
jr

Even if that was the case, do you wonder why?

Mar 06 11 - 1:38am
mb

The point is picking people with extreme (and inarticulately expressed) opinions to mock or feel faux-outraged about is self congratulatory — particularly when the people frequently picked are uneducated, religious or rural a.k.a. different from the average nerve reader.

Mar 06 11 - 3:20pm
jr

You just described the Republican 2012 presidential contenders.

Mar 07 11 - 2:09am
Mike Huckabee

Except for me!

Mar 07 11 - 3:43am
jr

Oh, Mike...just stop pretending to be a birther!

Mar 06 11 - 6:16pm
ML

The same part of the First Amendment you don't understand, A Theist. The First Amendment prevents the Government from suppressing protected speech by individuals or groups. It does not protect any of the rhetoric on this comment section nor does it obligate Christians or Muslims to tolerate one another (though it would be kind of awesome if it did). That being said, I agree that Nerve is anti-Christian (I'm not Christian). I think it has less to do with a political agenda, and more to do with a group of writers who are sloughing off familial and societal notions of morality through Christianity. They probably get a little rush when they post something anti-Christian or they they feel a little thrill that THEY aren't delusional like the people depicted in these new stories. However, it is funny that they adhere to the same kind dogmatism they claim to reject. There is a transparent group of inviolable principles that the Nerve staffers all seem to hold, and the contributions to this site only deviate from those principles when they are being presented for mockery.

Mar 07 11 - 12:16am
mb

Well put.

Mar 07 11 - 4:13pm
Twolane

So then, what's up with you heathens?

Mar 07 11 - 9:13pm
Sam

Wow. Just, wow.