The New York Times reports that protests against mosques are popping up all over the country, spurred on at least in part by the right-wing opposition to the “Ground Zero Mosque.”
So I guess this sort of thing should not come as a surprise:
About a dozen right-wing Christians, carrying placards and yelling “Islam is a lie,” angrily confronted worshippers outside a Fairfield Avenue mosque Friday.
“Jesus hates Muslims,” they screamed at worshippers arriving at the Masjid An-Noor mosque to prepare for the holy week of Ramadan. One protester shoved a placard at a group of young children leaving the mosque. “Murderers,” he shouted.
Police arrived on the scene to separate the groups, but said no arrests were made.
Flip Benham, of Dallas, Texas, organizer of the protest, was yelling at the worshipers with a bullhorn.
“This is a war in America and we are taking it to the mosques around the country,” he said.
Muslim leaders in Connecticut are concerned that such protests will only escalate as Ramadan approaches and are now seeking police protection.
As it turns out Benham and his Operation Save America have been protesting Islam and all other religions for years now. And until recently, OSA was a fringe group advocating an extremist right wing view.
Today, they are advocating that exact same view … only it has now become the mainstream conservative view.