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Dearborn Muslims protest: “We are victims twice — by Islamophobia and ISIS”

The above photo has apparently been making the rounds on the internet with the claim that it depicts pro-ISIS Muslims marching in Dearborn, Michigan. When I saw the photo my first reaction was ‘Are you f-ing kidding me? Why haven’t I heard about this before now?’ Soooooo, I did a little research. I came across sites debunking the above claim about the photo showing a pro-ISIS march in Dearborn and I also came across some sites reporting about an anti-ISIS rally in Dearborn (the anti-ISIS rally, BTW, only attracted, at most, a hundred Muslims out of a Dearborn Muslim population of over 30,000 – but that didn’t surprise me). I saw a comment on one website that stated the above photo appears to be that of an Ashura procession (see Questioning the wisdom behind Ashura processions) so I did a little more research. The pictures below are from a 2015 Ashura rally in Dearborn. When one compares the above photo with the photos below I think it’s pretty clear the above photo is NOT from a pro-ISIS march as is being claimed. This doesn’t mean Dearborn Muslims are innocent, not by any stretch of the imagination; this just means the above photo isn’t what some are claiming it to be.


From Jihad Watch
November 29, 2015 | By Robert Spencer


There are thousands of Muslims in Dearborn; why did only 100 show up for this? This is not the first time that attendance at a Muslim rally against terrorism has been decidedly underwhelming. Earlier this month, only 30 Muslims protested against the jihad massacres in Paris. In July 2015, a Muslim rally in Ireland against the Islamic State drew fifty people. In October 2014 in Houston, a rally against the Islamic State organized by the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) drew the grand total of ten people. In August 2013 in Boston, about 25 Muslims rallied against “misperceptions” that Islam was violent. About the same number showed up in June 2013 at a progressive Muslim rally in Toronto to claim that their religion had been “hijacked.”

And back in 2005, a group called the Free Muslims Coalition held what it dubbed a “Free Muslims March Against Terror,” intending to “send a message to the terrorists and extremists that their days are numbered … and to send a message to the people of the Middle East, the Muslim world and all people who seek freedom, democracy and peaceful coexistence that we support them.” In the run-up to the event it got enthusiastic national and international publicity, but it ended up drawing about twenty-five people.

Contrast those paltry showings to the thousands of Muslims who have turned out for rallies against cartoons of Muhammad or against Israel. Here are some headlines from the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo jihad massacre of Muhammad cartoonists in January 2015:

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One response to “Dearborn Muslims protest: “We are victims twice — by Islamophobia and ISIS”

  1. Pingback: Muslims playing the oppression card! | My views on Obama and Islam

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