“Hate Comes to Orange County”
On February 13th, the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) hosted an evening banquet in Yorba Linda, Orange County, CA. This event would speak about the importance of charity in Islam, helping to raise money for women’s shelters, and relieve homelessness and hunger in the U.S.
Right-wing groups such as the Tea Party and “Act for America” protested the event, screaming ridiculous anti-Muslim things. This local blog describes the protestors as simply “passionate.” I think that’s a euphemism for ignorant and shameful white supremacist Amerikkkan. ICNA reports on this event and protest on their site. Ugh, hearing such xenophobic and ignorant remarks for five minutes was painful. One has to wonder, what is the extent of Islamophobia in the United States?
One ICNA banquet attendee, Adel Syed told reporters:
I’m being told to go back home. I’m actually from Fullerton [CA], so I don’t know where back home is for me.