Groups such ACT for America, the organizer of anti-Muslim protests in more than two dozen cities in June of 2017, and, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the largest grassroots anti-Muslim group in America, states on its website that “Sharia is incompatible with Western democracy and the freedoms it affords.” It promotes the idea that Islamic principles don’t fit with American values. This and other groups also make the unfounded claim that American Muslims are trying to sneak Sharia into the American legal system in ways that are counter to American legal principles or beliefs. Because many Americans think of Sharia as an Islamic legal system characterized by misogyny, intolerance, and harsh punishments, such claims are often taken very seriously by those who know little about Muslims and their faith.

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