Anti-Muslim rally fails; hundreds show support for Islamberg
Julia Reischel is reporting at the Watershed Post a planned motorcycle protest against Islamberg, an African-American Sufi Muslim community in the Catskills, backfired on its organizers this weekend. When protesters showed, they were vastly outnumbered by hundreds of cheering Islamberg supporters, who gathered to defend the Delaware County community from charges that it is an “Islamic jihad training camp.” American Bikers United Against Jihad planned to take a “Ride for National Security” past the community’s entrance and the “Islamberg” sign that flanks it on Sun., May 15. The purpose of the ride, according to the group's website and Facebook event, was to call on the U.S. State Department to designate Islamberg and its parent organization, The Muslims of America, “an international terrorist organization.” The bikers told the state police to expect 70 riders, but only five motorcyclists and eight other vehicles materialized. Approximately 200 to 300 pro-Islamberg protestors showed and lined both sides of Roods Creek Road in the town of Tompkins. An Islamberg spokesman said the hundreds of people who arrived to support the residents were making history for the small, once isolated community. "We never had the opportunity to reach out to our neighbors like this. There have never been this many guests in Islamberg,” he said. Read the full story at Watershed Post.