Friday, the traditional Muslim day of prayer, at the Capital Mall in Washington, DC, there was a Muslim Prayer Day.
It was controversial because one of the organizers is reported not to exactly adore American traditions.
They expected thousands upon thousands.
And didn’t get them. According to the Washington Post, there were about 3,000 attending.
“We wanted to bring people out to show you don’t need to fear America,” said Imam Ali Jaaber of Dar-ul-Islam mosque in Elizabeth N.J., the service’s main organizer. At the same time, he said, he wanted to remind non-Muslims that “we are decent Muslims. We work; we pay taxes. We are Muslims who truly love this country.”
This same Imam asked the Christian protestors to tone it down because Friday is sacred.
Free speech is also sacred.
Interestingly, I failed to notice women in the news coverage.