Houston ‘Stand with the Prophet’ Protesters Cite Free Speech Concerns

A man protests an Islamic Rally in Houston.
Breitbart Texas/Lana Shadwick

HOUSTON, Texas – Christine Weick was in Houston with others protesting the Stand with the Prophet event on Sunday. Weick told Breitbart Texas “churches need to wake up, and America needs to wake up.” She and the other protestors were fearful that unless something changes “[America] is going to be in big trouble.” The overwhelming feeling was a fear about the Islamization of America. Weick was ejected by security from the National Cathedral in mid-November for proclaiming her Christian faith during the first Islamic prayer held in the National Cathedral. She and the over a hundred demonstrators at the Houston protest were angry about what they saw as an orchestrated effort by Muslims to infiltrate America with their religion, and with Sharia Law.

The overwhelming concern was the fear that the true intent of Muslims is to penetrate American and subvert its inhabitants to Islam. The Facebook event page for the protest stated “THIS is part of the ‘Take Over Plan.’ We MUST not let this just happen!!!”

Protestors said they wanted to bring attention to what they said was the attempt to silence free speech rights, and to label all discussions about Muslims, and events involving Muslims and Muslim terrorists, as “Islamophobic.” Like the thousand protestors who attended a protest in Garland, Texas the day before, the demonstrators outside the Crown Plaza hotel in Houston were offended at what they viewed as an attempt by Muslim Americans to “market” and control the rhetoric. One protestor told Breitbart Texas – “It is not Islamophobic, it is Islam-Reality.”

The folks gathered were dubious of event organizer claims of the religon’s peaceful and loving intent and were outraged that the keynote speaker was Imam Siraj Wahhaj. Siraj Wahhaj has been linked to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing as an unindicted co-conspirator.

Kevin Williams said he “was protesting the conference on radical Islam because these conference organizers are flying in from Chicago, with a clear agenda to deceive Texans into accepting Islam as ‘a religion of Peace,’ something it is not, never was, never will be. ‘Taqiyya’ is their word – to justify lying to advance Islam. They may think it is okay, but here in America, it is not!”

Pat Blair of Cypress, said:

“The purpose of the Muslim Brotherhood ‘Stand with the Prophet” conference is to encourage Houston-area Muslims to intimidate patriotic Americans into silence by using derogatory accusations and name-calling. They teach attendees to label everyone who tells the truth about Islam as an ‘Islamophobe’ and to treat criticism or discussion of historical facts about Islam as ‘Islamophobia.’”

“The stated mission of the Muslim Brotherhood in America is the ‘Enablement [sic] of Islam in North America, meaning: establishing an effective and a stable Islamic Movement led by the Muslim Brotherhood which adopts Muslims’ causes domestically and globally, and which works to expand the observant Muslim base, aims at unifying and directing Muslims’ efforts, presents Islam as a civilization alternative, and supports the global Islamic State wherever it is.’ Patriotic Americans must speak up against these subversive, seditious domestic enemies who are trying to cow us into silent submission to their unconstitutional religious government.”

Khristi Carter, one of the organizers of the event said “There’s no such thing as ‘Islamaphobia.’ A phobia is an irrational fear. Is it irrational to fear beheading? Female genital mutilation? Or suicide bombers?”  Carter continued, “We have a constitution. We don’t need or want Sharia Law in Texas, and we oppose the Islamization of our schools.” She asked “Why are radical Islamists speaking at the conference? When speakers have strong ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, all Texans should be alarmed.”

Col. Stan Horton told Breitbart Texas:

“I am a retired U.S. Marine (Naval Aviator) and a Vietnam Veteran who refuses to be blinded by an Islamic camouflage attempt, of having my vision blurred by the Muslim created word known as ‘Islamophobia.’ We have thousands of wounded warriors here in Texas and all over the country. Men and women who did not lose a body part from ‘Islamophobia’ but from ‘Islamofanaticism.’ Actual Muslims caused their massive injuries and not a redefined fabrication, dreamed up, to alter these painful realities.”

“If one carries this idea of theirs to any length, it can also suggest that we may have caused our own terrorist acts by committing this ‘sin’ of being ‘Islamophobic.’ Therefore, I will stand with other veterans in opposition to any of these Islamic activities which are devised only to cover over what the French have painfully learned this past week, or the eight-year-old boy at the Boston Marathon in 2013 – was he too murdered by ‘Islamophobia?’”

“I leave you with the permanent thought that stuck with me, the day following the loss of 3000 fellow Americans. Everything I ever cared to know about Islam, was taught to me by Muslims on 9-11-2001. God Bless our wounded warriors and our right of freedom of speech.”

Buddy Smith said “Basically for me the idea is to stop the impending on my freedoms. I don’t like that foreigners come here and try to change our laws and traditions to suit them. I think if they don’t like bacon just don’t eat it, and leave me alone about it. Instead, they want to ban it for everybody and that’s just one example. I can’t get that anything Christian-related is banned from all school and government, but Islam is free to do whatever. Basically if they can’t conform to our ways, they don’t belong here.”

Liz Theiss told Breitbart Texas that “Protesters are concerned about the nature of the Seerah Conference which are tagging dissenters of Sharia Law as ‘Islamophobes.’ We believe the mission of the Seerah conference is to forward an aggressive agenda antithetical to First Amendment rights in the West. It is speculated that restrictions on free speech critical of Islam may be carried out through the Office of Islamic Conference in the United Nations.”

Eric Story said “Islamophobia would be properly defined as fear of Islam. I have no fear of Islam. The fear is on the side of Islamists. They are fearful because many of us now know the truth and are prepared to do what is necessary to protect ourselves and our Nation. The truth and knowledge we now have has placed the shoe on the other foot.  It is Islam that has reason to fear, not us.”

Lana Shadwick is a contributing writer and legal analyst for Breitbart Texas. Follow her on Twitter @LanaShadwick2.


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