An estimated 1,000 Muslims gathered recently at the Texas Capitol for their annual Texas Muslim Capitol Day. For the first time in the seven year history of the event, they were met by a group of angry protestors. In the video below, Christian activist Christine Weick wrests the microphone away from the Muslim speaker and says:
I proclaim the name of the Lord Jesus Christ over the Capitol of Texas. I stand against Islam and the false prophet Mohammed. Islam will never dominate the United States and by the grace of God, it will not dominate Texas.
The purpose of the event was stated on the website of the organizers, the Council on American-Islamic Relations:
Texas Muslim Capitol Day 2015 is an opportunity for community members to learn about the democratic political process and how to be an advocate for important issues.
The day’s activities were to consist of sessions on political activism in the mornings, and meetings with state representatives in the afternoon.
At least one state representative, freshman Republican Molly White of Belton, was not pleased. She left town, and posted this Facebook message:
Today is Texas Muslim Capital (sic) Day in Austin. The House is in recess until Monday. Most Members including myself are back in District. I did leave an Israeli flag on the reception desk in my office with instructions to staff to ask representatives of the Muslim community to renounce Islamic terrorist groups and publicly announce allegiance to American and our laws. We will see how long they stay in my office.
It was completely blown out of proportion. And I was quite shocked by it, but it is what it is, but when people know me, they know my heart. I’ve met with people all over the world. I’ve met Muslims, I’ve met Christians, I’ve met — I mean everybody. I always treat everybody with respect and listen, but if we have some things that are diabolically different then I need to let them know where I stand and they let me know where they stand.
In a statement later, Governor Greg Abbott said,
We must have civil, open debate of hotly contested issues in this state. Texas values are strong enough that we can have a civil discourse about issues like this.
Some of the protestors also shouted, “No Sharia law!” and one sign said, “Go home and take Obama with you.”