Muslim day at Oklahoma Capitol hit by anti-Islamic protests

An anti-Muslim protester chants Friday on the south steps of the State Capitol building. M. Scott Carter Oklahoma Watch

(Reuters) – A rally by hundreds of American Muslims at the Oklahoma Capitol on Friday to promote religious tolerance was interrupted by anti-Islamic protesters holding signs proclaiming the United States a Christian nation.

While an American Muslim girl sang the “Star Spangled Banner” inside the statehouse in Oklahoma City, about two dozen anti-Islamic protesters outside hurled insults at the group, mostly students, as they visited the Capitol to speak with lawmakers. There were no reports of violence.

“If they had a sword, they’d cut your head off,” protesters shouted. Some carried signs saying “Islam equals Death.”

Anti-Islamic protesters also disrupted a similar rally about a month ago in Texas.

The protest in Oklahoma comes about two weeks after a gunman shot dead three young Muslims near the University of North Carolina, riling Muslim activists who have demanded that U.S. state and federal authorities investigate the detained suspect for possible hate crimes…