Turkey marks the 558th anniversary of the conquest of Constantinople (in 2011). Source.
In the United States, mosques have become common gathering sites for two disparate groups – Muslim worshippers, and anti-Muslim hatemongers. On May 29, the two converged in Phoenix, Arizona, in front of the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix.
In a nation where 58 percent of the population has never met a Muslim, and more specifically, a state that boasts the Minutemen, armed xenophobic militias, and a robust history of anti-black racism – “Arizonan Islamophobia” is an especially frightening breed. An estimated 500 anti-Muslim protesters descended in front of the Islamic Community Center, some armed with guns, clad in army fatigues, lifting signs that read: “Stop Islam”, and donning shirts reading “F**k Islam”.
Behind a backdrop of the mosque’s minaret and Muslim counterprotesters, the anti-Muslim rally promised to “take back America”. The firearms the demonstrators openly brandished, combined with the signs and slurs they fired in the direction of the Muslim American counterprotesters, made that promise seem far more like a threat…
Perhaps Al Jazeera doesn’t realize that people read the foreign news and see alarming photos of men dressed in Ottoman costumes (see photo above) wildly celebrating the conquest of Constantinople. They just got finished celebrating the 562nd anniversary.
This includes people who want to turn Hagia Sophia from a museum back into a mosque.
This is what Islam is like and this is why people dislike it.