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Burbank man protests outside Islamic Center in West Richland (w/video)

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This misguided 28 year old man, Michael Harmon, clearly hasn’t read the Quran, in fact he seems to be spewing the same talking points as Spencer and Geller. My guess is we’re going to see a lot more Michael Harmon types ever since this most recent flurry of negative portrayal of Islam and Muslims in the media.

By Geoff Folsom Tri-City Herald

A Burbank man protested Monday evening outside a West Richland mosque, holding a sign that read “death to Islam” on one side and “Islam is evil” on the other.

Michael Harmon, 28, of Burbank, also had a sign reading “Terrorists” on the side of his car, with a blue arrow pointing toward the Islamic Center of Tri-Cities on Bombing Range Road. Harmon said he served as a specialist in the Army and was in Afghanistan.

“You’ve got the Taliban, al-Qaida, ISIS — they all follow the Quran,” Harmon told the Herald, referring to the Islamic State group by one of its acronyms. “The Quran itself is evil. It states there in black and white they want to kill us.”

Ousman Kinteh, an official with the Islamic center who didn’t see the protest, said the facility’s imam, or religious leader, was concerned because a class for young children was planned Monday evening.

“I would have called the police … if I saw him outside doing that,” Kinteh said.

Harmon said he wasn’t protesting specifically against the Islamic center. He only recently learned there was a mosque in the Tri-Cities.

“It just blew my mind,” he said. “I would expect to see that in Seattle, but not here.”

There might be peaceful Muslims, but they are not fully following the Quran, Harmon said.

Harmon said he contacted West Richland police to make sure it was OK for him to carry a concealed weapon while he protested.

Harmon was allowed to carry his gun in a holster and protest, but police made sure he knew he couldn’t walk into the street or cause a disruption, said Sgt. Duane Olsen.

“He’s got his First Amendment rights, like anybody else,” Olsen said.

Harmon said he heard from several passersby — some supportive, some opposing his views. He said he got in to one verbal confrontation with a Navy veteran who told him that Muslims are good people.

“I just wish everybody would be more supportive of the troops and realize this is still going on,” Harmon said.

Olsen received two calls complaining about Harmon’s protest. He said one caller was cordial and the other hung up after being told that police couldn’t arrest Harmon for a hate crime.

“I explained to him that he wasn’t committing a crime,” Olsen said. “He was emphatic that he was.”

Harmon, who protested for about an hour Monday, said he might return to protest Tuesday and that he plans to picket other Tri-City Islamic facilities.

Harmon is a “lone wolf” in his views, Kinteh said.

Kinteh questioned why Harmon did not protest at Sunday’s Mid-Columbia Interfaith Peace Walk. The seven-mile walk, which started at the mosque, welcomed people from different religions.

Harmon said he was unaware of the march.

“I visited their Facebook page, and I did not see that,” he said.

— Geoff Folsom: 509-582-1543; gfolsom@tricityherald.com

Editor’s note: Updated to include Harmon’s branch of service and rank.

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  • 1DrM

    Already answered this distraction elsewhere, idiot. Lets cut to the chase : you don’t care about ISIS aka Al-CIA 2.0, if you did you’d be posing your question to those who armed and trained them to disintegrate Iraq and Syria, the US! But thanks for peddling an anti-Islamic website anyway, shows your true nature, pro-terrorist hypocrite.

  • Sam Seed

    Yes really now go lay an egg!

  • Sam Seed

    “Actually, most Muslims don’t know about their religion, or if they do, they choose to ignore most of it”.

    What an silly thing to say, I am a Muslim and to be a Muslim you follow the 5 pillars: Declaration of Faith, Prayer, Charity, Fasting, Hajj.

    You have clearly demonstrated that you do not even know about the basics of Islam and then come here like an arrogant fool telling us how we have got it wrong.

    “Jihad is the way to heaven in this religion–the ONLY way”. Oddly(!), Jihad is not one of the 5 tenets, so go and suck on a lemon.

  • Sam Seed

    They’ve jumped ship to UKIP.

  • Reynardine

    Please be more explicit. These guys don’t get anything subtle.

  • nadiasindi

    Here is an example of what Arab/Muslims Americans are being persecuted by the criminal Officials of Oregon!!

    Oregon’s former A.G.Frohnmayer is preventing me getting employed, made me homeless! Put a lien fully paid Condo, and sold it!

    http://private-person.com/blog/2014/05/us-supreme-court-rules-government-officers-liable/

    He is charging $550.00 an hour and his law firm Harrang is the D.A. of Lane County, City Attorney and the U of Oregon too!!

    Frohnmayer’s committed more fraudulent crimes,forgery than any elected/nonelected official! And noone is holding him accountable!

    http://www.uomatters.com/2011/12/why-dave-frohnmayer-is-not-acceptable.html

    http://www.uomatters.com/tag/frohnmayer-salary-and-perks

    http://www.uomatters.com/2010/05/frohnmayer-speaks.html

    http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21195-reputation_for_rent.html

    http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1310&dat=19900215&id=sUNWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=huoDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6655,3369919

    Frohnmayer against Smith “Peyote Persecution Shows Societal Racism!

    http://www.oyez.org/cases/1980-1989/1989/1989_88_1213

    Please sign both petitions.

    https://www.change.org/petitions/a-g-eric-holder-sent-jeff-merkley-gov-john-kitzhaber-investigate-abuse-of-power-and-criminal-forgery-by-former-oregon-a-g-david-frohnmayer-and-lane-county-government#share

    And this one with Causes too. Thanks!

    https://www.causes.com/posts/899197

  • The greenmantle

    Its all very very sad ………………………………………………………….NOT

    Sir David

  • Reynardine

    …..

  • Tanveer ¯_(ã?„)_/¯ Khan

    He’s the Grand Mufti of Buffoonistan.

  • Tanveer ¯_(ã?„)_/¯ Khan

    Don’t try to teach us our religion you pretentious buffoon.

  • http://Aayjay.wordpress.com/ Aayjay

    Are you really here to learn an honest answer to “have Muslims here read the Quran?” or are you just another propagandist?

  • http://Aayjay.wordpress.com/ Aayjay

    Another child that should have been taught love and respect by his parents and another military man misused by his country to fight an unnecessary war.

  • Iman

    Everybody in the world now knows about Islam . It seems that America’s wars has a bright side . I wonder how the next war is going to be beneficial for Islam. I salute the guy who was debating the protester.

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    Yeah this moron hasn’t read the Quran or he wouldn’t be doing or saying these idiotic things. Most Muslims know a lot more about their religion than some half-wit Islamophobe who thinks he’s in some Crusade against Islam.

  • Julieann Wozniak

    My Uncle, George Brozik, was an Army sergeant in the Pacific Theatre during WWII, captured by the Japanese and escaped. He would’ve eaten this stupid little punk for lunch and picked his teeth with his stupid quasi-literate sign. We have very sharp elbows in the coal patch and don’t suffer assholes with anything like patience. I’m still trying to find time to take Arabic lessons at the Islamic Center in Morgantown; I want to read my bi-lingual Qur’an in the original.

    I love the big guy who challenged him. Ooorah!

  • Anonymous

  • Tighe McCandless

    LoonWatch,

    Wasn’t sure where to put this as a link, but the BBC confirmed today that Nick Griffin just got the official boot from the BNP:

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-29453341

  • mindy1

    I’m willing to bet the closest thing he saw to being an infantryman was watching Restrepo on netfix

  • Awesome

    The proper response to a disagreeable protest is a counter-protest.

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