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Montana: One-man Protest With Rifle Outside Montana Mosque | Great Falls, Montana

(h/t: Frank S.)

By Jennifer Cruz,

A one-man protest Monday outside of a mosque in Bozeman, Montana, led to a brief lockdown at a nearby school until police determined the protester wasn’t a threat.

The protester, who was not shy about showing his face but did not want to he identified, showed up at the Islamic Center of Bozeman that morning carrying an American flag with a rifle slung over his shoulder.

“I’m responding to the message of hate that’s being shown here,” he told reporters.

But the gun the protester was carrying prompted a response from the police department. Authorities said the man was compliant and, although he wasn’t breaking any laws by doing so, agreed to put his rifle away.

He continued the protest while carrying an American flag and by the afternoon, a counter-protester, Andy Boyd, could also be found outside of the place of worship. Boyd said he was there to show support for the country’s religious freedom, a right which he said the nation was founded upon.

Then, a little later, a woman who said she was a Muslim, walked out to the snow-covered sidewalk and offered the protester a cup of coffee. The woman said the protester had every right to do what he was doing and there was no reason for them to fear one another. But the woman said she was glad to see the man put the rifle away, citing the close proximity to the school, which she said made people nervous.

The woman said there has been Muslims in the Bozeman area since the 70’s and there has never before been a problem.

“Most of us just want a place to pray in peace,” she said.

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    • Toto

      The holy and pure Prophet Muhammad-e-Mustafa (SAW) is the most courageous, brave, kind, and glorious man ever. Whatever the holy and pure Prophet (SAW) does is good, kind, beautiful and glorious, however, those who do not know should not speculate.

    • 786 Based on His (sawa) behavior in similar situations, giving coffee to the protester is quite probably what the Prophet (sawa) would have done. If you think you’re better, go right ahead and criticize that move. I have no intention of doing so.

    • Toller

      Good article

    • JD

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    • Joey Sanders

      The definition of white privilege:

      White privilege is a term for societal privileges that benefit people identified as white in Western countries, beyond what is commonly experienced by non-white people under the same social, political, or economic circumstances.

      Everyone knows that if a Muslim protester showed up to a synagogue or church armed and waving an American flag, he or she may not survive the police encounter.

      Also, don’t offer the douchebag a cup of coffee. Act like Americans. Show up with your guns and counter protest the guy. We all have the same rights.

      This loser would never have the guts to do this in a place that does not have the overwhelmingly white population of Bozeman. It’s over 95%. Go do this in a place with a large and vibrant Muslim community. There will be enough of us not to offer you some coffee.

      Top ten reasons not to move to Bozeman:

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