By Michelle Boorstein
The angry shout-fest that was expected to happen at 1 p.m. in front of the White House over Islamic law was cancelled.
Anjem Choudary, a British Muslim who is largely known to American viewers via Fox News, had said he was planning to bring ralliers to DC today to push for the U.S. government to be governed by Islamic law. But he cancelled (was it ever REALLY on??), saying his message had been distorted.
Choudary’s style and his Web site – complete with photos of the Statue of Liberty wearing a full-face veil — are so inflammatory, it’s hard to tell if the guy was for real. He also forwarded to me his Web site, which in one corner says his group actually “oppose Sharia law and its implementation.” Huh??
However, Choudary’s plan was taken seriously by Terry Jones, the somber Florida pastor who brought us a threatened Koran-burning in the fall.
The two sides alleged they would face off at 1 p.m. at the White House. I was never able to speak with Choudary about the apparent cancellation, but Jones brought about 10 followers to a march from the Lincoln Memorial (yes, a police escort closed a public road as this small troop marched to the White House) and his side grew to a few dozen before everyone realized nothing was going to happen and left.