Anti-Islamic group posts personal info. online

Religious tension is rising in Irving.

An anti-Muslim group released the names and addresses of Muslims and their supporters in a Facebook post, and last weekend, that same group protested in front of an Irving mosque with demonstrators carrying firearms.

In response, Muslims and their supporters will hold their own rally this weekend, rain or shine.

A spokesman from the anti-Islamic group that held a demonstration last weekend says they walked away just as calm and reasoned as when they walked up.

But after a Facebook post from Tuesday, they're accused of intimidation for no reason.

Demonstrators from the Bureau on American Islamic Relations carried firearms shadowed Muslim families on the sidewalk outside the Islamic Center of Irving Saturday.

"It hurt my feelings and it made me angry,” said Tonya Cadenhead, who grew up in Irving. "I think they're scared. They're scared and they don't know who to point the blame at and they're looking for whatever target is easiest."

In response, Cadenhead is organizing a rally for peace om Saturday.

“Fear goes in all directions, but so does love,” she said.

David Wright, a spokesman from BAIR, told FOX 4 News, "I support peace. I support their right to protest and I hope they have a successful rally. Our event ended very peacefully. People should recognize that we are peaceful and we are a group of self defense minded people. There's nothing wrong with that."

But a Facebook post by Wright Tuesday raises concerns.

Lynn Walters is among the names and addresses of people that Wright is spreading around on social media who spoke against a city council vote last spring.

“Intimidation,” said Walters. “I can't think of any reason to put my name and address out there, especially under a list that says, ‘Muslims and Muslim sympathizers.’”

Anthony Bond is also on the list.

“I think this puts a bullseye on my back and everyone's back that's on that list,” he said.

They both say the vote centered on false rumors that suggested the Irving mosque created its own laws called a Sharia law court, and both blame Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne for misinformation.

She says her attorneys advised her not to comment.

“She said it was a Sharia law court; that's a lie,” said Bond. “She said they were trying to usurp Texas and American law. That's a lie."

Both Walters and Bond say they spoke to clarify that like other religions, the mosque held religious tribunals, where imams help resolve family matters.

Despite what's happened, those on the list and others that are not say that their approach to this conflict is compassion.

"I think it's important to stand with people being oppressed and to show them that those guys out there with the guns out there are not the only people who speak for Irving,” said Walters.

Wright says the information he posted can be accessed by anyone on the city's website.

He says the rumors of the Sharia court are true, and he is preparing evidence and documentation to prove it.

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