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Mosque Protest; Sign Reads: "Death to Islam"

A 28-year-old man holding up a sign that read "Death to Islam" is creating some controversy in the community.

Michael Harmon was standing on the side of the road in West Richland, across the street from the Islamic Center of Tri-Cities yesterday.

"Taliban, ISIS, Al-Queda, they all follow the Quran and the Quran is absolutely evil," said Harmon.

He went on to say he's completely fed up with terrorists and decided to picket across the street from the only mosque in town.

This sign on his car read "Terrorists" with an arrow pointing to those across the street.

The other side of his sign read, "Islam is evil." 

Jim Jewell was driving by and pulled his car over and started yelling at Harmon, calling him ignorant and a moron.

Jewell said he's offended and said the words, "Death to Islam," are a threat.

"It really angers me that people like that can be so misguided and so stupid," said Jewell. "For him to associate an entire religion and entire culture to terrorism is just disgusting."

Meanwhile, inside the mosque, men women and children gathered for peaceful prayer.

Mosque Leader Mohamed El-Sehmawy also known as the Imam, said he is not angry with Harmon, in fact, it's quite the opposite.

"According to the Quran, I have to treat him nice," said El-Sehmawy.

He said Islam derives from the words peace and that is how he deals with any issue, peacefully. 

In response to allegations that Muslims are terrorists, El-Sehmawy said terrorists should not be the representation of Islam.

He said he and his fellow Muslims completely disagree with evil terrorist acts and said it is against the Word of God.

"I'm going to ask people who killed and who hit people under the name of the religion or under the name of Islam, I'm going to ask them one question, can you find that in the Quran?" said El-Sehmawy. "No."

El-Sehmawy even went as far as saying he would gladly invite Harmon into the Mosque to teach him about the religion.

"The Quran ordered me to treat people who don't believe in Islam nicely," said El-Sehmawy.

Harmon's protest was ironically carried out just one day after a multi-faith peace walk started at the Mosque and ended at a local church.


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