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Progressive Patriots Counterprogram Big-Spending Hate Rally at NSU

Some Aberdeen bigots feel the need to keep screaming about Sharia Law, even though taking the First Amendment as seriously as they take the Second Amendment guarantees that theocracy of any flavor will never take root in the United States of America.

There’s no changing some old, hardened hearts, but the Brown County Progressives for Change and Activate South Dakota will hold a protest against this anti-Muslim fear-mongering on Tuesday, September 18, at 6:30 p.m. on the Northern State University campus green, outside the Krikac Auditorium, where scared old white people will gather to hear a repeat of out-of-state speaker Aynaz Anni Cyrus’s rabble-rousing and unverifiable tale of Sharia Law in Iran.

BCPC and ASD offer this explanation of why they are rallying on the Northern campus Tuesday:

Brown County Progressives for Change and Activate South Dakota are unifying to protest against Americans First Task Force, a local anti-Muslim group, promotion of speaker Aynaz Anni Cyrus.

Aynaz Anni Cyrus is an Iranian-American human rights activist that does speaking engagements about her oppression under Sharia law while she was living in the Islamic Republic of Iran. While examples of human rights violations are real and occur in Iran, it does not reflect the true peaceful nature of the religion.

“Aynaz experience as a child bride and treatment under authoritarian Islamic State rule are touching, but the notion that this is an accurate reflection of the religion are absurd.” Says Josh Halsey (Chair of BCPC) “ We are not protesting her experiences rather the message of hate and intolerance of a peaceful religion.”

“If we truly want a functioning democracy that includes rich and diverse ideas, we need to stop spreading the message of hate.” Says Justin Roemmick (District 3 House Candidate) “The Americans First Task Force does a great deal to divide our community and makes our new Americans feel unwelcome. They operate in similar fashion as the Ku Klux Klan and that is unacceptable in our community and it will not be tolerated.”

While there is no proof that it is in fact the AFTF that invited Aynaz Cyrus to speak, they have been promoting it on their Facebook page. We would like to counter by inviting the community to a peaceful protest to rally against hate and intolerance September 18th at 6:30 PM located on the campus greens. Aynaz Cyrus will be speaking at the Krikac Auditorium located on the campus of Northern State University.

Brown County Progressives for Change and Activate South Dakota are both non-partisan groups of people who want to see progressive ideology spread throughout South Dakota. They are active in countering policy and events that negatively impact the community such as family separation and Islamophobia [BCPC and ASD, press release, 2018.09.13].

Northern State University says the Cyrus event is “sponsored by a private citizen and is not a campus-sponsored event.” However, that private citizen spent big money (my ad sheet says $1,551, plus $230 for color) on a half-page color ad in my Sunday paper that prominently features the NSU logo, which I’m pretty sure no one gets to use without permission from NSU’s marketing department.

Anti-Muslim rally ad using NSU color logo, Aberdeen American News, 2018.09.16, p. 9A.
Anti-Muslim rally ad using NSU color logo, Aberdeen American News, 2018.09.16, p. 9A.

Many good Aberdonians recognize that the continued economic growth and prosperity of Aberdeen, South Dakota, and the United States depend on hope, truth, and welcoming rather than fear, lies, and bigotry. Alas, those good Aberdonians don’t have the same money to throw at demonstrations of their patriotism that some frightened retirees and malcontents do to try erecting bulwarks around their hateful and failing worldviews.

But let the angry cranks have their “fun”—though really, how much “fun” can they be having spending their twilight years in manufactured fear and bitter selfishness? They are crying for an all-white, all-Christian America that exists only in their angry and limited imaginations. The good folks on the campus green are simply reminding us all of what America really stands for: the ability to grow and prosper in change, to invite people of all faiths and all nations to join us and make America even greater.


  1. Porter Lansing 2018-09-16 10:45

    Standing up to hate and those that promote it is as American as apple pie and football on Sunday. Will the Al Novstrup group be among the fear ridden fools trying to KKK Aberdeen? How about the Keep Kristi Krowd?

  2. mike from iowa 2018-09-16 11:57

    I don’t get it. How is it, after all the times this Sharia BS has been refudiated, can these people continue to peddle the stuff? This type of BS isn’t fertilizer for the mind. Are these people desperately searching for the END TIMES?

  3. Debbo 2018-09-16 23:56

    “They operate in similar fashion as the Ku Klux Klan.” Excellent. And Porter, the “Keep Kristi Krowd.” 😄😄😄

    It sickens me to see this kind of crap going on at my alma mater. And what is it with the NSU logo? Either the hate group is using it illegally in an effort to create the appearance of an endorsement, or NSU is sponsoring this lying bunch of scumballs and their political event. I believe the latter is also illegal.

    So as an alumnus, do I have standing to bring suit?

  4. Jason 2018-09-17 12:52

    Cory wrot:

    “rabble-rousing and unverifiable tale of Sharia Law in Iran”

    Anybody agree with Cory that Sharia law doesn’t exist in Iran?

  5. Porter Lansing 2018-09-17 13:19

    I agree with Cory, not only because Jason rarely tells the truth but because I’ve done research that Jason’s hateful mind in incapable of doing. Some aspects of Sharia law are integrated into Iranian jurisprudence but Sharia law isn’t the law of Iran.
    – The legal code is now “based” on Islamic law or sharia, although many aspects of civil law have been retained, and it is integrated into a civil law legal system. According to the constitution of the Islamic Republic, the judiciary in Iran “is an independent power”. The entire legal system—”from the Supreme Court to regional courts, all the way down to local and revolutionary courts”—is under the purview of the Ministry of Justice, but in addition to a Minister of Justice and head of the Supreme Court, there is also a separate appointed Head of the Judiciary. Parliamentary bills pertaining to the constitution are vetted by the Council of Guardians.

  6. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-09-17 21:02

    The Klansters aren’t inviting this opportunist back to Aberdeen to educate anyone about facts. The Tapio Brigade rides again to stir fear and hatred and tear America apart.

  7. Jason 2018-09-18 07:57

    Thanks for posting the evidence proving the Iran legal code is now based on islamic law or sharia Porter.

    I rest my case.

    Are American kids being taught what sharia is in school?

    I’m not sure why you love sharia law so much Cory. Do you like making women second class citizens?

  8. Porter Lansing 2018-09-18 08:06

    WRONG. The Iran legal code has no more parts based on Shiria law then the USA legal code has parts based on murderous and immoral Old Testament passages.
    Catholic school twisted your brain, Jason. That’s why you want to make women second class citizens, like it is in the Holy See. There’s medicine and therapy for that.

  9. mike from iowa 2018-09-18 08:23

    Jason, as per usual, is way off base in his blasting of Master. Cory did not say there was no Sharia law in Iran. He stated clearly that this wolf in sheep’s clothing could not verify her tale under Sharia law.

    Jason is an obstinate, rancorous, miscreant who only wants to confront the good people at DFP. Porter had a smashing idea awhile back. Maybe we should vote these suckers off the island, even though I doubt Cory would go along.

  10. Porter Lansing 2018-09-18 08:34

    Jason, like the core philosophy of right wing extremists, can only focus on himself. (That’s why he’s so miserable in life.) Jason, there are more fundamentalist Christians in America that want to harm you because of your sexual deviancy than there are Muslims that feel the same way. The military brainwashed you and the Old Clown from Rapid to hate Islam as a way to turn you into “good fighting apes” during the last war. War’s over Chachi. Come back to America before we leave you weeping at the dock.

  11. bearcreekbat 2018-09-18 10:31

    Has anyone else noticed the disconnect in the views of many purported conservatives when it comes to claiming to care about Muslim women who have been, or have alleged they have been or will be, harmed in their communities by spouses, family members, and even the government (which at a minimum fails to protect these women)? It seems that these conservatives use their supposed sympathy for abused Muslim women to advance hatred and distrust of Muslims individually and Islamic countries, while such purported conservatives then seek whatever corresponding financial or political benefits that might flow from ginning up hatred and distrust toward Muslims in general.

    Meanwhile, these same purported conservatives simply dismiss the claims of all other women who seek our help as refugees based on being abused by family members, gangs and governments in Latin American, Mexico, Africa, and other foreign nations, including Muslim nations. Their Trumpian anti-immigration hero, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has even declared as official American policy that domestic and gang violence against women are not grounds for asylum.

    Where is the conservative compassion and outrage? Where are the conservative forums aimed at gaining sympathy, policy changes and protection for these abused women (and their children)? Claims by such conservatives to care about abused Muslim women could be taken more seriously if similar care was shown for women refugees seeking asylum in America. Since no such compassion or even concern has been forthcoming by such conservatives, their cries about the suffering of Muslim women rings hollow.

  12. Porter Lansing 2018-09-18 10:34

    BCB NAILS IT!! Right wing extremist white supremacists using Muslim women as a sword until they can cut off their heads with a blessing from the Trumpians.

  13. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-09-18 12:42

    I loathe theocracy of all flavors. The only people trying to impose “Sharia” law on me in South Dakota are right-wing Christians like Al Novstrup who try to write their scripture into laws governing where we pee and who can adopt children.

    People who understand the First Amendment and practice separation of church and state are the best defense against any kind of theocracy. People like Al Novstrup who disregard the Constitution to favor their own religion open the door for a future, less white, less Christian majority to write their religion into law.

  14. Jason 2018-09-18 12:46


    This is about you saying sharia law doesn’t exist in Iran.

    That is not true.

    According to Porter’s post:

    – The legal code is now “based” on Islamic law or sharia

  15. Debbo 2018-09-18 13:52

    BCB cuts to the heart of it. Perfect.

    If the right cares about women so much, why are the numbers of women running for elected office in the GOP static or declining? Why does poll after poll show women favoring the Democratic Party? Why have the numbers of women candidates so greatly increased in the the Democratic Party?

    When the Pootiepublicans want to control women’s bodies and limit autonomy while failing to protect women — It’s no surprise that women don’t feel like Pootiepublicans and their twisted view of Christianity are on women’s side.

  16. Joy Kolakauskas 2018-09-22 01:33

    The comments on this article are ridiculous. I bet not one of you has watched her videos or even held a conversation with Anni. She gives so many opportunities to speak with her and ask her questions, even debate with her, but no one shows up. Instead, they spread hateful lies and threats. Maybe if you guys actually listened to her or attended one of her rallies, you will see she is not spreading hate. She is spreading awareness. What she speaks of is Sharia and the dangers of it being in our country, because our Constitution and Sharia cannot co-exist. One HAS to go. She never spreads hate of Muslims. She doesnt speak poorly of Muslims. You guys are unbelievable. She PEACEFULLY educates and advocates, in protection of our beautiful country and you call her vile names and say horrible things about her and to her and God knows what else. Now who is intolerant?!!! The left is. Sharia needs to be banned here in the USA. That is not racism and is not hatred. It is just wanting to protecting your house and the people that live in it. This is not about any religion. This is about LAWS! Aynaz (Anni) is a hero and should be treated with respect, even if you think opposite of her. Forget banning Sharia, we need to ban Democrats because of their disgusting behavior. Could the left be anymore despicable? Enough of this anti-American behavior! SHAME ON YOU!

    #BanSharia #USA

  17. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-09-23 07:55

    Sharia Law is already banned by the First Amendment’s rigorous separation of church and state, a principle defended far more vigorously by the Left than by the Christian theocratic Right.

  18. jerry 2018-09-23 08:49

    How much does Aynaz (Anni) get paid for her shtick and who pays her? As far as I can read, Saudi Arabia (our bestest buddy in the Mid East), is the only country openly practicing Sharia Law. Cory is correct, Sharia Law is already banned by the First Amendment.

    Anni also mentions being a child bride, Alabama and Utah say that if you are 14, you can be that child bride, So what law do we call that? Last I looked, both Alabama and Utah were so called, Republican states. Tell them to stop with this child abuse and the Anti-American behavior! Stand up Joy or SHAME ON YOU!

  19. Debbo 2018-09-23 15:15

    Joy, I have lived amidst Muslim folks in Minnesota for several years and never met one who promotes Sharia Law like that woman describes. None of them, except Saudis and Afghanis from Taliban regions have lived under Sharia. They don’t like it or want it. Your hero spreads lies for a specific political purpose that serves Pootiepublican ends.

    Remember, Bob Woodward titled his book about Pootie’s Puppet, “Fear,” for a reason. Your hero is exploiting that.

  20. mike from iowa 2018-09-23 15:43

    This is about LAWS! Aynaz (Anni) is a hero and should be treated with respect

    People loved Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Ronnie Raygun, and Drumpf, as well.

    I have no respect for them because they deserve no respect. What is it about you right wing hate mongers that endear you to South Dakota so much?

  21. Porter Lansing 2018-09-23 15:57

    @MFI … Our visitor Joy lives in Ft. Wayne (famous for its KKK members). She must travel the internet spreading her message. Welcome Joy.

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