A small group of six Christian activists led by Randall Terry took part in an anti-Muslim demonstration outside the White House on Saturday. One of the protesters reportedly ripped pages out of the Koran.
“Part of why we’re doing that, please hear me: the charade that Islam is a peaceful religion must end,” said Terry, well-known for his antics as an anti-abortion rights activist.
Andrew Beacham, who described himself as the leader of a Tea Party group from Indiana, ripped pages from an English paperback version of the Koran, then placed the ripped pages in a plastic trash bag.
“The only reason I will not burn it at the White House is because to burn anything on the Capitol grounds is a felony,” Beacham said, according to AFP.
According to ThinkProgress, Terry dismissed concerns that Sept. 11 was being politicized, saying that he wouldn’t “let the tail wag the dog.”