Group Rallies for Peace Outside Irving Mosque

About 100 demonstrators rallied in front of a suburban Dallas mosque in a show of support for the mosque a week after armed protesters appeared there.

The demonstration Saturday in front of the Islamic Center of Irving came days after the posting on Facebook of names and addresses of dozens of people who registered to speak against a proposed ordinance banning foreign law.

Those listed were called Muslims and "Muslim sympathizers" by organizers of an armed protest outside the mosque the previous weekend.

Critics said the ordinance targeted Muslims unfairly.

"It was completely rude and uncalled for and simply trying try intimidate people who speak out against injustice," said Lynn Walters, an Irving resident.

David Wright, lead organizer of last week's demonstration, told The Associated Press that he and his supporters decided not to attend Saturday's rally despite what he called its "message that allows Islam to grow and spread its influence."

NBC 5's Meredith Yeomans contributed to this report.

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