A small group of protesters took over a patch of grass across from the Islamic Center of Temecula Valley on Friday for a vocal but relatively tame protest against a proposed mosque, though they were greatly outnumbered by supporters from area churches who were there to support the Islamic Center.
The rally was held during the Islamic Center's Friday prayers and, at the urging of organizers, a few protesters brought their dogs, which many Muslims would consider an insult.
"This is America. This is a Christian country, this is not a Muslim country," said Zorina Bennett, 50, of Temecula, one of about 20 who attended the anti-mosque rally. "They are known terrorists. Read the Koran. They are trained to kill people from the time they're in their youth."