JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - An event touted as the first "Muslim Day at the Missouri Capitol" drew more than 100 people.
Participants recited the Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. flag, clapped for the U.S. Constitution and responded "yes" in unison when event leaders asked if they love other Americans.
Wednesday's gathering was intended to display the peaceful and patriotic side of Muslims to state legislators who have proposed measures barring Missouri courts from considering international or Islamic religious law known as Sharia.
Event organizers said they have no desire for Sharia law to trump state and federal laws, but they said the legislation reveals an unwarranted fear of Muslims.
Other religious groups also have rallied at the Capitol. Christian groups, for example, have held prayer vigils and concerts.