Source: Huffington Post
Following last week’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, which was carried out by Muslims who FBI officials say were Islamic State supporters, American mosques and Muslims have been hit with threats and attacks.
That includes a severed pig’s head being discovered in front of a Philadelphia mosque, a food store owner in New York City being attacked by a man who said he would “kill Muslims,” and a man breaking in to and vandalizing the Islamic Center of Palm Beach in Florida.
Yet, amid the onslaught of vitriol being directed at American Muslims that civil rights group say began picking up after last month’s terrorist attacks on Paris and several politicians’ statements against Muslim refugee resettlement, many Americans are coming together to protect and support the Islamic community.
In other words, despite presidential candidate Donald Trump saying on Monday that he wants to indefinitely ban all Muslims from coming to the U.S., there are plenty of Americans eagerly standing beside the nation’s nearly 3 million Muslims.
Houston, Texas — Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church
Dozens of the church’s members rallied on Friday in support of its neighboring mosque, the Clear Lake Islamic Center, holding signs saying “love thy neighbor no exceptions” and “we support our Muslim neighbors.”
“It’s important to stand on the side of respect and love and tolerance,” the Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, told theAssociated Press. Ibrahim Ezghair, associate imam at the mosque, called the event “a really nice gesture.”
Los Angeles, California — Islamic Center of San Gabriel Valley
After a prayer service on Friday, officers from the Los Angeles Police Department and federal officials talked to the community about the San Bernardino attacks and how they can help people of all religious backgrounds stay safe in the area. The event included Muslim law enforcement officials, such as Sgt. Mike Abdeen from the department’s community relations unit.
“Law enforcement reached out to us and asked if they could address the community to ensure them that they are protected like all American and to not feel afraid of backlash,” mosque member Ali Jakvani told The Huffington Post. “In times when Muslims are being attacked in retaliation to the killings in San Bernardino, I’m glad to see people standing up for the Muslim community.”