Allies Form Human Chain Around Muslims Praying During Travel Ban Protest

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Interfaith allies make a circle around Muslim’s praying in Washington Square Park in Washington Square Park in New York on Jan. 26, 2018. The Muslim Times has the best collection to refute Islamophobia

Source: Huffington Post

By Carol Kuruvilla, Religion reporter

“It’s what we should do as Americans,” said Rev. Dr. Chloe Breyer, executive director of the Interfaith Center of New York.

More than 100 interfaith demonstrators gathered in New York City on Friday to mark the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s first executive order on immigration, which included a ban on travel for residents from several Muslim-majority countries.

People gathered in the city’s Washington Square Park to voice their continued disapproval of the president’s order, which sparked nationwide protests, including at New York’s airports and public spaces.

After listening to a leader sing out the Islamic call to prayer, interfaith allies linked hands to form a human chain of protection around Muslims as they knelt down in the public space for Friday prayers.

The Rev. Dr. Chloe Breyer, executive director of the Interfaith Center of New York, told HuffPost she hoped the action provided a feeling of safety and security for the worshippers, many of whom were students from nearby New York University.

“It’s practically important and symbolically important to stand with people of different faith traditions,” Breyer said. “It’s what we should do as Americans.”

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