While anti-Muslim sentiment is undoubtedly on the rise across the United States, there are many people who are doing their part to fight hate with love and solidarity.
It’s about time their efforts were brought into focus.
Over 24,000 people have signed an open letter of “radical love” to protect the Muslim-American community by the organizers at the Auburn Theological Seminary.
It was hand-delivered to the Muslim Community Network in New York City, the Huffington Post reported.
"God is not Muslim, God is not Christian, God is not Jewish; God is love. Love compels us to stand with our Muslim family, to have their backs. When they come for our Muslim family, they come for all of us," stated Rev. Jacqui Lewis, Senior Minister of New York’s Middle Collegiate Church, who delivered the letter.
"Massacres and mayhem, vitriol and violence like I have never witnessed in my lifetime, all in the name of God. This is a singular moment in time, when good people of every faith join their voices in one freedom song: We will not stand by while our Muslim brothers and sisters -- our policewomen, doctors, teachers and neighbors -- are targeted with hatred because of the violent actions of a few.”
Muslim leaders welcomed the gesture of interfaith solidarity.
“This is confirmation that we are not alone in the struggle to reclaim our country, to bring it back to the country that it has always been -- loving and warm -- and that the Statue of Liberty stands out there to welcome all," said Debbie Almontaser, president of the Muslim Community Network. “I want to thank you very much on behalf of the American Muslim community, who will see this as a gesture of love and respect and admiration."