We do live in troubled times. NAIN would like to share some of our local responses. Here are two from the “Midwest Coast”. Please send comments about your local efforts to newsATnain.org.
The United Muslim Association of Toledo, supported by the MultiFaith Council of NW Ohio, the Interfaith Peace Coalition, members of First Unitarian Church, and the local Friends and others held a Peace Rally at Government Center on December 4. The Mayor, members of City Council, the Lucas County Commissioners, and various clergy spoke out against Islamophobia, Islamic extremism, and for peace.
Two statements were published in solidarity with our local diverse religious population. The MultiFaith Council of NW Ohio published a statement for the community:
“The MultiFaith Council of NW Ohio Stands in Solidarity with all Faith Perspectives
Islamophobia and hate crimes against Muslims [and Sikhs who are mistaken as Muslim] are on the rise in our nation. Some media and politicians want to prey on misguided fear and propose to limit the freedom of our Muslim brothers and sisters. This is clearly against our founding American principles of religious freedom.” Read more.
The Center for Religious Understanding at the University of Toledo published a statement “Standing in Solidarity with Muslims at the University of Toledo”. See statement. They are inviting people to show support for the statement by liking and sharing it.