Solidarity with Our Muslim Neighbors
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Dear Muslims in Michigan,
We want you to know that the haters are the minority. Ironic, isn’t it, since these words are exactly what you’ve had to say to the rest of us SO often in the last years.
We want you to know that when we see a woman wearing a hijab, we feel happy. When we see you pray in public, we are happy. When we learn more about your faith, we are happy. We LOVE living in a diverse nation where people of many faiths work and live and play side-by-side.
We want you to know and believe that when you walk down the street, most of us feel this way. We are sad and angry about what the minority of us non-Muslim-Americans are doing. Their threats feel scary and loud. They write anonymous letters, but we want you to know who we are. We want to drown them out with a chorus of ACCEPTANCE and INTEREST and LOVE.
We are aware Islam has been part of our nation since the beginning because 20-30% of African slaves brought to the colonial United States were Muslim and that even more had had contact with Muslims before they arrived here. We are aware that our nation’s founding fathers knew about Islam as they created the First Amendment and intentionally rejected language that would have restricted “religion” to mean “Christianity.”
We are with you. We are with you. We are with you. We are rowing the same boat together and I hope we can row it well, in the same direction. We are glad to join you as a member of the “sane middle.” Maybe all of our extremists could go have their own party together and leave us alone?
In Solidarity, Peace, and Love,
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