The threats against the Islamic community are hate crimes and they sicken me. All of us need to be vigilant to protect our Muslim brothers and sisters. As a Christian Episcopalian, I will not stand for Islamophobia and I, and my family, promise to stand with the Muslim community.
If I hear slurs, I will speak up. If I see someone threatened or harassed, I will alert security or call law enforcement. I promise to stay with those being victimized until help arrives or walk them to their cars and escort them to their homes if necessary for their safety.
When I see a woman wearing a hijab, I will make eye contact, smile and say “Assalamu alaikum” (May peace be with you).
I will call my elected officials and ask them to stand with the Islamic community and other people/communities being targeted by hate speech or policies that discriminate against them. I will not sit quietly and let hate grow in my family, neighborhood, city, state or country.
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Dante said “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.”
Patsy Montgomery, Fresno