BOSTON (AP) — A group of Muslim youths is planning a rally on Boston Common, saying they want to emphasize that true Islam is a religion of peace.
The organizers of the Muslims for Peace rally Sunday afternoon say they’re responding to recent violence, including the Boston Marathon bombings in April and the killing of a soldier in London in May. Both incidents have been linked to Islamic extremists.
The group, which includes many youths who attend the Islamic Society of Boston mosque, says it wants to clear up misconceptions about Islam. It says it also wants to stress that the people accused in the crimes are responsible for their own actions and don’t represent Islam.
About 100 youth are expected to show up at the rally, which will include signs, chants and speeches.