In advance of Thursday’s Congressional hearings on homegrown terrorism, hundreds protested in Times Square on Sunday, as a Long Island congressman dealt with a political firestorm over his specific focus on Muslims for the hearings.
Many protesters held signs reading “Today I am a Muslim too” at a rainy protest to voice concerns that Representative Peter T. King, a Republican, is unfairly singling out Muslims in his hearings, as well as in interviews in Washington over the weekend.
Rabbi Marc Schneier, president of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, and Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, a founder of a project to develop an Islamic community center near ground zero, spoke at the protests.
50 mosques and 50 synagogues representing more than 100,000 Muslims and Jews paired up throughout the United States to learn from each other, and mutually commit to combating anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. In Saint Louis members of Brith Sholom Kneseth Israel and the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis visited each others’ houses of worship to learn, and discuss how to help each other battle religious ignorance that can lead to intolerance and hate. “God created us not to despise each other, but to come to know and love one another,” said Imam Muhamed Hasic of the Islamic Community Center.
The gathers were part of an event called the “Weekend of Twinning,” organized by the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding in New York. The organization’s president, Rabbi Marc Schneier, said: “As the children of Abraham, not only do we share a common faith, but share a common fate. We must strengthen our bonds of concern, compassion and caring for each other.”
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