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Solidarity in Tennessee

September 2, 2010, 5:57 pm | Posted by Dan Nejfelt

Following the tragic news of the recent suspected arson at the mosque construction site in Murfreesboro, TN, (which Nick commented on earlier this week), the local community mounted an inspiring response:

…about 150 people…attended Monday’s night’s vigil, organized in response to the recent fire at the construction site for the new mosque. Many in the crowd held candles or signs proclaiming such messages as “We’re all in this together” and “My God is not a bigot.” They also joined in singing “We Shall Overcome.”

The gathering came two days after a fire of suspicious origin damaged construction equipment at the site of the planned mosque. Federal investigators are still looking into the cause.

Organizers said the vigil was intended to encourage mosque supporters and opponents to demonstrate for a community free of violence, arson and other such activities.

However, Bob Smietana’s outstanding Tennessean article on the event ended on a more sobering note:

Still stunned from the fire that claimed excavation equipment on the site of their planned mosque, Murfreesboro Muslims avoided Monday night’s protest. They say their project has already attracted too much attention.

“All we want to do is build a place where we can worship in peace and quiet,” said Saleh Sbenaty, a volunteer who is helping organize the mosque project.

One Response to “Solidarity in Tennessee”

  1. Donna says:

    I am so tired of these protests it is sickening. Wonder how many of the bigots are aware many americans are Muslim converts… I don’t think this hatred of Muslims will go away how very very sad… I read an article on this fire and laughed when I read suspect arson yeah sure the vehicles caught fire by themselves and coincidently at a projected site for a new mosque..The very sad thing is when the mosque is built there will be vandalizm for sure by the cowards who were responsible for the fire. I respect all faiths people try it as it really isn’t hard..