Joplin rallies to support Muslims in wake of suspected mosque arson

Reuters has some good news:

A rally for Muslims in Joplin, Missouri, drew hundreds of people on Saturday night, nearly three weeks after a local mosque was destroyed by a fire which members of the Islamic community suspect was a hate crime, the organizer of the event said. …

Organizers saw the rally in part as a giving-back to the local Muslim community because their mosque was a relief center for victims of the May 2011 tornado in Joplin, which took 161 lives and damaged or destroyed more than 8,000 buildings.

“It’s amazing,” rally organizer and college student Ashley Carter said in a telephone interview during the event. “People who are of completely different cultures and beliefs are here having a conversation with each other, which is awesome.”

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