Stop the Hate

I have been deeply upset recently to learn of the vandalism at the Masjid Noor Mosque on Park Avenue. I had read about a lot of vandalism at mosques around the country, but not this close—until now. As part of the Huntington Clergy Association I endorsed the following statement and we have invited a representative of the mosque to join us for our community Thanksgiving service that will be held on Sunday, November 21, 7:00 PM, at our church. I am proud of the clergy association for making a statement so quickly. It may be a single person perpetrating this hateful vandalism under the cover of night. But it is essential that we speak out and bring this to the light of day, otherwise, by our silence, we imply acceptance of such acts.

HUNTINGTON CLERGY ASSOCIATION: SUPPORT FOR MASJID NOOR MOSQUE

The Huntington Clergy Association condemns the bottle throwing incidents at Masjid Noor Mosque in Huntington. Twice in one week, bottles filled with nails and screws were smashed in the mosque’s parking lot, events that are being investigated by the Suffolk County Police as hate crimes.

Huntington is a community enriched by its diversity and multiplicity of religious traditions. An attack against any religious institution is an attack against all our religious institutions and an attack against the fundamental freedoms that are the hallmark of American democracy. When any one group is assailed, the fabric of our community is torn.  We condemn hatred in any form.

As the leadership of the religious institutions in Huntington, we take pride in the religious diversity of our community.  We will not tolerate religious, racial or ethnic bigotry in our community.

I hope you all will mark your calendars to join us for the Thanksgiving service and show support for Huntington to be an inclusive and accepting religious community.

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