No one will protect them from their own stupidity:
Comedy Gold: Rami Faraj, 17, of Dearborn attended the afternoon prayer. “He’s preaching hate, we’re preaching peace,”- Â Imam Hassan Al-Qazwini preached about tolerance taught in the Quran and in American law.
“Today my dear brothers and sisters, we are confronted by ignorance,” he said, referring to Pastor Terry Jones of Florida. “Turn away from those ignorant.”
Some of the interfaith clergy â€” Muslim, Christian, and Jew â€” stood hand in hand, others stood linked arm in arm, silently surrounding the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn in solidarity this afternoon. Â (GoV, continued below the fold)
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With them stood about 700 people, members of the InterFaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit, members of the clergies’ congregations, and supporters.
Standing around the perimeter of the Islamic center, their mission was to protest Florida pastor Terry Jones’ plan to hold a rally Friday afternoon outside the Islamic Center mosque.
Jones, known for burning the Q’uran â€” the Muslim holy book â€” a month ago as a protest against Islam was nearby at a Dearborn courthouse as Wayne County prosecutors and Dearborn police argued to make Jones pay a bond to cover the cost of security for the Dearborn rally.
As the vigil, which began at 5:15 p.m. and ended five minutes later, came to a close Islamic Center Imam Sayed Hassan Al-Qazwini said the Muslim community was “indebted to our Christian friends who have showed us absolute support.”
“Terry Jones, he is not representative of the Christian community . . . Terry Jones is speaking for himself only,” Al-Qazwini said. “This is bigotry and we condemn his bigotry.”
Al-Qazwini and other Islamic Center officials also directed the Muslim community to attend a peaceful protest at 4 p.m. Friday at the Dearborn Civic Center, away from the mosque “so as to avoid any confrontation.”
Archbishop Allen Vigneron attended the event and released a statement in support of the Muslim community.
“We have an opportunity to show the nation and the world that it is possible for peoples of many different faiths to respect one another and to foster mutual understanding,” Vigneron said.
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“Islam never teaches hatred, Islam never teaches terrorism.”