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IONA Joins Take on Hate Rally in Dearborn

News Release: August 30, 2019

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Last night, at the Take on Hate rally event at the University of Michigan Dearborn campus, a host of politicians, including US congress people, Debbie Dingell, Andy Levin and Rashida Tlaib; Lieutenant Governor of Michigan, Garlin Gilchrist II; Christian, Jewish and Muslim clergy and community leaders were joined by activists and members of the community to address the issue of Hate. Imam Mustapha Elturk, was among the invited clergy to offer a prayer.

The event focused on all forms of hate against all people, Arabs, Muslims, Jews, Blacks, Latinos, among other minorities. The rally called on ending the hateful rhetoric.

Hate is still happening and it will always be wrong.Photo courtesy Sue Suchyta — For MediaNews Group

Carolyn Normandin, the Michigan Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL), revealed statistics about the rise of hate crimes, anti-Semitism and white supremacy.

Rep. Andy Levin’s message was focused on “Love”. “In the Torah, the most repeated commandment in different forms is to love the stranger as yourself,” Levin said.

Rep. Debbie Dingell, who called for the rally stated, “We are one. United we stand, divided we fall.” “We stand up to hate and leave here with the message: we will fight those who hurt our neighbors no matter who they are,” Dingell said.

Clergy from different faiths traditions offered prayers. Imam Elturk, president of the Islamic Organization of North America, called for God’s peace to descend upon all present and asked for a blessing of grace and wisdom.

He invoked God to “enable us to overcome hate and intolerance, to help us learn forgiveness, kindness and acceptance.” And to “help us turn toward each other with mercy, compassion, and love, not with cruelty and hate,” “to turn the hearts of those who feel superior to others from wickedness to goodness, from harshness to gentleness and kindness, from injustice to justice and from hatred to love.” And “to lead us to the path of righteousness, truth and justice.”

Participants held signs that read, “make racism wrong again” and “hate has no home here.”

The Take on Hate campaign goal is to end “the hate and divisive rhetoric that is occurring in our country and our communities.”

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Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II (left) with Imam Mohammad Elahi of the Islamic House of Wisdom of Dearborn Heights and Imam Steve Mustapha Elturk, president of the Islamic Organization of North America at the Aug. 29 Take on Hate rally held on the University of Michigan–Dearborn campus.

 (Photos courtesy Sue Suchyta — For MediaNews Group)

 

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IONA’s mission is to transform its members and help transform the surrounding communities to righteous, God-fearing people, who collectively strive for the highest moral standard and constantly seek forgiveness from our Creator to earn His pleasure. We seek His compassion and mercy in this life and in the hereafter. We rejuvenate our soul through internal struggle and spiritual exercise in worship of our creator God. The strength of our belief in God gives us the courage to establish good and forbid evil, thus promoting a system of justice for all mankind.