Ever since that crazy white supremacist kid shot and murdered black church-goers at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, we’ve seen an alarming rise in black churches being burnt to the grown. In fact, at least eight churches have suffered fire damage since a shooting, eerily reminiscent of the many black churches set ablaze in the mid-1990s.
The foxbots and mannequins at Fox News, never taking a day off from its Christian persecution complex, continued to blame religious hatred as the motive for Roof’s shooting massacre. Indeed, Fox News is where obvious facts and reason go to die. But it seems that Muslim Americans, one of Fox News’ favorite groups to spread untold amounts of fear and smear, are actually stepping up to the plate and helping many of the burnt black churches rebuild.
It seems a loose coalition of Muslim groups started an online fundraiser to help rebuild the slew of African-American churches damaged in a recent rise of arson across the South.
“It’s Ramadan, and we are experiencing firsthand the beauty and sanctity of our mosques during this holy month. All houses of worship are sanctuaries, a place where all should feel safe,” it added. (Al-Jazeera)
Let’s just hope their no drawings of Muhammad anywhere in sight. Just kidding.
The coalition aiming to help rebuild consists of Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative and the Arab American Association of New York, as well as digital startup Ummah Wide. Helpfully enough, these groups so far raised more than $23,000 in five days. And once the campaign ends on July 18, all the money will be given to pastors of the burned churches that need it most, according to the groups. Understanding that ordinary Muslims in America often face various forms of intimidation–albeit less than blacks, the groups acknowledged this reality. Of course authorities have not classified any of the fires as hate crimes.
The American Muslim community cannot claim to have experienced anything close to the systematic and institutionalized racism and racist violence that has been visited upon African-Americans,” organizer Imam Zaid Shakir wrote on the campaign’s website. (Al-Jazeera)
Whether it’s just good PR or genuine goodness, the fact that it’s groups of Muslims stepping up to the plate in assisting the burnt black Christian churches, as opposed to Jesus’ homeboy Sean Hannity, just shows that his chief concern is misinforming groups of angry and already misinformed white Christians.