Anti-Muslim agitators misrepresent Dearborn peace rally
DEARBORN, Mich. – A weekend rally against ISIS was morphed into posts on social media which claimed, falsely, that the rally was actually pro-ISIS.
The claim got so much play on the internet that the myth busting website SNOPES dedicated a post to debunking it.
Imam Husham Al-Husainy organized the rally against ISIS, something he has been doing for years.
"We have to be more careful, we have to meet, to open a dialogue; we have to talk to each other we cannot be rushing in judging each other," Al-Husainy said.
The anti-Muslim rhetoric is gaining steam in the aftermath of the San Bernardino terrorist attack, as well as the ongoing national debate over accepting refugees from the Middle East.
This isn’t the first time an event in Dearborn has been warped by those espousing anti-Muslim views.
Mayor Jack O'Reilly says while the vitriol is not surprising, it is disappointing.
"Through my whole tenure as mayor, which is now almost eight years, that’s what we deal with all the time," O'Reilly said. "People misconstruing or using us as some symbol of something terrible when, quite the contrary, we’re a pretty nice community."
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