Muslims Are Raising Money To Rebuild Burned Christian Churches (VIDEO)

Over the weeks following the horrific murder of nine African-American churchgoers in South Carolina, eight historically African-American churches have burned, all within a span of 10 days.

While there are still questions around why the churches have burned, there is no question about why those nine people died. It was terrorism, yet the media is reluctant to call it that. We can say with certainty, though, that if the shooter, Dylann Roof, was Muslim, he would have been labeled what he is: a terrorist.

It’s not a leap to imagine that the Muslim community in the U.S. would be up set with the double standard. Instead, three Islamic organizations are doing what Christians claim to do. They are turning the other cheek, and they are pitching in to raise money to rebuild the burned churches.

The Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborate, the Arab-American Association of New York, and Ummah Wide have come together for the month of Ramadan (which ends on July 17th) on the crowdsourcing site LaunchGood. So far, they have raised $25,000 of their $30,000 goal.

8 Black churches have been burned to the ground since the shooting of 9 parishioners at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC. These church burnings happened within the span of 10 days. Three were undoubtedly set by arsons; the others are pending investigation. But to many it is clear that these are attacks on Black culture, Black religion and Black lives. These kinds of attacks on Black churches are a very old form of intimidation in the South, historically used to strike fear into the hearts of Black people.

Its 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, a place we can seek refuge when the world is too much to bear. We are calling on you to help add our support to faith communities across the country pooling their resources to rebuild these churches. There has not been anywhere near the amount of resources needed to rebuild these churches. The time is now, let’s unite to help our sisters and brothers in faith.

Source: LauchGood

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Fires in churches are not uncommon and investigators believe the eight fires are not related. Only three have been ruled arson (fires in black churches are often ruled accidental), but, it’s far from uncommon. Racists, including the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacist groups, have been burning black churches since 1822 and it continues to this day, with a large rash of firebombings as recently as the 90s. A black church in Massachusetts was burned the day President Obama was inaugurated.

About five churches are burned through arson every single week in this country and for some reason, there are no available statistics on how man of those are African-American churches.

One phenomenon we are seeing today that we would likely not have seen in 1822 is people coming together. Despite the fact that Muslims rank last – just below atheists – in how America views them, they are still coming together to help. That says a lot.