Take On Hate campaign challenged anti-Islam protesters

SHAFAQNA – According to Huffington Post, the Campaign to Take On Hate, working to combat misconceptions of Muslims and Arab Americans, organised a Twitter campaign to challenge the news that a group of anti-Islam protesters would be demonstrating outside the Islamic Community Center in Phoenix, Arizona, Friday evening.

Take On Hate has encouraged people to tweet their support for the mosque on Friday using the hashtag #NotMyAmerica, with the optional secondary hashtag #PHxMosque. Local clergy have also planned a peaceful solidarity event at the mosque on Monday.

Linda Sarsour, senior strategist for Take On Hate, said the #NotMyAmerica campaign was an effort “to drown out the abhorrent comments and supporters of the armed protesters.”

“In our America, freedom of speech should not be used to trump freedom of religion,” she told The Huffington Post. “All Americans have the right to worship free of fear and intimidation.”

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