March 19 2019

Vigil In Support of Love and Muslim Community to be Held Friday

By: Rich Hosford



There will be a vigil to remember those killed in the New Zealand shootings last week and to show solidarity against hate and an embrace of Burlington’s Muslim community.


The vigil will be held at the Burlington Islamic Center at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, March 22.


Event organizer Rabbi Susan Abramson of Temple Shalom Emeth said that during the vigil two lines will be formed by participants that will create a tunnel of comfort for members of the Islamic Center as they enter for Friday Prayers. There will also be a presentation of giant cards signed by parishioners of many of Burlington’s houses of worship and cards made by the temple's chidrens group (see above).


Abramson said that even though the attacks that left 50 people dead and other wounded happened across the world the effects were felt by Muslims, and others, everywhere.


“I think Muslims around the world, like Jews around the world, feel a kinship and sense of unity with all other members of their faith so its deeply hurtful to them,” she said. “This was also a clear case of someone expressing their hate for Muslims in a horrific way. It is deeply hurtful to all members of the Muslim community no matter how far away it is.”


Abramson said that after the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting in October of last year that saw the death of 11 Jewish members in an act of hate-fueled violence members of the Burlington Islamic Center brought comfort and displays of solidarity to members of Temple Shalom Emeth.


“They showed up for us after Pittsburg and we’re showing up for them after this,” she said.


Abramson will be joined by other members of the religious community in Burlington along with State Rep. Ken Gordon. All residents are invited to attend and show their support and to stand against hate.


“We have to keep standing up and keep reiterating that this is horrific and we have to basically have a reality check that this can’t go unchallenged,” she said of why people should attend. “Nobody should feel this is okay and it can’t become something that becomes part of the noise in the background of our busy lives. We’ll all lose as a society if we don’t all stand up for our values and make a very strong statement.”


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