‘As peace-loving law-abiding Americans we are appalled by the horrific act of domestic terrorism in which a White supremacist extremist deliberately plowed his car into a group of innocent counter-protesters killing one and seriously injuring 19 others. Our profound gratitude is extended to all those who were courageous enough to stand up against a mob of frenzied bigots in support of all our rights, and our deepest condolences to the families of those who lost loved ones or whose members sustained severe injuries. We pray that God grant them comfort and a speedy recovery from their trauma.
In condemning this act of terror, as both Americans and Muslims, we shudder at the thought that had the perpetrator been a Muslim, there would have been an incessant barrage of news about ‘Radical Islamic Terrorism’. The media should recognize that terrorism occurs in all forms and should be condemned vehemently every time it occurs regardless who the victims or perpetrators might be.
At a time of such intense civil discord, it is encouraging that the President’s daughter Ivanka Trump declared. ‘there should be “no place in society for racism, white supremacy and neo-Nazis.” Such exhortation for the nation to come together has spurred communities throughout the country to hold vigils for Charlottesville to help bridge the divide.
Details of a vigil near you that the Council endorses can be found at the following site Sign up to attend a “Stand in Solidarity with Charlottesville” local event in your area., issued by Democracy for America.