THE INDEPENDENT – Eight black churches have been burned down since the Charleston shootings, and Muslim charities have succeeded in their goal to raise $20,000 in an effort to rebuild them.
At the time of writing the project, launched last Thursday, has raised $21,688 (£14,000) from 495 contributors, making the mean donation in the region of $44.
A statement on the fundraising page said:
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.
As Muslims we know the importance of protecting the vulnerable and respecting people who call on God in their various tongues.
We must always keep in mind that the Muslim community and the black community are not different communities.
We are profoundly integrated in many ways, in our overlapping identities and in our relationship to this great and complicated country.
Three of the church burnings have been ruled arsons and the others are still under investigation.
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