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Early on August 5, 2017 a fire bomb was thrown into the Dar Al Farooq mosque in Bloomington, MN, during the first prayer of the morning. We renounce this cowardly act of hate which appears meant to terrorize our Muslim brothers and sisters. The Minnesota Council of Churches has a special affinity for Dar Al Farooq, where we recently celebrated an Iftar dinner during Ramadan as a part of the Taking Heart program that we coordinate in partnership with the Muslim American Society of Minnesota.

Amid this tragedy, we express our solidarity and support for Muslims in Bloomington and the Twin Cities, as well as Muslims across our state and country who are experiencing bigotry and these kinds of attacks. An attack on a mosque is an attack on a synagogue is an attack on a church. It is an attack on all faith communities. As the Minnesota Council of Churches, representing one million Christians in Minnesota, we stand with you!

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The Minnesota Council of Churches’ mission is to manifest unity in the church and to build the common good in the world. The Minnesota Council of Churches consists of 25 member denominations from Mainline Protestant, Historic Black, Traditional Peace and Orthodox traditions representing about 1,000,000 Minnesotans. For more information, visit www.mnchurches.org.

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