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Graffiti unacceptable, let’s stand with Spokane’s Muslim community


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By R. Skyler Oberst

While many of us were celebrating our freedoms on the Fourth of July, someone wrote this on the outer of a prayer space in Spokane as many Muslims were praying during Ramadan:

Graffiti at the Spokane Islamic Center/Facebook photo
Graffiti at the Spokane Islamic Center/Facebook photo

This is unacceptable. As president of the Spokane Interfaith Council, I try to work tirelessly to ensure all people are accepted as an integral part of our community. In the wake of church burnings across the American South, and just last year witnessing the defacing of our synagogue, Spokane is no stranger to religious intolerance. What sets us apart is that we are also not strangers to compassion and leaning on one another.

In Spokane, we need to recognize that sharing in the joys and sorrows of our Sikh and Jewish neighbors; in the sufferings and celebrations of our Buddhist and Muslim neighbors; in the struggles and triumphs of our black and Latino neighbors is not a religious imperative —it is a civic imperative. How can we be truly apart of our community if we are not present?

My friends at the Council on Islamic-American Relations will be visiting Spokane this week to address this. I invite all of you to join us. Let’s stand with them.

Thursday, 10:45 a.m., 2110 E. Broadway Ave, Suite B

R. Skyler Oberst
R. Skyler Oberst
R. Skyler Oberst is an interfaith advocate in Spokane and in 2016 won Young Democrat of the Year.

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Eric Blauer
8 years ago

Oh Spokanites haven’t we had enough of this racist news in our town? This type of hate crime ends up hamstringing legit debate about radicalized fundamentalism, horrific current world events and the advocacy for founding American principles of pluralism.

8 years ago

If you want us to attend, it would be great to know where and when!

Eric Blauer
8 years ago

The text at the bottom of his post says when and where.


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