Statement of Immediate Witness on Islamophobia By the Justice Council and Multicultural Team

December 2015

After some hateful, anti-Islam statements on social media in Burlington, NC, the ERUUF Justice Council and Multicultural Team sent a statement of support to the NAACP and related groups.  For a copy of the complete statement and the responses from the local NAACP and the Movement to End Racism and Islamophobia, click here

Background: Friends notified ERUUF Member Bob Hollister that Muslims in Burlington, NC were under threat by the "Take Back Alamance" group. Over several days, some people posted hateful comments on the local NAACP Facebook site such as "light up the night" and "give a warm welcome" regarding a mosque. (The "Take Back Alamance" group had rallied around the Silent Sam statue in Chapel Hill with Confederate battle flags three weeks ago. )

In response, the ERUUF Justice Council and Multicultural Team sent a statement of support for the Burlington mosque to several groups:

  • Noah Rubin-Blose of Rise Up
  • Laurel Ashton, Field Secretary, NAACP-NC
  • Noah Reed, Secretary, Alamance County NAACP
  • Manzoor Cheema of Movement to End Racism & Islamophobia
  • Bob Hollister forwarded it to the Jewish Voice for Peace

The Statement reads:

Statement of Immediate Witness 

Concerning Our Muslim Neighbors in Alamance County.

The Justice Ministry Council and the Multicultural Team at the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Durham applaud your leadership of the interfaith effort to organize and overcome voices of hatred and division within our community. We are proud to stand with you as part of our commitment to anti-racism and to combatting Islamophobia. All faiths share the principle of welcome and friendship. We must protect everyone’s right to live in safety, peace and harmony.

Candace Carraway, Co-Chair, Justice Ministry Council