Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

We Must Speak Up to Protect American Values

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

We Must Speak Up to Protect American Values

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Many thanks for your excellent coverage of the meeting on Dec. 5 of Pittsburgh police Chief Cameron McLay with the Muslim community at the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh ("Chief Makes Pledge to Muslim Community," Dec. 6). Chief McLay made a commitment to build cultural sensitivity among police officers and strengthen communications with Muslims in response to the shooting of a Muslim cab driver on Thanksgiving.

I was privileged to attend, along with 50 or more others concerned about interfaith communication and justice. All were warmly welcomed and asked only to remove or cover our shoes to enter the very simple mosque area. After quickly being provided with chairs, we sat quietly while late afternoon prayers were offered with great reverence. It was a relief to be in a place of respect and cooperation and away from voices filling the media with fear and hatred of minorities and immigrants. …

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