DETROIT (WWJ) – Are they “spreading the word” — or trying to divide the people?
A group of ministers think it’s the latter, and will hold a march and rally outside of Ford Field on Friday. That’s where a group dubbed “The CALL: Detroit” will be holding a pray rally.
Imam Abdullah el Amin from the Muslim Center in Detroit responds to those who suggest that Muslims are somehow linked to the country’s economic crisis.
“I’m very grateful for my brothers who – we know each other – work together for many, many years. They have seen me on the street fighting against hunger, fighting against homelessness, fighting against immorality in the streets and they know that our religion is not what these people that are coming here to this city … or where ever they are coming from to spread this division,” said Abdullah el Amin.
Reverend Edwin Rowe, pastor of Central United Methodist Church in Detroit, takes issue with the message the group is sending.
“The issue is putting yourself in the place of God, and saying these people are in and these people are out, and playing God and telling people if your are really a Christian you are going to come and save these folks who happen to live in a city that’s 85 percent African-American,” said Rowe.
The group of Imams say they want to promote peace, and not division.
People and groups opposing the Ford Field rally will hold their own rally at the Occupy Detroit site in downtown Detroit.