DEARBORN (WWJ/AP)– A rally against hateful speech and violent acts stemming from the privately made anti-Islam video that ridiculed the prophet Muhammad and triggered major protests across the Muslim world has been held at one of the largest mosques in the United States.
Council on American-Islamic Relations Michigan Chapter executive director Dawud Walid says about 400 people attended Friday’s “Rally Against Hate” at the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn.
The event called attention to those who provoke violence in their speech and counteract extremism in the Muslim and non-Muslim worlds.
Dearborn is home to a large Arab-Muslim community.
The video “Innocence of Muslims” has been linked to protests that continue to rage across the Middle East and resulted in at least 30 deaths in seven countries, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya.
On Friday, CBS News reported thousands of demonstrators in Basra, Iraq protested the video holding signs that read “No to offending the honorsable Prophet,” and “Once again America reveals its ugly face.” They chanted chanting “death to America” and “no to America,” and set fire to American and Israeli flags.
One of the organizers, Qassim al-Moussawi, told Associated Press that they gathered “to express our anger and resentment on the offenses made against our prophet.”
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