March in Solidarity With Islamic Community

September 4, 2007

Author: Simon Read

Source: Contra Costa Times

The Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County is inviting all congregations to march in support of the East Bay's Islamic community later this month in Antioch.

The event is a chance for outreach organizations to encourage tolerance after a fire this month destroyed an Antioch mosque, organizers said. The march and rally are planned for Sunday, Sept. 23.

The Islamic Center of the East Bay was the target of an arson fire Aug. 12 that gutted the building and caused an estimated $200,000 in damage. The mosque had been broken into and vandalized in three prior incidents this year. Police are still investigating the fire but have said they found no evidence to indicate the arson was religiously motivated.