By Neil Doyle
BLOOMINGTON – The group Not In Our Town hosted a demonstration Friday afternoon in support of local Muslims after the attacks on two New Zealand mosques.
The group gathered outside the Islamic Center of McLean County at 421 Olympia Drive in Bloomington to greet Muslims after Friday morning prayers.
Meanwhile, Illinois Congressmen Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) and Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill) took to social media to express their concerns.
I stand united with the people of New Zealand in condemning these horrific acts of hate and terror. No one should ever be targeted for their religious beliefs. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and the Muslim community.
— US Rep Rodney Davis (@RodneyDavis) March 15, 2019
The massacre at the Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, was spawned by white supremacy and hatred of Muslims and immigrants. My heart goes out to the victims of this devastating attack, their families, and the communities affected.
— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) March 15, 2019
CNN reports at least 49 people were killed and 20 were seriously injured during the attacks.
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