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Christian, Jewish leaders rally against "Islamophobia" at Dearborn Heights mosque

Kate Wells

UPDATED AT 8:53 am on 12/18/15

At a mosque in Dearborn Heights today, about a dozen faith leaders rallied against what they described as the recent "wave of Islamophobia."

Baptist, Catholic, Methodist, Presbyterian and Jewish leaders railed against Donald Trump, and his proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S.

"It is unconstitutional, and un-American, to ban an entire religious group from America, the land of the free and home of the brave, just because they are Muslim,” said Baptist pastor Lawrence Glass.

Rashida Tlaib, a former Democrat in the state House, talked a little bit about what it feels like to be a Muslim right now.

She says she no longer listens to the news when her 10-year-old son is in the car,

"At the same time, I want him to know what's going on, and why it's important for him to speak up."

Several leaders said it's their religious responsibility to speak up for tolerance. 

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story identified Rashida Tlaib as a current member of the legislature. She is a former member of the legislature.

Kate Wells is a Peabody Award-winning journalist currently covering public health. She was a 2023 Pulitzer Prize finalist for her abortion coverage.
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