Wednesday, March 02, 2016
It's Opposite Day in Boston Redux!
Local antiwar military veterans gathered outside New England’s largest mosque Saturday to show support for Muslims amid growing anti-Muslim sentiments that some believe have been stoked by the inflammatory tone of the presidential race.
The rally at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center in Roxbury was organized by the Smedley D. Butler Brigade of Veterans for Peace and drew about 200 people.
Speakers included leaders from veterans’ groups and Islamic organizations as well as Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans, who was last to address the crowd.
“We’re all Muslims deep down,” Evans said. “We all yearn for peace.”
Evans also visited the mosque in December after a Muslim couple carried out a mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif. He said Saturday that Boston police treasure their relationship with the Muslim community.
“I don’t think we can tolerate bigotry toward the Muslim population. They’re an important part of our city,” Evans told reporters Saturday. “I just want to reassure them that we’re here for them.”
What the heck is going on in Boston? Are they struggling with the whole brave Sir Robin "Shelter in Place" syndrome?