The hug seen around the world and the extremists that caused it

The woman said initially she didn’t like... WBNS 10TV Columbus Ohio2Dublin, Ohio (TFC) – Crazy religious extremists threaten to blow up a mosque. They plan on assembling outside of the building with rifles and pistols because the people inside are worshiping Allah incorrectly. The extremists’ supporters suggest that all of those in the mosque should die. This didn’t happen in Syria. It wasn’t the Islamic State terrorizing people. This happened in Dublin, Ohio. The attackers were Christian, not Muslim.

The woman said initially she didn’t like... WBNS 10TV Columbus OhioAn activist and journalist named M. David organized the response from the community. David is Jewish. The people that flocked to the mosque’s aid were Christians of all types, atheists, pagans, Jews, and even a pantheist witch. The volunteers assisting the mosque stood outside; prepared for the worst and hoping for the best. The local cops waited as well. The violent bigots never showed up. Later, it would become known that at least one group of those that were going to protest the mosque was out and about that day, but decided to go to Chipotle instead.

One woman arrived with her signs to protest the mosque. She insisted that all Muslims were satanic. David initiated peaceful conversation, and questioned her understanding of Islam while struggling to find common ground. Eventually, the dialogue began to show signs of progress. Some of the mosque’s members offered her coffee and bagels. She declined but the conversation continued. Cynthia Cox DeBoutinkhar, one of the mosque’s members, asked the protester to come inside and hugged her. That hug was caught on film and has now been seen all over the world. The protester came inside and took a tour of the center. Her and Cynthia spoke about religion.

Image via: #Op309 Media and Columbus Cop Block

Image via: #Op309 Media and Columbus Cop Block

The woman said initially she didn’t like... WBNS 10TV Columbus Ohio4The video has been shown by news outlets in England, Spain, Indonesia, Russia, and all across the Middle East. I feel fortunate to have witnessed the hug in person. I didn’t intend on covering this story because I wasn’t present that day as a journalist. I was present as an activist. That hug was more than just symbolism. It was a victory for rational thought and the power of open discussion. I know that David, like myself, came with the expectation of having to physically defend the mosque from violence. David’s ability to change gears and peacefully engage in conversation with someone who was openly hostile demonstrated a commitment to peace that is uncommon and admirable.

While most of the world rejoiced because of the hug, many continued to spout hatred. The comments section below a local news station’s video lays the scene. Even though it was the mosque that was attacked and threatened, the comments state that all Muslims are terrorists and that the only good Muslim is a dead one. One man apologized for he and his group not showing up. He stated he would show up tomorrow, but he has to support Donald Trump.

To recap the events: people threatened to blow up a mosque, issued death threats to journalists, stated that everyone in the mosque should be killed, and then those same people have the gall to call the Muslims “terrorists”.

M. David

M. David

A personal note to the mental midget who sent me the death threat: There is more than one journalist who has a beard and wears a keffiyeh. I had no intention of covering this story until your threat. There is no faster way to make certain that I cover a story than to threaten me and tell me not to. M. David doesn’t even work at this outlet, he works over at Counter Current News.  For the purposes of clarity, I’m including photos of both of us. I hope this helps in your endeavors.  Given the fact that you can’t even email the correct target, I’m going to guess that you should probably just walk away from this little adventure. You are way out of your depth.

Justin King

Justin King

Original coverage for this event was provided by Counter Current News.

 

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