CHICAGO (CBS) — About 200 people gathered Saturday outside an Oak Lawn church to offer interfaith prayers and speak out against Islamophobia, then went door-to-door along 95th Street asking businesses to take a stand against hate.
WBBM’s Bob Roberts reports.
One speaker during the rally, outside of the First United Methodist Church, 10000 Central Av., in Oak Lawn, said intolerance is intolerable. Another said extremism is an aberration, not the norm in Islam and other faiths. They said it is time for Americans to work together, said the president-elect must earn the respect of opponents and called on him to repudiate those who preach racism.
Rabbi Michael Davis of the group Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago said it cannot happen quickly enough.
“We demand that the new administration forcefully denounce these attacks and direct the agencies that report to the president to uphold our civil liberties,” he said.
One man said that since Wednesday morning, one suburban public school has seen a sharp increase in race-baiting and sexual harassment, although he said administrators are addressing it.