The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Local News

August 23, 2012

Plans in place for mosque support rally

JOPLIN, Mo. — Speakers, music and fellowship are planned for the Neighbors — Joplin Mosque Rally from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday in Landreth Park.

More than 700 Facebook users had indicated on the event’s Facebook page on Thursday that they would attend. The event is free.

The rally was planned in response to the Aug. 6 fire that destroyed the Islamic Society of Joplin mosque. About 50 families were part of the mosque. Ashley Carter, a student at Ozark Christian College, organized the rally.

“I feel really good about it,” Carter said of the plans. “I’m excited to see who all is going to come.”

She said volunteers for the rally are “a lot of awesome people,” including international students from Missouri Southern State University and Pittsburg (Kan.) State University.

“The rally is going to be a statement that we won’t let fear or anger stand in the way of the love we have for our neighbors,” Carter said.

Officials with the FBI say they haven’t determined the cause of the Aug. 6 fire, and they’re continuing to investigate. A July 4 fire that damaged the mosque has been ruled an arson. A surveillance video shows a man lighting a package and throwing it onto the roof of the building.

Scheduled speakers at the rally include Hina Qidwai, with the mosque; local Starbucks manager Sara Berry; and Rick Love, president of Peace Catalyst International.

Love said in a phone interview that his Arizona-based organization’s mission is to be an evangelical peacemaker.

“We’re trying to model and demonstrate a model for peacemaking for evangelicals,” Love said. “We are committed to multidimensional reconciliation.”

He said that includes establishing relationships between Christians and Muslims through things as simple as having a meal together.

“We’re always thinking of creative ways to get people together,” he said.

Love said many evangelical Christians fear reaching out to Muslims, but that they should not.

“The rally is a beautiful example of what it means to love your religious neighbors,” Love said. “We’re seeking to be faithful to Jesus. I’m showing up to say to Muslims there, ‘You do have neighbors.’”

Love said all the positive responses to the mosque fire are encouraging, but that it’s sad that something negative had to happen to evoke the response.

“The Bible says we need to weep with those who weep,” he said. “We’re to hate evil and overcome evil with good.”

Love said he would have another message at the rally.

“I want to speak as an American, speak out against the poison of prejudice and stand up for the Constitution,” he said.

Performers at the rally will include Adam Francis, Kaitlin Curtice, Eine Blume and Kufara.

Carter said The Kominas, a New York City band, won’t perform at the rally as originally planned. Members couldn’t scrape together money for airfare.

Other activities at the rally will include writing messages on a banner for the members of the mosque, donating to the mosque and creating art with Art Feeds.

The Islamic Circle of North America has donated 500 backpacks with school supplies for those attending the rally.

Seating

THOSE ATTENDING are asked to provide a blanket or lawn chairs and are welcome to bring a picnic meal.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Last two safe room projects up for Joplin School Board approval

    The Joplin Board of Education during its meeting tonight will consider more than $2.4 million in bid packages for safe rooms at Columbia and West Central elementary schools.

    April 20, 2014

  • AndraBryanStefanoni.jpg Andra Bryan Stefanoni: Mosaic pieces together purpose

    Today I want to tell you about a man named John — a man I never knew existed until last week. And yet he’s making a difference in my community. He is an individual served by Mosaic of Southeast Kansas, which also, I learned, is making a difference.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • 042017 Jo Ellis_c.jpg Jo Ellis: Carthage Historic Preservation to re-create trolley era

    Recapturing history is difficult, but recapturing history without a building, an artifact or a singular focal point is even harder. To celebrate National Historic Preservation Month, Carthage Historic Preservation wants to recapture an era and an experience that have been gone from the city for almost 80 years: the era of the trolley (or tram) cars that provided public transportation.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • SusanRedden.jpg Susan Redden: Candidates for associate judge address GOP group

    The response was all but unanimous among four candidates seeking two Jasper County associate circuit judge positions. Asked to cite the biggest obstacle to justice in Jasper County, three of the four said the most prevalent challenge is getting the needed time on a busy court docket.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Money to area lawmakers slows down but doesn’t stop

    With the Legislature back in session, the flow of campaign cash to local candidates has slowed. But in this election year, the money did not completely stop. All members of the local delegation to the Missouri General Assembly are on the ballot this year, but only two lawmakers are facing opposition.

    April 20, 2014

  • Joplin City Council to hear baseball plan details

    Proposed redevelopment plans for Joe Becker Stadium will be discussed with the Joplin City Council in a work session at the end of its regular meeting tonight. The WLD Suarez partnership has obtained a franchise of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball that succeeds the El Paso (Texas) Diablos.

    April 20, 2014

  • 041814 EPA projects5_72.jpg Contaminated mine tailings could be used on west bypass

    About 500 acres of former mining land at Wildwood Ranch have been reclaimed by contractors working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. More than 1 million cubic yards of contaminated mine tailings in the form of chat and waste rock have been consolidated in a surface repository that someday could be part of the roadbed for a limited-access highway that transportation planners hope to build on the west side of Joplin.

    April 20, 2014 4 Photos

  • 041914 Wedding1_72.jpg VIDEO: Cancer patient walks down aisle in wedding thrown by friends

    A year ago, Schandera Jordan was diagnosed with a rare form cervical cancer. And months after a radical hysterectomy, doctors confirmed the worst: The cancer had spread to her lungs and pancreas.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0420earthday.jpg Prairie State Park kicks off Earth Day events

    Prairie State Park began celebrating Earth Day early with an event Saturday that provided a chance for people of all ages to learn more about how they can protect the environment.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • r041614giregabby.jpg SLIDE SHOW: Teen with cystic fibrosis finds widespread support

    When the Nevada Show Choir performs its spring show on stage, it’s impossible to pick out the student with cystic fibrosis because there are no outward clues.
    Gabby Gire, 18, is just another performer. She sings, she dances, she smiles for the audience.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo 1 Slideshow

Must Read
Sports
Photos


Facebook
Poll

The United States is considering deploying about 150 soldiers for military exercises to begin in Poland and Estonia in the next few weeks, following Russia's buildup of forces near its border with Ukraine. Do you think we should deploy these troops?

Yes
No
     View Results
Opinion
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter