I want to share a letter I received yesterday.
There was a package in front of the door of The Islamic Center here. It was a large Tupperware type of container filled with luscious brownies. This was the letter I that was attached to that container.
” Dear Americans of The Islamic Center of Quincy”
Assalamalikum… (Peace to you)
With the results of the presidential election being what they are, I felt it was important to make a gesture of love towards my fellow Americans. Especially towards my neighbors that the president elect has spoken hatefully about.
I am a white woman. I do not pretend to understand what you must be feeling. I have my own concerns, but my citizenship and livelihood have not been threatened. I am embarrassed for this country and ashamed of these results.
Above all, I wanted to let you and the Islamic community know that whatever comes, you have an ally in me and my husband. I believe in the freedom of religion, of Life, of Liberty, and the Pursuit of happiness. I will fight for those rights for myself and for you, my fellow Americans. Call on me any time.
Peace be Upon You.
Signed Melanie A. and then she gave her email address.
Needless to say, I cried when I read this missive. I sent her an email and today , made copies of her letter and took them along with the tray of the brownies that she had made and let the members of the mosque informed of the empathy that this lady has shown. There is goodness among most of us. That’s why I love this town so frikkin much!